‘21st Century: Art in the First Decade’ presents art from the last ten years and occupies the entire Gallery of Modern Art building. With over 200 art works by 145 artists from 42 different countries, the exhibition reflects on the past decade of contemporary art internationally, while also examining the changing role of the art museum in this period. The vast majority of the works on display have been drawn from the Gallery’s contemporary collections, with special emphasis given to recent areas of collection development, particularly in Africa, South and Central America and West Asia. Several artists have been commissioned to produce ambitious new works and a select group of loans from Australian and international collections also feature. The exhibition speaks to disparate perspectives and histories that constitute the world in the 21st century, as well as underlining concerns that are shared. The question of how to respond to realities that have confronted individuals and communities over the past decade has been taken up by many artists in the exhibition, as has the exploration of new ways to address longstanding aesthetic and philosophical issues.
The following posts will survey each Gallery space throughout the exhibition and reflect upon the various thematic arrangments of works.