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QAGOMA APT launches regional tour at Noosa Regional Gallery


Commencing at Noosa Regional Gallery on 10 December, during the same week the 10th iteration of the blockbuster Asia Pacific Contemporary Triennial opens in Brisbane, Asia Pacific Contemporary: Three decades of APT begins its much anticipated 31-month tour of regional Queensland.

Noosa Regional Gallery is thrilled to be selected as the venue launching the survey exhibition tour that will travel to 12 other regional centres.

Says Noosa Regional Gallery Director Michael Brennan: "APT helps us to understand the diversity of cultures and communities in our corner of the globe, so to be the first stop on a statewide, multi-year tour of this major survey exhibition is an amazing privilege.”

Reuben Keehan, curator, Contemporary Asian Art at QAGOMA, said the touring exhibition “reflects APT’s embrace of contemporary art in all its forms, ranging from the ceremonial to the conceptual, and the deeply personal to the resolutely social”.

Including a diverse range of media such as painting, sculpture, works on paper, video and performance, the exhibition features art commissioned or collected from APT1 (1993) through to APT9 (2018-19).

Mr Keehan said the works by Heri Dono (Indonesia), Lee Wen (Singapore), Tracey Moffatt (Australia/United States), Lorraine Connelly-Northey (Waradgerie people, Australia), and Michel Tuffery (Aotearoa New Zealand) “encompass diverse customary practices and cultural encounters, illustrating extraordinary social change over almost thirty years”.

A highlight of the exhibition is a pair of articulated, life-sized bulls created by artist Michel Tuffery from corned-beef tins. Titled Povi tau vaga (The challenge) 1999, the bulls first featured in APT3 as part of a performance.

Heri Dono’s early 1990s' other-worldly mythological paintings which draw on traditional Japanese culture narratives and Indonesia’s political history, and Tracey Moffatt’s moving-image work, Other 2009-, a witty commentary on preconceptions in cinema’s depictions of romantic relationships, are prominent moments not to be missed.

Asia Pacific Contemporary: Three decades of APT opens for the first time on Friday 10 December at Noosa Regional Gallery, until 27 February, 2022.

Image: Guogu Zheng (China b.1970), Grand Visionary Transformation of Hevajra 2016, oil on canvas, 197 x 134cm. The Kenneth and Yasuko Myer Collection of Contemporary Asian Art. Purchased 2017 with funds from Michael Sidney Myer through the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art Foundation. Photograph: Natasha Harth, QAGOMA. © Guogu Zheng.


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