Boxing Day & The Gallery of Modern Art in Brisbane

January 8, 2007 at 10:00 am | Posted in Brisbane, General, Out and About, Travel | Leave a comment

I was in Brisbane for Christmas this year and on an overcast Boxing Day went to the city and visited the new Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA).  The building itself, as you’d expect being a new oneis quite modern looking but being Queensland is not overly wild or avante-garde although on the plus side it features views of the city from Brisbane’s Cultural Precinct. 



GOMA features numerous large spaces permitting greater flexibility to the curators when developing displays. On the day I went they also had the Asia-Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art and this provided an excellent insight into the development of art in the region. GOMA also offers movies and a retrospective of modern art over the past few decades.

For an inexplicable reason, I found the Jackie Chan video collection the most notable. A dark (read: good chance of falling over a bench) section with many, many TV and projected screens of Jackie’s movies.

Overall, I found GOMA to be interesting and quite pleasant to wander around, although not being able to take water through is my perennial annoyance. Though with one exhibit made entirely of sand it is at least understandable. I definitely recommend Brisbane’s GOMA over Sydney’s MCA.   

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