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Beautiful blooms take centre stage at Museum of Brisbane’s Rearranged: Art of the Flower

Beautiful blooms take centre stage at Museum of Brisbane’s Rearranged: Art of the Flower

If the purple petals falling from the jacaranda trees and the influx of hay fever weren't a surefire sign, we're well in the midst of spring. Brisbane's flurry of flora has inspired a number of artists over the years and has been the muse for many eye-catching artworks. Celebrating this fact is Museum of Brisbane's newest enchanting exhibition, Rearranged: Art of the Flower. Brimming with beautiful blooms, this stellar showcase invites visitors to stroll through a lush collection of paintings, textiles, sculptures, ceramics and new media.


Sitting pretty in a space reminiscent of a quintessential Queenslander house in Museum of Brisbane, Rearranged: Art of the Flower displays a contemporary collection of art that is inspired by floral motifs. The bouquet of artworks, which span myriad mediums and varied viewpoints that capture the contextual landscape of Brisbane, has been birthed by more than 20 established and emerging local creatives. You will be able to soak up works by iconic artists like Margaret Olley, Vida Lahey, William Bustard, Tony Johnson, Frank Waldo Potts, William Grant, Tony Johnson and Dorothy Thornhill. You’ll also become bewitched by bloomin’ great pieces by local contemporaries like Michael Zavros, Keith Burt, John Honeywill, Bronwyn Searle and Judith Sinnamon.

Bridging inside and outside, museum-goers can enjoy a stroll through the gardens and backyards of Brisbane as seen by visual and still-life artists. Expect to see ceramic works by Jaishree Srinivasan, Clairy Laurence and Sarah Rayner, as well as cutting-edge works by creatives including Boneta-Marie Mabo and Man&Wah. The exhibition also includes the diverse perspectives of queer, multicultural and First Nations creatives, highlighting the continuing connection of Aboriginal and Torres Strait communities to Country and universal interest in the flower. Museum of Brisbane CEO and director Zoe Graham said the new exhibition honours a universal connections to flowers.“We are excited to bring together an incredible array of the city’s finest creatives whose work spans decades and mediums,” says Zoe. “Rearranged: Art of the Flower promises to not only be visually stunning but intensely evocative, connecting us deeply to memory and place.”

Rearranged: Art of the Flower is will blossom at Museum of Brisbane from November 25, 2023 to August 11, 2024. The best part? Tickets are free! Head to the Museum of Brisbane website to learn more. 

This article was written in partnership with our friends at Museum of Brisbane.

Image credit: Monica Rohan ‘hoped you wouldn’t notice’ 2017, oil on board, 80 x 61cm

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