Queensland Gallery of Modern Art

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Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA)
Main entrance to GOMA.
Main entrance to GOMA.
Established December 2006 (2006-12)[1]
Location Stanley Place, South Brisbane, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Coordinates 27°28′14″S 153°01′02″E / 27.470606°S 153.017235°E / -27.470606; 153.017235Coordinates: 27°28′14″S 153°01′02″E / 27.470606°S 153.017235°E / -27.470606; 153.017235
Type Art museum
Visitors 1,000,000 (2010)[2]
Director Chris Saines[3]
Owner Government of Queensland
Public transit access Bus: Cultural Centre station
Train: South Brisbane station
Website qagoma.qld.gov.au

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.

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 (490 ft) away. Queensland's Gallery of Modern Art also houses Australia's first purpose built cinematheque. 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 square metres (270,000 sq ft) and the largest exhibition gallery is 1,100 square metres (12,000 sq ft). The building was designed by Sydney architecture firm Architectus.

The gallery's first purchase was made in 1895.[4]


The architecture of GOMA was designed to replicate a "pavilion in the landscape".

In July 2002, Sydney-based company Architectus was commissioned by the Queensland Government following an Architect Selection Competition, to design the Queensland Art Gallery's second site, the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA). A main theme of Architectus's design was a pavilion in the landscape, one which assumes its position as both hub and anchor for this important civic precinct. Critical to this is the building's response to the site, its natural topography, existing patterns of urban generation, and the river. Architectus was awarded the 2007 RAIA National Award for Public Architecture for the design of GOMA.[5]


Entrance to GoMA during the exhibition "21st Century: Art in the First Decade"

Past and current exhibitions at GOMA include:

  • Future Beauty: 30 Years of Japanese Fashion (1 November 2014 – 15 February 2015)
  • Cai Guo-Qiang: Falling Back to Earth (23 November 2013 – 11 May 2014)
  • Matisse: Drawing Life (3 December 2011 – 4 March 2012)
  • Surrealism: The Poetry of Dreams (11 June - 2 October 2011)
  • 21st Century: Art in the First Decade (18 December 2010 - 26 April 2011)[6]
  • Valentino, Retrospective: Past/present/Future (7 August – 14 November 2010)
  • Ron Mueck (8 May – 1 August 2010)
  • The China Project (28 March – 28 June 2009)
  • Contemporary Australia: Optimism (15 November 2008 – 22 February 2009)
  • Picasso & his collection (9 June - 14 September 2008)
  • Andy Warhol (8 December 2007 – 13 April 2008)[7]

Asia-Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art[edit]

The Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) hosts the Asia-Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art jointly with the Queensland Art Gallery (QAG), since opening in 2006.

  • The 8th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT8) will be presented from November 2015 to May 2016
  • The 7th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT7) (8 December 2012 - 14 April 2013)[8]
  • The 6th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT6) (5 December 2009 – 5 April 2010)
  • The 5th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT5) (2 December 2006 – 27 May 2007)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Queensland Art Gallery. "History". Retrieved 20 June 2013. 
  2. ^ Australian Broadcasting Corporation. "GoMA tops Australia's most visited gallery list". Retrieved 20 June 2013. 
  3. ^ Queensland Art Gallery. "Trustees & Executive Management Team". Retrieved 20 June 2013. 
  4. ^ "Collection". Queensland Art Gallery. Retrieved 24 May 2014. 
  5. ^ "Gallery of Modern Art, Queensland". Dynamic Architecture. Australian Institute of Architects. 2013. Retrieved 21 August 2016. 
  6. ^ GOMA - 21st Century Archived September 6, 2013, at the Wayback Machine.
  7. ^ Queensland Art Gallery. "Past Exhibitions". Retrieved 20 June 2013. 
  8. ^ Queensland Art Gallery. "Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT)". Retrieved 20 June 2013. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Queensland Gallery of Modern Art at Wikimedia Commons