The exhibit draws on the gallery’s wide contemporary collections. It features excellent new commissions and a select group of loans drawn from both Australian and international lenders. It is all-encompassing in its geographic and generational scope, comprising more than 200 works by over 140 artists from nearly 40 countries. A press release notes:
“Over the past decade, we have seen the way technological, political and environmental issues have direct global effects and how these are reflected in contemporary art. '21st Century' will showcase current directions in artistic practice as well as examine the role of the art museum in these changing times."For ‘21st Century’, the Children’s Art Centre is presenting interactive works and projects by participating artists. Spanning both levels of the centre and beyond, they encourage children to explore the imaginative ways, which these artists consider their world in the 21st century. Focusing on interactive design and new technologies, the artists’ projects continue the centre’s program of contemporary art fo young art lovers.
The Queensland Art Gallery strives to present a wide range of shows and collection displays, including international blockbuster exhibits like ‘Picasso and his collection’, ‘American Impressionism and Realism, and two flagship triennials. The ‘Asia Pacific Triennial’ is among the few major series of exhibits in the world that focus exclusively on the Asia and the Pacific region’s contemporary art. ‘Contemporary Australia’ is another recent initiative of the gallery.