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“@YumchaAddict reviews the Queensland Art Gallery in Brisbane”

Queensland Art Gallery
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USD 75.28*
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Brisbane City Sights and South Bank Day Trip from...
Ranked #27 of 389 things to do in Brisbane
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) is a single institution located across two adjacent river-side buildings in the Cultural Precinct at Brisbane's South Bank. QAGOMA holds a collection of historical, modern and contemporary art, and stages a dynamic program of Australian and international exhibitions. We are home to the Children's Art Centre which collaborates on interactive artworks with leading artists from around the world, and the Australian Cinematheque, the only dedicated cinema facility in an Australian art museum. QAGOMA operates its own retail outlets and cafes and restaurants, proceeds from which support the Gallery.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Stairs / lift, Wheelchair access, Activities for young children, Lockers / storage, Food available for purchase
Reviewed 6 April 2018

Visited this State Art Gallery many times and it always has new and interesting exhibitions. Every time I visit, it has become more popular with larger crowds.

Older building with a large double-storey foyer and water-feature often displaying temporary sculpture installations. Definitely worth visiting this gallery & the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) nearby!

All of Brisbane's visual & performing arts facilities are conveniently located together in a cultural district along the riverfront. Easily accessible from the CBD by bridge & nearby train station.

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Reviewed 23 March 2018

I came to view the Aboriginal paintings on display in the art gallery and was astonished to also find Picasso's pencil drawings on display. In a small room at the top of the escalator, were many oil paintings and colorful ceramic pots done by aboriginal artists. The wall paintings seemed to be about all the same size and featured Australian outback landscapes - bare sunburned hills, sparse dry vegetation punctuated with trees, a small river. These paintings used bright colors associated with Aboriginal works - orange, soft yellow, dulled purple, greyed green, rusty brown. Three walls held this appealing art. However, the portrait paintings did not appeal to me as they reminded me of children's artwork. This room also held cases displaying colorful ceramic pots. I chuckled at the creative lid tops which had handles in the shape of a lizard, kangaroo, an owl, and a frog.

At the base of the escalator I was surprised to see a large room with all 4 walls filled with line drawings done by Picasso. These featured subjects related to the minatour, circus, and naked ladies. The size of the collection on display rivaled the one I had seen in the Barcellona Picasso Art Gallery. Looking at Picasso's line drawings, I felt like sitting in front of one to see if I could copy the pencil squiggles he used so successfully to create these pictures.

This art gallery has a modern, spacious, bright look inside. In the lobby area is a large shallow pool filled with shiny, chrome floating balls overlooked by a wall of hanging small green plants to contrast against white walls. This museum is connected to the Queensland Museum with a walkway featuring a lovely pool and patio. I was delighted I had spent some time in this gallery on my 1 day's visit to Brisbane.

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Reviewed 16 March 2018

A not to miss! I was lucky to find Picasso's Vollard suite was on coinciding with my visit. It continues to April

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QAGOMA, Public Relations Manager at Queensland Art Gallery, responded to this reviewResponded 19 March 2018

Hi, many thanks for the excellent review. Glad to hear you enjoyed the Picasso exhibition. Regards QAGOMA

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Reviewed 13 March 2018 via mobile

A valuable experience to increase knowledge of contemporary and traditional art..
The collections are from around the world and include sculptures and textiles.

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QAGOMA, Public Relations Manager at Queensland Art Gallery, responded to this reviewResponded 19 March 2018

Hi Kanta, thanks for the excellent feedback, do visit us again when you are back in Brisbane. Regards QAGOMA

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Reviewed 10 March 2018 via mobile

I recently visited this art gallery while visiting Brisbane during a cruise. It is very close to the Gallery of Modern Art which I also visited. Of the two galleries, I enjoyed this one more. The building is just beautiful with water features and statues at the entrance of the gallery. There is lots of art to enjoy here from Pablo Picasso's La Belle Hollandaise to Indigenous Australian art. The gallery is free and you will need at least a couple of hours to enjoy it.

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QAGOMA, Public Relations Manager at Queensland Art Gallery, responded to this reviewResponded 12 March 2018

Hi, many thanks for the excellent review. Visit us again when you are back in Australia. Regards QAGOMA

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