Museum of Brisbane
Adelaide Street, Brisbane City
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
A City Seen: Works from the City of Brisbane Collection (4 July - 25 October 2008)
In today’s world the cities we call home are defined and documented by an ever-expanding variety of ways including town planning, film, the internet – even advertising campaigns. In the past we saw and interpreted our cities through the work of visual artists. A City Seen presents a warmly nostalgic, but diverse collection of artists-eye-views of Brisbane.
From early artworks that gaze upon pastoral landscapes through to more contemporary scenes of our busy river city, this visual arts exhibition documents the growth and evolution of Brisbane since European settlement. The ‘workers cottage’ lined streets of Spring Hill, iconic buildings, landmarks and views of the Brisbane River are revealed in a range of media including painting, printmaking and photography.
The works displayed in A City Seen are drawn from the City of Brisbane Collection that is owned by the people of Brisbane through Brisbane City Council. This collection, which comprises work by local and national artists, began in 1859 with the foundation of local government in Brisbane and is cared for by Museum of Brisbane.
Realising Dreams: Structural Engineering in Brisbane (21 August - 13 November 2008)
Marking the centenary of the Institution of Structural Engineers, Realising Dreams reveals the stories behind some of Brisbane’s best-known and loved landmarks: the ingenious design of Brisbane’s bridges and the structural systems that enable our skyline to grow ever taller.
The exhibition also identifies hidden treasures such as the huge World War Two igloos at Archerfield aerodrome; Brisbane’s world-class sports stadiums and the television towers that glow atop Mt Coot-tha.
Realising Dreams was produced by the Museum of Brisbane and the Institution of Structural Engineering Australian Division Centenary Committee with valuable assistance from the Heritage Panel, Engineers Australia.