Opened in 2006 to complement the Queensland Art Gallery (QAG), the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA)
has quickly become one of the largest modern and contemporary art galleries in Australia, its reputation reaching far beyond the country’s borders. With highlights including works by Ai Weiwei, GOMA was inaugurated by the 5th Asia Pacific Triennial and has since offered a diverse range of temporary exhibitions (including Andy Warhol, Picasso and his collection, and Cai Guo-Qiang’s Falling Back to Earth
), as well as a widening collection, featuring works by both international and Australian artists like Anish Kapoor
, Yayoi Kusama, Martin Creed, Damien Hirst, William Robinson, Fiona Hall, Tracey Moffatt and Rosemary Laing. Located on the south bank of the Brisbane river, GOMA is only a short walk away from the city center. Besides the collections inside, the building itself is a piece of architectural art: designed by Architectus studio, the main pavilion is a ‘light box’ on the river side, whereas on the road side a ‘dark box’ includes the cinematheques
where film screenings regularly take place. Add a permanent Children’s Art Centre, a well-stocked art merchandise and book shop, and night openings with live music, and you will have your first step into Brisbane’s contemporary art scene.