Mella Jaarsma asks: What does it feel like to live in another’s body?

A frog skin is one of the fascinating and surprising items collected by the QAGOMA Research Library, and can be found specifically in the file of Mella Jaarsma, the Netherlands-born artist living in Indonesia. The skin accompanies the preliminary sketches for her ‘The Third Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT3) proposal, Hi inlander 1999,…

Vale: Lee Wen

We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing on 3 March of the much-loved artist, organiser and mentor to many, Lee Wen (1957-2019). A central figure in Singaporean contemporary art for three decades, Lee contributed the performance Journey of a yellow man no. 13: Fragmented bodies/shifting ground 1999 to ‘The 3rd Asia Pacific Triennial of…

Vale: Huang Zhuan

We have been saddened to learn of the passing of the art historian, critic and curator Huang Zhuan (1958–2016), who worked with the Gallery on the curatorial team for Beyond the Future, the 3rd Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary (APT3) in 1999. Huang was an important observer and organiser in the field of contemporary Chinese…

Celebrate Holi at APT8

On Wednesday 23rd March – the eve of the Holi Festival, we invite visitors to the Queensland Art Gallery at 5pm to celebrate with a special free after-hours viewing and exhibition tour to enjoy the vibrancy and colour of the Indian works in the exhibition Kalpa Vriksha: Contemporary Indigenous and Vernacular Art of India which…

APT8 | Kalpa Vriksha

This focus project within The Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT8) exhibition investigates how ancient techniques and subjects are still being used, and how they’ve evolved and become instrumental in the expression of contemporary concerns. The artists featured in the APT8 project Kalpa Vriksha: Contemporary Indigenous and Vernacular Art of India come from small…

Cai Guo-Qiang: At one with the universe

Leaving his Chinese hometown of Quanzhou, Cai Guo-Qiang began wandering the world to experience life outside China. Around three decades later, the powerhouse artist is riding the crest of his career, and has created an enigmatic exhibition at GOMA involving two brand new commissions. Dr Claire Roberts elaborates on the artist’s inspirations and achievements. ‘Falling…