Posted by: debrakolkka | December 21, 2010

21st Century – Art in the first decade

21st Century - 18th Dec 2010 - 26th April 2011

This summer 2010 -2011, to mark the end of the first decade of this millenium, GoMA Brisbane presents “21st Century: Art in the First Decade”.  The exhibition occupies the entire Gallery of Modern Art and focuses exclusively on works created between 2000 and 2010.  It showcases more than 200 works and fetures over 140 artists from more than 40 countries.

Luckily, I live near GoMA.  The exhibition opened on the weekend and I went this morning bright and early and waited for the doors to open.  It is school holidays and there were dozens of families lined up with me waiting to rush in.  Take a look and see what you think.

the headless skater

lights and mirrors

up close

Almagul Menlibayeya - wrapping history

baby elephant

his lovely feet

wooden dogs

very cute

bird's nest from shredded money

model buildings

art from found materials

and again


deck chairs looking over the city

you can buy them at the gallery shop

I love the peacock

a very big thing

made from rubbish bags

painted things

I don't know what it is, but I like it


a fabulous space

old and new techniques

Ming Dynasty vases painted over

I love these things

a sparkly skull

the wishing wall

pick a wish and wear it on your wrist - when it falls off your wish will come true

I love this series

aren't they amazing?

I think it is a cricket

why not a rabbit?

or a bird

I could go on, there is so much to see.  In the next post on the exhibition I will take you through the fabulous things there for children and their lucky parents.  GoMA does an excellent job.  This exhibition is exciting and a lot of fun, and it is free.  It runs until 26th April 2011. Go!


  1. wow swell photos!! 😀

    and such intricate and fantastic art!! 😀

    loved ur post

    • Thank you for your comments. I hope you continue to enjoy our posts.

  2. Magnificent post, as always, Deb! We definitely don’t spend enough time at art galleries, thank you for the prompt!

  3. Sounds like a great day out Debra. I love wandering around galleries, it’s been too long…

  4. Deb thank you for showing us this!! I will try to go up tp Brissie and catch it before it closes. I was there a coupla months ago, for a photography exhibition. Great gallery!!

    • You should come to Brisbane. The exhibition is wonderful and a lot of fun.

  5. Fabulous post Deb, you are brave going when it first opens on School holidays. We will get there soon….x

    • I got there early. It was crowded, but not too bad. The swimming pool was being repaired (already) so I will have to go back.

  6. Amazing what these artists come up with their creations! My favourite things would be “Wrapping History”, baby elephant, the Aboriginal artwork and the series of busts with various objects on their heads. Great post, Deb, thank you for giving us a peek inside this wonderful gallery.

    • You come up to see it for yourself.

  7. I really don’t spend nearly enough time at galleries & I live just a few blocks away from the National Art Gallery…, you’ve shamed me Deb.
    I love this exhibition, awesome job with the photography – love the deck chairs & even though I have to scratch my head & say ‘what the?’ I just love the ‘big thing’ go figure!!

    • Perhaps the reason for the deck chairs is to encourage us to sit quietly and appreciate the art in our city. Who knows?

  8. There are LOADS of interesting snaps amongst this lot 🙂


  9. Interesting stuff, I like ’em.

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