The Queensland Gallery of Modern Art

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The Queensland Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) is an art museum located in the South Bank precinct of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. The gallery is part of the Queensland Cultural Centre.

The Queensland Gallery of Modern Art, Australia
The Queensland Gallery of Modern Art, Australia

GOMA opened on 2 December 2006. It is the Queensland Art Gallery's second building, and is the largest gallery of modern and contemporary art in Australia. It complements the Queensland Art Gallery (QAG) building, situated only 150 metres away. Queensland's Gallery of Modern Art also houses Australia's first purpose built cinematheque.

The Queensland Gallery of Modern Art, Australia
The Queensland Gallery of Modern Art, Australia

The gallery is situated on Kurilpa Point next to the Queensland Art Gallery and State Library of Queensland and faces the Brisbane River and the CBD, which is just across the river. The Gallery of Modern Art has a total floor area over 25,000 m² and the largest exhibition gallery is 1,100 m². The building was designed by Sydney architecture firm Architectus.

The Queensland Gallery of Modern Art, Australia
The Queensland Gallery of Modern Art, Australia

This gallery displays Australian art from the colonial period to the early twentieth century, highlighting the influence of European traditions on the visual culture of the colonies. The earliest works are, in fact, documents of early European exploration of the South Pacific; the works responding to the Australian landscape follow the picturesque and topographical traditions established in England in the eighteenth century.

The Queensland Gallery of Modern Art, Australia
The Queensland Gallery of Modern Art, Australia

Throughout the nineteenth century, European settlers in Australia became increasingly at home in their surroundings and their art reflects this changing relationship with their environment. For example, JA Clarke's Panorama of Brisbane 1880 is arguably the most important painting produced in colonial Queensland. It was commissioned by the Queensland Government - as a sign of the progress and prosperity of the colony - to be displayed at the 1880 Melbourne International Exhibition.

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