Australia-China Council

The 7th Asia Pacific Triennial of Modern Art: A cultural dialogue that transcends borders, ethnicities and histories

Leading artists from China feature in the '7th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art' (APT7) from December 8, 2012 to April 14, 2013 at the Queensland Art Gallery / Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) in Brisbane, Australia. The presentation of the leading Chinese artists at APT has been proudly supported by the Australia-China Council since the Triennial's inception 20 years ago.

QAGOMA Acting Director and Australia-China Council Board member, Suhanya Raffel said the APT was the world's only exhibition series of Australian, Asian and Pacific contemporary art and looked set to attract more than 50,000 international visitors.

'We are proud to be showing the work of Huang Yong Ping, MadeIn Company, Zhou Tiehai, and Te Wei as part of APT7,' said Ms Raffel.

This APT marks the 20th anniversary of the series and will include new and recent work by 75 artists and artist groups from 27 countries across Asia, the Pacific and Australia.

Highlights of the exhibition include a major display of architectural structures and masks from Papua New Guinea; work by young generations of artists from Indonesia and Vietnam and a special focus on West Asia.

The exhibition's wider programs include Kids' APT with interactive artworks and activities; a major program of Chinese animation from the 1930s onwards that has rarely been screened outside of China; and performances, artist talks and lectures.

Ms Raffel said the APT was QAGOMA's flagship exhibition and since its beginning in 1993 the series had attracted 1.8 million visitors, 15% of those from overseas. She said:

'Brisbane is recognised as one of Australia's major cultural tourism destination with APT adding to the diverse range of cultural experiences on offer'.

The Chinese artworks included in this year's APT include:

A special commission by senior artist Huang Yong Ping, comprising an enormous serpent sculpture spiraling from the ceiling of the Queensland Art Gallery's iconic Watermall space.

image of Huang Yong Ping's serpent sculpture on a beach
HUANG Yong Ping China/France b. 1954, Serpent d'océan 2012, Permanent installation, Saint-Brévin-les-Pins Estuaire Nantes, Saint-N¬azaire, France. Image courtesy the artist

A dazzling 'rainbow forest' installation by MadeIn Company, complemented by a new large-scale collage, which references images from Bosch, Botticelli and Hokusai.

image of the installation in a gallery, rainbow coloured ball and palm tree shaped objects in front of white walls
MadeIn Company, China Est. 2009 Spread201009103 (installation view) 2010. Plastic plants, acrylic paint. Image courtesy the artists

Shanghai-based Zhou Tiehai's large series of oil paintings, Le juge, inspired by French cuisine, history, culture and politics.

image of a little girl in a kitchen, standing on a stool using a rollingpin
ZHOU Tiehai, China b.1966, Le juge (detail) 2006-08. Oil on canvas. 40 x 26cm. Courtesy: The artist and ShanghART, Shanghai

As part of APT7 Cinema, the innovative films of pioneer Chinese animator Te Wei will be featured in the program ‘Mountains and Water - Chinese animation since the 1930s' in GOMA's Australian Cinémathèque.

water colour style image of tadpoles swimming up to a river bank
Te Wei, China 1915–2010. Production still from Where is Mama? (detail) 1960. Image courtesy: China Film Archive

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