An exhibition showcasing the work of Patricia Piccinini will open exclusively at Brisbane’s Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) next March. It will become GOMA’s largest  solo exhibition by an Australian artist.

Premier and Minister for Arts Annastacia Palaszczuk said that she was proud to partner with GOMA to deliver another iconic exhibition.

“GOMA has established itself as a major player in the contemporary art world and this new exhibition by the renowned Patricia Piccinini will further cement Queensland’s international reputation,” said Palaszczuk.

Deputy Premier and Member for South Brisbane Jackie Trad, who launched Patricia Piccinini: Curious Affection on 21 September, said the exhibition would feature more than 50 new and recent works by the globally renowned artist.

“The Palaszczuk Government is passionate about the arts and supporting our local creative community and we have invested $10.8 million over four years to bring blockbuster exhibitions like this one to GOMA,” said Trad.

The same funding brought the popular Marvel: Creating the Cinematic Universe exhibition to Brisbane and Piccinni’s work is expected to be well-received by lovers of contemporary art.

“Occupying all of the Gallery’s ground floor galleries, including the Children’s Art Centre, the exhibition will include sculpture, photography, video, drawing and installation, as well as never-before-seen commissions including entirely immersive environments,” said Trad.

The exhibition also explores the challenging world of science, genetic engineering developments and nature with a focus on how humanity will face its future.

“Ms Piccinini is one of the world’s most popular contemporary artists and it is incredibly exciting that GOMA has been able to work with her to produce this exclusive-to-Queensland exhibition featuring major new works,” said Trad.

Queensland Art Gallery and GOMA Director Chris Saines believes Piccinini is one of the most interesting Australian artists working today in the way she explores the interrelationship of humanity and the natural world.

“Working with a skilled team of collaborators and computer technology, Patricia’s art collapses the boundaries between reality and artifice to create captivating environments populated by strangely compelling, often hybridised, startlingly realistic sculptures, that are foreign and strange looking, yet seemingly familiar,” said Saines.

“The artworks in the GOMA exhibition will deliberately challenge our conceptions about what it means to be human and the power of empathy.”

The exhibition will run from 24 March to 5 August, 2018 and will feature some of Piccinini’s most recognisable life-like sculptures, among them The Bond 2016, a woman lovingly cradling an ambiguous creature, along with Big Mother 2005The Comforter 2010, and The Carrier 2012.

It will include a large-scale, newly commissioned inflatable sculpture suspended in GOMA’s atrium and a major new installation The Field, a landscape of some 3000 genetically modified flower sculptures that will draw visitors into a vast, multisensory environment.

Read more about GOMA’s Marvel exhibition here.