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Children’s Art Centre Exhibitions

Having a 20 month old toddler, I know how challenging it can be coming up with new and exciting activities for kids… especially when it’s raining!

This said, I have to share with you my weekend visit to the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA). They have a great interactive kids exhibition running at the moment called Yayoi Kusama: The obliteration room, 2002 (running 19 November 2011 – 11 March 2012). The obliteration room invites visitors to obliterate the completely white surfaces of a life sized Australian living room, re-created within the Gallery, with coloured adhesive dots.

I could not hazard a guess at how many thousands of dots there are already in the room!

Children's Art Centre Exhibitions

About the Artist: Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama is one of the most significant and influential artists working today. When she was a small girl she started seeing the world through a screen of tiny dots. They covered everything she saw – the walls, ceilings and even her own body. For 40 years she has made paintings, sculptures and photographs using dots to cover surfaces and fill rooms. Kusama calls this process ‘obliteration’, which means the complete destruction of every trace of something.

Check out the current kids exhibitions here.

Yours in creative kids entertainment,

Surrealism exhibition to open at GoMA

Salvador Dalí 'Hallucination partielle' 1931

One of the world’s important collections of surrealist art will be shown at Brisbane’s Gallery of Modern Art this winter.

Paris’s renowned Centre Pompidou will loan the core of its surrealist collection for Surrealism: The Poetry of Dreams, a major survey exhibition showing at GoMA from June 11 to October 2, 2011. The exhibition will include more than 180 paintings, sculptures, photographs, works on paper and films by 56 artists, dating from 1913 through to the late 1970s.

This impressive exhibition follows suite from GoMA’s highly-loved Valentino exhibition as yet another major coupe for Brisbane’s GoMA – proving that culture is alive and well (and growing) in our city.

Queensland Art Gallery Director Tony Ellwood said the surrealist collection from the Musée national d’art moderne at the Centre Pompidou was Europe’s most significant.

“We are thrilled GoMA is the exclusive Australian venue for this superb exhibition,” Mr Ellwood said. ‘The exhibition celebrates one of the most important artistic movements of the twentieth-century and offers audiences unprecedented access to an astonishing collection of works,” he said.

The exhibition will feature iconic surrealist works by artists such as Giorgio de Chirico, Salvador Dalí, Paul Delvaux, Max Ernst, Alberto Giacometti, René Magritte, Joan Miró, Man Ray and Yves Tanguy. Plus it will also reveal the work of artists less frequently exhibited in Australia, such as Hans Bellmer, Victor Brauner, Joseph Cornell, André Masson, Francis Picabia and Raoul Ubac.

The Gallery will present an extensive film program exploring the presence of Surrealism within the history of cinema, an innovative Children’s Art Centre program integrating surrealist games, an Up Late series with weekly music performances, talks, film screenings and other special events and public programs,’ he said.

Tickets are now on sale through www.qtix.com.au. For more information please visit the GoMA website.

Yours in Brisbane art exhibitions,


Brisbane art galleries re-open after floods

The Queensland floods have put life on temporary hold for many people and businesses whilst the rebuild continues. Thankfully, life in Brisbane’s art world has now stirred with the re-opening of Brisbane’s premier art venues, The Queensland Art Gallery (QAG) and Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA), last week. The doors burst open to welcome the art-loving public back to enjoy exhibitions including Scott Redford: Introducing Reinhardt Dammn at QAG and the popular 21st Century: Art in the First Decade at GoMA.

Also joining the line-up is GoMA Talks. The fortnightly (until 14 April) Communcation – Who are we in the world of Web 2.0 series is hosted by Antony Funnell who invites the public to engage with a panel of ABC’s Radio National presenters on the issues that defined the first decade of the 21st century.

You can discuss how Web 2.0 fits into our world today. Web 2.0 refers to the interactive capabilities from the ‘second generation’ of the World Wide Web and includes social networking sites, blogging, video sharing and wikis. It will be an interesting talk, as the way we experience and use the internet today has changed greatly, especially with user-generated content being such a driving force behind Web 2.0.

If you’d like to pick the brains of industry experts from a range of fields and disciplines, join in the next talk on March 3 2011. You can also interact via the webcast, streamed live via the 21C Blog. Plus, why not tweet your questions to the panel during the events using the hashtag #GoMAtalks. You’ll be interacting in true Web 2.0 fashion!

For more information of the public talks, as well as visitor information and date changes to exhibitions, visit the Re-opening Update via the galleries’ website.

Yours in Brisbane art galleries,