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Top 4 Art Galleries in Brisbane - The cornerstones of the Brisbane art scene

Brisbane has rapidly become an ideal place for an art lover. With numerous art galleries popping up all over the town, this is a round-up some of the best Brisbane has to offer.


Gallery of Modern Art

The Gallery of Modern Art was opened in 2006 as a complementary arm of the Queensland Art Gallery. It is among the largest contemporary and modern art galleries in Australia. One of its key highlights is the collection of Ai Weiwei. In addition to that, the Gallery of Modern Art hosts temporary exhibitions that have included a collection by Picasso, Falling Back to Earth collection by Cai Guo-Quang, and Andy Warhol's artwork in the past. The Gallery of Modern Art also features local artists like Yayoi Kusama, Damien Hirst, Fiona Hall, Rosemary Liang, Tracey Moffat, William Robinson, Martin Creed, and Anish Kapoor. The Gallery is located on the bank of Brisbane River, which gives it an idyllic location. In addition to the numerous art it houses, the house of art - the gallery - itself is considered to be a key architectural piece. If you are staying around The Milton Brisbane, a better known Milton hotel in Brisbane, be sure to head this way towards the evening as they usually have live music at night.


QUT Art Museum

QUT Art Museum is located next to Brisbane Botanical Gardens and is the acronym for the Queensland University of Technology Art Museum. They have a considerable collection of sculptures, decorative art, ceramics, as well as paintings. The Art Museum is better known for its Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art as well as contemporary local art and Australian prints. The crowning jewel in the collection is a 70-painting collection by William Robinson. The Museum is the University's attempt to showcase its commitment and dedication to contemporary art forms. In fact, the current museum is the converted space of the lowest level of the original university building.


Institute of Modern Art

Institute of Modern Art was opened in 1975 and is considered one of the first to stray into the contemporary art scene in Australia. Since its inception, it has undergone many transformations, the latest being part of the Judith Wright Centre. The Centre is considered a place where creativity is fostered and nurtured. If you are looking for a place with dance, music, theatre, performance, and circus all come alive, this is the place to be. The Institute of Modern Art is a vibrant space where modern elements like interactive displays and multimedia come together with existing forms of art. They also show interesting short films like Kerry Tribe's There Will Be_____, which you may not be able to find anywhere else.


Philip Bacon Galleries

Opened as a youthful whimsy of Philip Bacon, the gallery which was opened in 1974 is now one of the better-known art galleries in the area. Originally located at an old warehouse, the gallery space was refurbished in 2001 to make the stunningly beautiful masterpiece it is today. The Philip Bacon Gallery is home to some of the best known Australian artists including Robert Dickerson, Margaret Olley, Tim Storrier, and William Robinson.

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