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GoMA launches 21st Century: Art in the First Decade

GoMA launches 21st Century: Art in the First Decade

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Two spiralling steel slides, a sound installation created by live finches, a swimming pool, a room filled with balloons, and a giant installation of coloured plastic bags are centrepieces of a major free exhibition of contemporary art from around the world at Brisbane’s Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA).

These installations by internationally acclaimed artists are among the 200-plus works produced in the past ten years by more than 140 artists from 42 countries in the exhibition 21st Century: Art in the First Decade, on display until April 26, 2011.

Queensland Art Gallery Director Tony Ellwood said ‘21st Century’ was the largest exhibition of contemporary international art ever staged by a single Australian art institution and would challenge ideas about contemporary art and the art museum today.

“The exhibition encompasses all of GoMA and explores the impact of recent global political, economic, environmental and technological issues through works by artists born in the 1920s through to the 1980s. More than 80 per cent of works featured are drawn from the Gallery’s expanding collection.”

‘‘21st Century’ is a multi-platform experience that includes ‘21st Century Kids’, 12 interactive projects and a summer festival, supported by the Tim Fairfax Family Foundation; the Internet Meme Project, a curated program of 250 screens featuring viral internet content; three Australian Cinémathèque film programs kicking off with ‘A New Tomorrow: Visions of the Future in Cinema’ from Boxing Day; and a range of public programs including a symposium in March,” Mr Ellwood said.

So with all this rain hindering our weekend visits to the beach, why not have a culture day instead and visit GoMA. This exhibition is free and runs until April 26. Visit the official 21st Century: Art in the First Decade website to discover more.

Yours in culture,


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