GALLERY’S UPLIFT­ING TRIENNIAL

The Courier-Mail - - NEWS - PHIL BROWN

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

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