2013: GOMA turns 10 countdown

With GOMA turning 10 in just a couple of weeks, we look back at one of the most dramatic exhibitions held at GOMA. ‘Cai Guo-Qiang: Falling Back to Earth’ (23 November 2013 – 11 May 2014) showcased major new works by a global artist whose large-scale installations and explosion events have made him one of…

Gold Coast Benefactor awarded 2015 QAGOMA Medal

In recognition of her exceptional and inspiring contribution to the state art collection, the Gallery has awarded Gold Coast-based philanthropist Mrs Winifred (Win) Schubert AO the 2015 QAGOMA Medal. Win Schubert was presented with the Medal in front of 150 guests at the 2015 Foundation Annual Dinner held at the Gallery on Saturday 10 October.…

‘How did the tree get into GOMA?’

While developing his exhibition ‘Falling Back to Earth’ at the Gallery of Modern Art, Cai Guo-Qiang undertook a series of research visits to locations around Queensland. On one of these trips, Cai, his family, and Cai Studio manager Kelly Ma took a tour of Lamington National Park, near the Queensland/New South Wales border. This extraordinary…

Cai Guo-Qiang ‘Heritage’ inspired by Queensland’s North Stradbroke Island

‏Purchased for the Collection with generous support from the Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Diversity Foundation, this major installation work, a ‘last paradise’ inspired by Queensland’s North Stradbroke Island, moves visitors with the symbolism behind the work. Heritage On first encountering Cai Guo-Qiang’s 2013 installation Heritage, many visitors gasp in awe and surprise, a visceral…

MayKing Tea at GOMA

Engagement and exchange with people is a central element in Cai Guo-Qiang’s work. Conceived by the artist as an integral element in the exhibition, the Tea Pavilion is a place within the ‘Falling Back to Earth’ exhibition for visitors to reflect on the works they have experienced, and to engage with one another. Fiona Neill…

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…