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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,

Matisse ‘Up Late’

Up late is back at GOMA with the current Matisse: Drawing Life exhibit, running from 20 January-2 March 2012 on Fridays 5.30-10pm.

With an exciting line-up planned….

This Friday 3 February 8.30pm Tyrone Noonan (AUS/USA) – originally from Brisbane :)
10 February Brous (AUS)
17 February Jason Lytle (USA)
24 February Halfway (AUS)
2 March Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy (USA) – Tickets selling fast!!!

Catch up with friends for a drink and a bite to eat, check out the extensive Matisse exhibit, experience ‘The Drawing Room’ come to life and enjoy the sweet sounds of live acoustic music performances.

Want to read more on Matisse, check out Angie’s blog >

So yr dilemma is you’re spoilt for choice, Which night will you go? I’ve locked in this Friday, so might see you there!

Yours on the Brisbane Nightlife,
Amber van Sloten

Matisse at GOMA

Art lovers will agree that Henri Matisse was an artist of classical greatness. His career was long and varied, covering many different styles of painting from Impressionism to near Abstraction. Early on in his career, he was viewed as a Fauvist, and his celebration of bright colours reached its peak in 1917 when he began to spend more time on the French Riviera at Nice and Vence. This is where he completed most of his exciting paintings. In 1941, Matisse was diagnosed as having duodenal cancer and was permanently confined to a wheelchair. It was in this condition that he completed the magnificent Chapel of the Rosary in Vence. The above painting “Purple Robe and Anemones” is one of my favourites. I love it because of it’s abstract feel and use of colour and as with most of Matisse’s works, still looks great today in most settings.

Matisse was also a born leader and taught and encouraged other painters. Brisbane artists and art lovers alike are very lucky to be able to view the works of this great artist on display at GOMA until 4th March 2012.

The exhibition, titled ‘Matisse Drawing Life’ is the most comprehensive exhibition of Henri Matisse’s prints ever mounted. It has been presented in partnership with the Bibliotheque nationale de France and includes more than 300 drawings, prints and illustrated books.

An interactive large-scale drawing studio for visitors will feature The Drawing Room, inspired by Matisse and his working environments in GOMA’s Long Gallery.

Yours in Classic Artists,


Celebrate Italian Week in Brisbane

The flavours, fashion and flair of Italy will be celebrated during Italian Week in Brisbane from 26 May – 2 June.

To coincide with the week, at Brio Group we’re excited to launch Optical FX’s new website, which gives a nod to the much-loved European country. If you’re near Mary Street during Italian Week, pop in store for a free cappuccino and Italian treat – you may even want to try on the Italian Vanni fashion frames.

Also in celebration, our Managing Director Belinda Vesey-Brown will again be ‘lending’ her beloved Fiat for display in Queen Street Mall. Parts of Brisbane will come alive during the festivities and GoMA has not forgotten the event either. GoMA’s Cinematheque is screening Commedia Dell’Arte from 28th May – 1 June. It’s a two cinema classic that celebrate the relationship between theatre, film and reality.

To view the official event’s program, visit the Italian Week website.

Yours in Italian Week festivities,


Let there be rock

Lovers of rock can swap stage for cinema during the upcoming Let There Be Rock program at the Gallery of Modern Art’s Cinémathèque.

Featuring more than 45 documentaries, concert movies and feature films capturing the rebellious spirit of rock music, Let There Be Rock surveys more than 50 years of music on the big screen. Audiences can expect a musical journey from Elvis Presley in Jailhouse Rock 1957 and The Beatles in A Hard Day’s Night 1964 to Jimmy Page, The Edge and Jack White in It Might Get Loud 2009 and Animal Collective’s visual album ODDSAC 2009. The program runs from April 29 to June 5.

The Friday night screenings will come alive when local musicians respond to the music represented on screen with very special short live performances. Look out for Ben Salter (The Gin Club), Matt Somers (I Heart Hiroshima), Seja Vogel, Tim Steward and Kate Jacobsen (Texas Tea) who will provide their own unique takes on Joy Division, The Rolling Stones, Arcade Fire, The White Stripes and The Doors.

And, for the Gurge fans, make sure you mark this is in your diary: on June 3, Quan Yeomans (Regurgitator) will take on the music of Prince prior to a screening of Purple Rain 1984.

For more information about the program and ticket details, please visit the GoMA website.

Yours in music,


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,


GoMA launches 21st Century: Art in the First Decade

Bharti Kher 'The skin speaks a language not his own' 2006

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,


Spend Friday nights at GoMA’s Up Late

When 5pm rolls around each Friday, what do you do?

a) Head to a city bar and muse over the working week with colleagues and a bottle or two of vino?

b) Drive straight home and settle in for an evening of TV and takeaway?

c) Or… do you spend the evening longing to find a cultural and swish answer that breaks the Friday night norm?

If you selected (c), then GoMA’s Up Late evenings, every Friday night from 3 September until 12 November are for you!

Mingle with like-minded people and invite your friends to share a stylish evening smack bang in the centre of the ‘Valentino, Retrospective: Past/Present/Future‘ exhibition. Each Friday night during the exhibition, local fashion designers share their inspirations. Plus GoMA has scored a string of special guests from contemporary culture to tickle your artsy tastebuds. The Gallery’s Australian Cinematheque will also screen feature films and docos exploring fashion and its relationship to cinema.

And while you’re being seduced by Valentino’s gowns and all the fashion chat, you will be lulled by the chilled sounds of leading local, national and international DJs. Chinese DJ B6 plays this Friday night (22 Oct) while DJ Van She Tech closes the Up Late event on 12 November.

Friday nights in Brisbane have now become a lot better. But, it’s not for long! So make sure you book early to ensure you end your working week in style!

Tickets are $20 and available from qtix.

Yours in culture,