Rearranged: Art of the Flower - Museum of Brisbane

Rearranged: Art of the Flower - Museum of Brisbane

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Posted 2024-03-20 by Gillian Chingfollow

Sat 25 Nov 2023 - Sun 29 Sep 2024


Observe the beauty of flowers interpreted through a variety of art forms at the Rearranged: Art of the Flower exhibition now showing at the Museum of Brisbane until 24 September 2024.


(Photo: Gillian Ching)

There is something so special about flowers. They are part of memorable moments in our lives -from weddings, birthdays, anniversaries and end-of-life events as well as simply being floral displays and edibles in our home gardens. So significant are flowers to our well-being that some studies have shown that the presence of flowers triggers happy emotions, heightens feelings of life satisfaction and affects social behaviour in a positive manner far beyond what is.


(Photo: Gillian Ching)

So it seems only natural (and in fact essential) that these petalled beauties should be showcased and explored through an art exhibition for all to enjoy.


Photo: Gillian Ching)

And so the Rearranged: Art of the Flower is now on display at the Museum of Brisbane and features a collection of mixed art forms from intricate paintings, woven textiles, sculptures, ceramics and new visual media all focussed on flowers. In a gallery which focuses on the people and places of Brisbane, it is through these works that we are invited to consider the role of flowers in place, memory and history.



The exhibition features the works of known and emerging artists including: Christopher Bassi, Ashlee Becks, Keith Burt, Norton Fredericks, John Honeywill, Elisa Jane Carmichael, Vida Lahey, Clairy Laurence, Boneta-Marie Mabo, Margaret Olley, Lyndall Phelps, Julian Podmore, Milomirka Radovic, Sarah Rayner, Edith Rewa, Monica Rohan, Bronwyn Searle, Pamela See (Xue Mei-Ling), Judith Sinnamon, Jaishree Srinivasan, Karen Stone, Man&Wah, Anna Varendorff and Michael Zavros.


(Photo: Gillian Ching

The Displays
Hannabira (Gentle Petal) is a Japanese-influenced room with flowers made from upcycled textiles and local materials. Showing in the room is a film by the Japanese/Australian artist Hiromi Tango who explains the idea behind the flowers to live in harmony through care and kindness. There is a light-filled workshop area where visitors, including the kids, can make their own flowers from fabrics, materials and wool remnants. It's hands-on and it's creative for young minds.


(Photo: Gillian Ching)


(Photo: Gillian Ching)

In acknowledging the specific architectural style of wooden Queenslander homes, one of the rooms in the exhibition has installed key features of our famous home styles including glass-stained windows of course, the window features a flower.



The artist whose works I was most looking forward to seeing was former Eastern European crochet artist, Milla Radovic whose textile creations include a depiction of coral reefs and cactus. At 81, Milla honours the craft which she learnt as a child in her village and continues to evolve her original designs with great zest such that, as she says, "her hands won't stop moving."

Hanging as garlands, the pieces combine colourful yarns in intricate, delicate stitches made from bold woollen fibres. Needless to say, I wasn't disappointed.


(Photo: Gillian Ching)

Overall, the exhibition was uplifting, sunny and bright as flowers often are. The backdrop of Brisbane was neatly melded into the exhibition making it truly our own.



What Else
If the Exhibition has left you wanting more, you can also engage in workshops, tours, talks, and special events. Look out for a special tour of the artists' studios where you can get a behind-the-scenes glimpse into where the artistic magic is created. The tour includes lunch at Brisbane's Award-winning cafe Farmhouse Kedron serving up scrumptious food and friendly, attentive service. (Keep in touch with the Museum as they will be releasing more information about these tours).

The Museum of Brisbane is located on the third floor of the Brisbane City Hall building on Ann Street Brisbane City. Entry to the exhibition is free. Guided walking tours leave regularly from the reception to the Gallery to get a deeper insight into the installation.


(Photo: Gillian Ching)

Make sure you experience flowers like never before with a quintessentially Queensland feel at Rearranged: Art of the Flower . The exhibition runs from 23 November to September 2024 and is open from 10 am–5 pm.

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