The first major Marvel exhibition in Australia will open exclusively at GOMA this weekend.
Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) director Chris Saines says the exhibition is the largest ever presented in an art museum, anywhere in the world.
“Curated by QAGOMA, the exhibition is drawn from Marvel Studios’ extensive archive as well as private and public collections including the Library of Congress, Washington DC. It will give audiences an unprecedented insight into the rich fictional world of the Marvel Cinematic Universe,” he says.
The exhibition encompasses the entire ground floor of GOMA, and features more than 500 objects, including more than 60 original costumes (worn by actors including Chris Hemsworth, Anthony Hopkins, Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr and Tilda Swinton), comic books, props, spectacular set design, concept and keyframe art, clips from Marvel Studios films and bespoke hands-on interactives.
“Must-see highlights include a large-scale diorama with costumes, props and clips from Captain America: The First Avenger, multiple versions of Iron Man’s suits, the imposing three-metre-tall Hulkbuster armour, and never-before-seen items from the set of Thor: Ragnarok, including Hulk’s bed and the majestic Asgardian throne room,” Saines says.
The exhibition is divided into three key themes — ‘The Cinematic Assembled’, ‘Decoding the Universe’ and ‘Behind the Scenes’ — and will highlight the work of the artists and the creative teams behind the films, as well as the larger narratives at work in the films themselves.
Marvel Studios producer Kevin Feige says the studio is thrilled to be working with QAGOMA to bring the exhibition to life in Brisbane.
“The support we’ve received from Queensland and around the country of Australia has been incredible. After filming Thor: Ragnarok on Queensland’s Gold Coast, we couldn’t think of a better location than GOMA to stage the largest Marvel exhibition ever,” Feige says.
A retrospective of Marvel Cinematic Universe films will also screen at QAGOMA’s Australian Cinémathèque, including Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and the upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming.
The exhibition will stay open until 9pm on Wednesday evenings, and an Up Late program — headlined by Art vs Science, and featuring a resident DJ, pop-up bars and talks in the exhibition space — will be presented on Friday evenings from 28 July to 1 September.
Marvel: Creating the Cinematic Universe will be held at GOMA from Saturday 27 May to Sunday 3 September.