Brisbane's must-see art exhibitions

Brisbane’s art scene is flourishing and offers a year-round calendar of exhibitions. Whether you’re looking to reflect and browse through the work of an established local artist, or be inspired by some of the cutting-edge international contemporary art, you’ve come to the right place. 

Making Modernism

11 March – 11 June 2017

O'Keeffe, Preston, Cossington Smith: Making Modernism showcases the iconic art of Georgia O'Keeffe, one of the most significant American painters of the 20th century, alongside modernist masterpieces by the celebrated and pioneering Australian artists, Margaret Preston and Grace Cossington Smith.

War-time Quilts

18 March – 25 June 2017
Ipswich Art Gallery

The history of military conflict and the soldier’s life is retold through the "war quilts" of this very rare collection curated by leading quilt historian Dr Annette Gero. While quilting is often considered as the domain of women, this exhibition casts a different spin on the production of quilts during war-time, and shows how the hands of men turned to quilting as a past-time in the midst of the extreme conditions of war.

Kate Beynon: Friendly Beasts

Kate Beynon When the dance began 2015 / Courtesy the artist, Milani Gallery, Brisbane & Sutton Gallery, Melbourne / © The artist

Image: Kate Beynon When the dance began 2015 / Courtesy the artist, Milani Gallery, Brisbane & Sutton Gallery, Melbourne / © The artist

1 April – 30 September 2017

Children and families can engage with the Friendly Beasts through interactive activities, which include creating a new "beast" identity by combining character features as part of a mask-making activity, dancing with the beasts in the artist's video installation Visions from a Ghost Tale / Friendly Beasts edit 2017, and contributing to the beasts' magical world in the collaborative drawing activity The Lotus Garden.

Digital Futures Lab

21 April – 6 November 2017
State Library of Queensland

At Digital Futures Lab, discover smart cities and digital bodies, real-life robots and risky algorithms. Check out the latest techie gadgets, have a virtual reality experience or control a computer with your mind.

Freedom Then, Freedom Now

5 May – 2 October 2017
State Library of Queensland

Freedom Then, Freedom Now is an intriguing journey into our recent past, exploring the freedoms enjoyed and restricted in Queensland and examining what happens when collective good intersects with individual rights.

Marvel: Creating the Cinematic Universe 

Adi Granov / Keyframe for Marvel's The Avengers 2012 / © 2012 MARVEL

Image: Adi Granov/Keyframe for Marvel's The Avengers 2012/Copyright 2012 Marvel

27 May – 4 September 2017

The exhibition will bring to life the interconnected Marvel Cinematic Universe with characters including Thor, Iron Man, Captain America, the Hulk, Black Widow, Hawkeye and Black Panther, to name a few. The exhibition will follow Marvel heroes from comic book page to cinema screen.

Solomon Islands: re-enchantment and the colonial shadow

Photo Carl Warner

Until 1 June 2017
UQ Anthropology Museum 

The UQ Anthropology Museum is showing its significant collection of Solomon Islands culture featuring 190 works from the 19th century to contemporary work. This is a rare chance to see beautiful, intricate and powerful objects and photographs from Solomon Islands.

It's a Dog's Life

Hide and Seek

6-15 June 2017
Waterfront Place, Level 22, 1 Eagle St

It’s a Dog’s Life captures the joy, quirkiness, delight and humanness of dogs and other pets in a collection by internationally awarded photographer Serenah.

Gladiators: Heroes of the Colosseum 

Gladiators: Heroes of the Colosseum

23 June 2017 – 7 January 2018
Queensland Museum and Sciencentre 

The exhibition features more than 120 artefacts, interactive games and displays to reveal who gladiators were, where they lived and how they trained. View archaeological treasures, including actual pieces of the Colosseum, elaborately decorated bronze gladiator helmets and original arms and armour preserved in the ashes of Pompeii.

100% Brisbane

Until 30 June 2019
Museum of Brisbane

We are pulling back the layers of our city, going beneath the surface of high rises and the jacaranda trees to discover the very real heart of Brisbane’s story. You. Me. And everyone in between. 

This landmark exhibition also invites you to have your say and contribute to this incredible self-portrait of the city. 100% Brisbane will not only change the way you think about museums, it will change the way you think about Brisbane.

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