Snowman makes Brisbane its home

Defined by warm weather for most of the year, sun seekers flock to Brisbane to enjoy the Queensland capital’s subtropical climate, perfect weather to enjoy the great outdoors. Therefore, you wouldn’t expect to see a snowman on your travels or would you? When you visit, come face to frosty face with our surprising out-of-season snowman,…

Contemporary African masks create a subversive loop

Beninese artist Romuald Hazoumè’s masks are humorous, playful and political — constructed from recycled waste — he began making the mask series in Benin in the mid 1980s. Hazoumè’s ‘recycling’ refers to the inequitable history of exchange between Africa and Europe. Cultural artefacts such as masks were taken during the 20th-century artistic avant-gardes’ obsession with…

Albrecht Durer & the fifteenth-century printing press

The exhibition ‘Revelations’ celebrates the historical innovations of the printing press and photography, which untethered images from expensive manuscripts and paintings, presenting new ways to navigate the world and our place in it. This, the first in our two part series focuses on the printing press and Albrecht Dürer’s (1471–1528) illustrated volume of The Book of…

Old Master prints of the fifteenth century

Masters of the fifteenth century, such as Lucas van Leyden and Heinrich Aldegrever, transformed printmaking into a refined art form and have influenced artists for centuries. The Gallery’s historical international holdings of Old Master prints comprised of etchings, woodcuts and engravings by artist–printmakers from the fifteenth to the eighteenth centuries includes works by Lucas van…

Martin Boyce re-imagines twentieth-century Modernism

A hidden gem outside the western precinct of the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA), Martin Boyce’s three Cubist inspired trees are nestled within nature waiting to be discovered. Boyce re-imagines twentieth-century Modernism through his sculptures and installations, which rework and give new life to modernist forms of art, architecture and design. Here we delve into…