Acting Premier and Treasurer Curtis Pitt said QAGOMA’s expansive, re-imagined Australian Collection brings the Gallery’s extensive collection together in a electric way.
“This new presentation of the Australian Collection showcases the state’s Indigenous and contemporary works with the Gallery’s historical Australian art, collected for more than 120 years,” said Pitt.
“The Australian Collection, within Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Galleries of Queensland Art Gallery (QAG), will also feature significant new acquisitions and gifts such as Arthur Boyd’s Sleeping Bride 1957-8 and Ian Fairweather’s Gethsemane 1958.”
Pitt congratulated the QAGOMA team, led by Director Chris Saines, for reconsidering their own Australian Collection during an extensive major storage update to ensure the preservation of the Gallery’s artworks for future generations.
“I am delighted that visitors to QAG can now enjoy a new experience of the state’s much loved collection of Australian art, together with several major new works, which all explore our important local stories,” he said.
Saines said the rehang of the Australian collection had been an ambitious but deeply satisfying undertaking. Led by the Australian Art department, it has drawn on expertise from across the Gallery.
“We have worked to re-engage the display of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander works with familiar non-Indigenous artists in the Collection, to tell a fuller, more complete story of Australian art,” he said.
“We’ve also introduced the Australian Collection Hub, an interactive space with digital touchscreens where audiences can access more information about specific artworks and artists.”
The entire collection is available for viewing now.