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Gerhard Richter / Germany b.1932 / Reader (804) 1994 / Oil on canvas / Collection: San Francisco Museum of Modern Art / © Gerhard Richter 2016
25 NOVEMBER 2016


QAGOMA Director Chris Saines CNZM said 'Gerhard Richter' from 14 October 2017 to 4 February 2018, would be exclusive to GOMA in Australia and feature work created across six decades by one of the world's most successful and influential living artists.

'We are thrilled to be presenting the first substantial exhibition of Gerhard Richter's work ever staged in Australia, including some of his most compelling and enigmatic photo-paintings, monumental abstracts and the epic work Atlas Übersicht 1962–2016, which gives a detailed insight into the artist's working processes,' Mr Saines said.

'The exhibition is being curated by leading Queensland academic Dr Rosemary Hawker with Geraldine Kirrihi Barlow, Head of International Art, QAGOMA, in consultation with the artist and his studio,' he said.

At GOMA from 27 May to 3 September 2017, 'Marvel: Creating the Cinematic Universe' will be the first major Marvel exhibition in Australia and the largest ever presented in an art museum.

Curated by QAGOMA's Amanda Slack-Smith, the exhibition is drawn from the collections of Marvel Studios and Marvel Entertainment and from private collections, and will feature more than 300 film props, costumes, original artworks, comic books and more.

'Marvel: Creating the Cinematic Universe' will give significant focus to Thor, Iron Man, Captain America, Hulk, Black Widow, Guardians of the Galaxy and other Marvel Cinematic Universe characters as well as the creative artists who translate the drawn narrative to the screen through production design and storyboarding, costume and prop design, and special effects and postproduction.

From 11 March to 11 June 2017, 'O'Keeffe, Preston, Cossington Smith: Making Modernism' opens at QAG following its season at the Heide Museum of Art in Melbourne.

'Making Modernism' draws together thirty works by Georgia O'Keeffe, one of the most significant American painters of the twentieth century, alongside more than 60 works by celebrated and pioneering Australian modernists, Margaret Preston and Grace Cossington Smith.

Born in the late nineteenth century, all three artists came of age during the 1910s and '20s, during great social and cultural transition. Through their reinvention of the still life and personal connection to place, they rejected the artistic conventions of the past, forging new ways of picturing the changing world.

'Making Modernism' is presented at QAG in partnership with the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, Santa Fe; Heide Museum of Modern Art and the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

From 22 July to 22 October 2017, 'Sung into Being: Aboriginal Masterworks 1984–94' developed by Diane Moon, Curator of Indigenous Fibre Art, QAGOMA, opens at QAG. It features more than 100 works by artists from Central Arnhem Land, NT and the Kimberley, WA, drawn from the Janet Holmes à Court Collection and the Queensland Art Gallery Collection, with additional key loans from the National Gallery of Australia.

From September 2017, 'Time and Tides: Art in the Torres Strait Islands' will be presented at GOMA with works by TSI artists including Allson Edrick Tabuai, Ken Thaiday Snr, Rosie Ware, Segar Passi, George Arago Sambo, George Nona, James Eseli and Alick Tipoti.

After major renovations to maximise QAG's onsite storage capacity, the Josephine Ulrich and Win Schubert galleries will reopen in September 2017 with an ambitious rehang of the Australian collection including visitor favourites such as R Godfrey Rivers Under the Jacaranda 1903, Vida Lahey's Monday Morning 1912, Ian Fairweather's Epiphany 1962, Emily Kame Kngwarreye Utopia Panels 1996 and the recently gifted Sleeping bride 1957–58 by Arthur Boyd.

From 25 February 2017, Labour Garden by contemporary Australian artist Emily Floyd will be on display at QAG. In this engaging and ambitious artwork, first shown in the Arsenale at Venice in 2015, an array of brightly coloured, curviliniear metal shapes function as the shelves, drawers, desks and seating for a library of some 200 critical texts devoted to the changing nature of work.

Now showing until 17 April 2017, 'Mirror Mirror' at GOMA's Children's Art Centre is a free, interactive project developed in collaboration with Icelandic-born, New York based artist Hrafnhildur Arnardóttir (a.k.a Shoplifter). Inspired by the artist's vibrant and tactile practice, visitors can create their own extraordinary paper hairstyle and help style a wall of artificial hair-like material.

From April to October 2017, the Children's Art Centre will present a large-scale interactive project by contemporary Australian artist Kate Beynon featuring hands-on making and multimedia activities.

In 2017 the Gallery's Australian Cinémathèque will present a wide ranging program including a major survey 'Film Noir' (31 March – 21 May 2017); director retrospectives for Rainer Werner Fassbinder (8 Sept – 1 Oct 2017) and Ingmar Bergman; and live music events with Michel Chion, Elysia Crampton, Alessandro Cortini and Xiu Xiu.

GOMA's tenth anniversary celebrations commence with an extensive program of performances and tours on 3 and 4 December 2016 and run until 17 April 2017. They include free exhibitions 'Sugar Spin: you, me, art and everything', 'Lucent: Aboriginal and Pacific Works from the Collection', and 'A World View: The Tim Fairfax Gift' featuring Anthony McCall's solid-light installation Crossing 2016.

Staged from 18 to 24 January 2017, the GOMA Turns 10 Summer Festival will be an all-ages program of artist talks, tours, drop-in workshops and bands including Regurgitator and The Grates performing sets for children and adults.

QAGOMA's 2017 Program Highlights For more info visit
Gerhard Richter / Germany b.1932 / Reader (804) 1994 / Oil on canvas / Collection: San Francisco Museum of Modern Art / © Gerhard Richter 2016
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