Day 127: Art for art’s sake

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THIS Brismania diary has yet to cover some of the city’s more obvious attractions but since the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art, or GOMA, is celebrating its 10th anniversary, it’s time to investigate.

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The Gallery of Modern Art from Kurilpa Bridge

The exhibitions change regularly. I always promise myself to get down more often as it is a new world every time I get there.

It’s worth checking the GOMA website to keep up with the changes and what’s coming up. The current anniversary exhibition is a cracker.

GOMA opened in December 2006. It is the monumental angular building with walls of glass protected by a huge projecting roof and facing the Brisbane River.  It is within the Cultural Centre precinct at the northern end of South Bank.

The building itself is best viewed – and accessed – from Kurilpa Bridge.

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Current Sugar Spin exhibition

Inside, there are elevators connecting the levels. Huge open exhibition halls to wander, and the river lounge to rest and enjoy fabulous views.

It also has two cinemas screening rare and arthouse films which are usually free. |It is the only dedicated cinema in an Australian art museum.

The large interior spaces allow it to exhibit sometimes gigantic but always unusual and fascinating, art installations.

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The exhibition space is big enough to display … well just about anything.

Wander 150 metres next door and you’ll find the Queensland Art Gallery which opened in 1982 and has a collection of more than 17,000 works.

It’s easy to while away the hours between the two at QAGOMA, because there are gallery shops and cafes as well as outdoor spaces and lawns to lounge about.

As it should be, this isn’t the sort of place to write about as GOMA is something that needs to be seen and explored. It’s up there with the world’s best.

Entry is free so it’s most definitely the sort of place you don’t visit just once. It is constantly changing and should be placed on a regular “to do” list. GOMA

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