INSTALLATION VIEW OF APT 6, GALLERY OF MODERN ART 2009. COURTESY: QUEENSLAND ART GALLERY – TAASA Review December 2011

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The Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT), inaugurated at the Queensland Art Gallery (QAG) in 1993 was part of this Zeitgeist.

There had been smaller exhibitions of contemporary Asian art in Australia ­ Change and Modernism in Thai Art at the Canberra Contemporary Art Space in 1991 for instance ­ but perhaps it was the discussions held at the Australian National University to coincide with this exhibition that brought together many key art historians, curators and Asian specialists, including Apinan Poshyanada and John Clark.

The example of the Fukuoka Asian Art Museum in showing contemporary art from the Asian region in the 1980s was also inspiring. Doug Hall, Director of the QAG, was astute enough to see this as an opportunity for a major and regular review of contemporary developments in Asian and Australian art...