The December 2nd opening of the new $100 million plus Gallery of Modern Art marks the completion of a significant growth phase for Brisbane’s cultural amenities. This remarkable, eye-catching piece of architecture overlooks the river and city at the western end of South Brisbane, and must surely put our arts precinct very clearly on the international map if it’s not already. Built to complement the Gallery of Art and house works from 1970 onwards, GOMA is grand in many ways: it has a floor area of some 24,000m2 (almost 6 acres) and a dramatic 18m high foyer. Admission is free so take the time to visit – apart from the international art collection there’s a children’s art centre and a cinematheque.
Coming on the heels of a $70m expansion of the State Library that almost doubled its size, and refurbs to both the Museum and the Gallery of Art, Brisbane now has a collection of cultural assets the envy of any city in the world.
And for those who question the expense: the new football stadium across the river from GOMA cost $279 million. Each has their place in a vibrant, modern Brisbane.