A picture of sustainability

Always aspiring to greener galleries, QAGOMA’s sustainability innovations are a priority across the organisation through waste and energy reduction targets. With a goal of carbon-neutral readiness, the Gallery’s environmental sustainability policy means your enjoyment of our Collection needn’t cost the earth. Recycling During National Recycling Week (held every year during the second week of November),…

Once Neolithic urns now painted vases

Ceramics have played important practical, social, and cultural roles for tens of thousands of years. Early pottery traditions have been studied and admired for their technological advances and remain an indicator of societal evolution, marking the transition from hunting and gathering to agriculture. From Neolithic times pottery has incorporated aesthetic modifications, providing the foundation for…

Boomerang: Ai Weiwei’s waterfall-style chandelier

Composed of 270 000 crystal pieces, Boomerang is an imposing example of internationally renowned Chinese-born artist Ai Weiwei’s strategy of working playfully across cultural contexts. Shaped after the iconic Aboriginal throwing tool, this oversized, intensely lit, waterfall-style chandelier fills the soaring space above the water in the Queensland Art Gallery Watermall as if it were…

Ai Weiwei’s chandelier, and other errant objects

When you visit the Queensland Art Gallery, reacquaint yourself with Ai Weiwei’s Boomerang 2006 installed in its original ‘The 5th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art’ (APT5) configuration in the Gallery’s expansive Watermall until 30 January 2022. Ai Weiwei’s ‘Boomerang’ chandelier Boomerang 2006 was the centrepiece of Ai Weiwei’s participation in APT5. An extravagant, tiered,…