The Queensland Art Galley | Gallery of Modern Art aspires to become the world’s leading museum for the contemporary art of Australia, Asia and the Pacific, Director Chris Saines said in an address outlining his vision for the future of the institution this week. Mr Saines signalled a shift toward using the Gallery’s expertise to produce major exhibitions including a show of new work by Queensland-born artist Tracey Moffatt in late 2014 and a significant survey of Queensland contemporary art in 2015.
An international symposium would be reinstated for the eighth edition of the Gallery’s flagship project, the Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, in 2015–16, which would consider new countries and a younger generation of artists, and feature a strong presentation of performance.
Other QAGOMA curated projects flagged in the address were a series of exhibitions of international master artists including Cindy Sherman in 2016 and Gerhard Richter in 2018, along with an ambitious exhibition exploring light, space and architecture to mark GOMA’s tenth anniversary in 2016–17.
Also announced was the acquisition of one of the major new commissions that will appear in ‘Cai Guo-Qiang: Falling Back to Earth’, opening 23 November. The Gallery will acquire the spectacular site-specific installation Heritage, thanks to the generosity of Queensland benefactor Win Schubert.
Watch the full address above, or read the transcript.