THE INSTITUTE OF MODERN ART LAUNCHES A SATELLITE SPACE ON THE GOLD COAST
Damiano Bertoli Continuous Moment: Le Desir . . . (Fat Anxiety), 2010. Courtesy Milani Gallery,
Brisbane, and Neon Parc, Melbourne.
The Institute of Modern Art (IMA) will launch its first Gold Coast pop-up gallery, IMA@Surfers, at Circle on Cavill, Surfers Paradise, on Saturday 16 July 2011 at 3pm. IMA will present four highly anticipated shows over a four-month duration, including shows by prominent artists Damiano Bertoli, Rodney Glick and Peter
IMA Director, Robert Leonard, says, ‘The IMA have been looking to open a space on the Gold Coast for a while now. “There has been so much growth in the Coast’s contemporary-art scene of late, with the
surfacing of artist-run initiatives and emerging artists spaces like 19Karen and Rabbit + Cocoon, not to mention the proposed inclusive Gold Coast Cultural Precinct. It feels timely, we want to be part of the action”.
The first show, Continuous Moment: Anxiety Villa, will be by Melbourne artist, Damiano Bertoli. Bertoli’s surreal installation is based on his research into two presentations of a Picasso play, one in the 1940s and the other in the late 1960s.
The IMA are renowned nationally for their touring shows and the prospect of opening a space on the Gold Coast is exciting for the entire community. The grand opening of IMA@Surfers is free and the community is encouraged to attend the launch at Circle on Cavill, Saturday 16 July from 3–5pm. Damiano Bertoli and Reuben Keehan, Queensland Art Gallery curator, will precede the 3pm opening celebration by presenting a talk at 2.30pm.