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City in the Sun

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June 19 2021 ‐ February 27 2022 , 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
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Museum of Brisbane
City Hall
Adelaide St, Brisbane City


City in the Sun


As Queensland’s gateway to the tropics, Brisbane has adopted imagery of all things subtropical over the last century, from frangipanis to pineapples and bikini-clad leisure-lovers.

City in the Sun uncovers and reimagines Brisbane’s subtropical image. Showcasing large-scale new contemporary artworks alongside historical imagery, the exhibition will reveal how the city’s history of migration, tourism, climate, environment and geographic location has contributed to the images of a subtropical oasis of leisure and abundance. Newly commissioned works from artists Kinly Grey, Christopher Bassi, Laura Patterson, Rachael Sarra, Sam Tupou, Sebastian Moody, Holly Anderson and Rachel Burke are coupled with works by Gerwyn Davies, Michael Zavros, Tracey Moffatt, Scott Redford and Olive Ashworth to name a few. The exhibition invites audiences to peek behind the sun-drenched facade of the tourist brochures and question if these images still represent who we are as a city… if they ever did.

This colourful exhibition provides playful reinterpretations, flamboyant re-imaginings and quiet reflections, proposing exciting new images of Brisbane’s subtropical identity today. To learn more, hop over to the Museum of Brisbane website.

This project is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.

Image credits:
Tracey Moffatt, First Jobs, Selling Aluminium Siding 1978 from the series ‘First Jobs’ 2008, edition of 20. Courtesy the artist and Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney.

Art Colour Transfer Company Pty Ltd, Story Bridge Brisbane date unknown, sticker. Gift of Leanne Kelly 2013, Museum of Brisbane Collection.
Oasis Swimming Pool, Sunnybank 1951, Photograph. Courtesy Brisbane City Council Archives.

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