GALLERY’S UPLIFTING TRIENNIAL
IT IS hard to keep something as big as The 9th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art under wraps.
You can’t cover up massive murals at the Gallery of Modern Art and wait for a big reveal.
So tantalising glimpses of APT9, which opens tonight, have been on offer for the past couple of months.
It started with Chinese artist Qiu Zhijie’s vast mural Map of Technological Ethics, which covers an entire wall in GOMA’s soaring Long Gallery.
The artist spent a week suspended above the gallery floor painting it. Slowly other works have taken shape, some out of view, some in plain sight.
QAGOMA director Chris Saines says large murals are a feature of this APT, including Iranian artist Iman Raad’s Days of bliss and woe, a huge colourful wall of painted panels.
The APT is now considered a major international arts event and has attracted more than three million visitors over its 25year history. APT9 runs until next April.
WONDER WALL: Jaala Alex, of New Farm, in front of Iranian artist Iman Raad’s Days of bliss and woe at GOMA. Picture: AAP/Steve Pohlner