6th Asia Pacific Triennial Opens in Brisbane

7 December, 2009

Kohei Nawa / Japan b.1975 / PixCell-Elk#2 (detail) 2009 / Taxidermied elk, glass, acrylic, crystal beads / 240 x 249.5 x 198cm / Work created with the support of the Fondation d’enterprise Hermės. Courtesy the artist and SCAI, Tokyo. Photograph: Seiji Toyonaga

EXHIBITION Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art
LOCATION Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) & Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Australia
DURATION 5 December 2009 – 5 April 2010
ARTISTS 160 artists from over 25 countries

Spectacular large-scale installations and compelling site-specific and performance works feature in ‘The 6th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art’ (APT6), which opened on the weekend.

Queensland Art Gallery Director Tony Ellwood said APT6 was the most ambitious Triennial exhibition yet, in physical scale and geographic scope and included cinema programs, public programs and Kids’ APT.

‘Each APT exhibition aims to reach further and deeper into the region and APT6 is a superb example of this ambition. The show presents, for the first time, art by practitioners from Iran, Turkey, Tibet, and countries in the Mekong region, including Cambodia and Myanmar, as well as a major group of works from artists employed by the Mansudae Art Studio in Pyongyang, North Korea (DPRK),’ he said.

Mr Ellwood said one of the highlights for visitors will be the six-panel mirror mosaic, Lightning for Neda 2009, commissioned by the Gallery from Iranian artist Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian. At 85 years of age Monir is the most senior artist to participate in an APT and this work demonstrates age is no barrier to great art making. It is a privilege to bring her story to our audiences.’

‘The exhibition also includes an impressive five metre high sculpture in the shape of a mushroom cloud comprised of pots and pans by internationally acclaimed artist Subodh Gupta, one of India’s most prominent contemporary artists; a quirky half/car half/house designed by Japan’s Yoshitomo Nara and Osaka-based architectural firm graf; and a spectacular site-specific work on the QAG Watermall by Ayaz Jokhio, that draws on Islamic architectural traditions,’ he said.

‘Much of APT6 draws on the extensive network of relationships, within the region and beyond, that has always been integral to the Triennial’s spirit.

‘Collaboration has also emerged as one of the themes underpinning the artists’ work, along with the influence of architecture; pop culture and the everyday; drawing as an instinctive and primary medium; and the impact or modernity and urbanisation.’


Thukral & Tagra / Jiten Thukral, India b.1976 / Sumir Tagra, India b.1979 / Dominus Aeris – The Great, Grand Mirage (detail) 2009 / Synthetic polymer paint and oil on canvas / Triptych: 213.5 x 213.5cm (each) / Courtesy: The artists and Gallery Nature Morte, New Delhi

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