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“The Prado Exhibition at QAG. Lacklustre.”

Queensland Art Gallery
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Brisbane City Sights Southbank Day Trip from Gold Coast
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) is a single institution located across two adjacent river-side buildings in the Cultural Precinct at Brisbane's South Bank. QAGOMA holds a collection of historical, modern and contemporary art, and stages a dynamic program of Australian and international exhibitions. We are home to the Children's Art Centre which collaborates on interactive artworks with leading artists from around the world, and the Australian Cinematheque, the only dedicated cinema facility in an Australian art museum. QAGOMA operates its own retail outlets and cafes and restaurants, proceeds from which support the Gallery.
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Kingston SE, Australia
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“The Prado Exhibition at QAG. Lacklustre.”
Reviewed October 13, 2012

I should say from the start that I am thoroughly against the modern trend of running exhibitions at galleries and museums to "turn profits", but given that the exhibition currently running at the Queensland Art Gallery was a collection of masterpieces from the Prado in Spain, I felt it was a must see. How wrong I was.

Surely this is not the best the Prado has to offer?

Most of the exhibition can be catergorised into dour royal portriature, samey religious iconography (it appears the counter-reformation Spanish had a thing for depiciting imminent martyrdom) or pretty wall hangings (the fact the still lifes were the most interesting room may tell you something).

This is not to discount the skill of the artist, for example I can most certainly appreciate the fine work in the bodice of Isabella's portrait or the silken sheen of the knights clothes in Perada's "Relief of Genoa".

There are certainly some great artists represented, Goya, Rubens, Titian and Valesquez, can be found amongst those hung, but the fact is that these are not their great paintings. A good exhibition should have you turning yourself in torment over which single painting you would take home if you could, however, by the second room I was more interested in the frames.

Save yourself $20 and wander around the rest of gallery, where the (space) limited collections of fine asian art, european porcelain and australian pieces are, to my own tastes at least, far more interesting.

Visited October 2012
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“Culture at its best”
Reviewed October 11, 2012

An gallery that has exhibitions to fascinate and enthrall patrons of all interests and ages. A must do, is to immerse yourself in the varied activities and eating experiences that are often included when special ot international exhibitions are being curated in this venue. Have a go at computer art, eat food from different cultures or just meander through the different galleries to appreciate what a treasure this gallery is to the city of Brisbane. Walking distance from the city and located in wonderful riverside gardens, it is a place to spend an interesting and rewarding day immersed in culture

Visited October 2012
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Tauranga, New Zealand
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“Portrait of Spain-Masterpieces from the Prado”
Reviewed October 9, 2012

This exhibition presents paintings on loan from the Prado Museum and dates from C16 through to C20. It includes works by El Greco, Velazquez, Ribera Murillo Titian, Peter Paul Rubens and Picasso among others. "Portrait of Spain" provides a wonderful opportunity for Australians and visitors to see an incredible array of paintings portraying Spain's historical "Golden Age". The works consist of portraits, landscapes, religious scenes and nudes. They reveal how the Spanish were so powerful and dominant during the C17 and C18 centuries as well as the influence of the Catholic church. A wonderful exhibition.

Visited October 2012
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Brisbane, Australia
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“Best in OZ”
Reviewed October 6, 2012

A Brilliant building. Host to many collections sourced both from Australia and overseas. We have seen most of the top line exhibitions and enjoyed them all immensely. The building itself is a work of art located right on the Brisbane River.

Visited February 2012
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“Don't miss out”
Reviewed September 27, 2012

The Queensland Art Gallery is a must see. Many times it shows art that is only available in Queensland and is always of a very high standard.

Visited May 2012
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