City in the Sun

Museum of Brisbane

City in the Sun is a fascinating free exhibition at Museum of Brisbane, looking back at how laidback subtropical Brisbane saw itself over the years. Have we moved beyond bikini-clad, pineapple loving images to a contemporary and cosmopolitan city?

City in the Sun, Museum of Brisbane

From frangipanis to bathing beauties, Brisbane’s subtropical image is firmly planted in the hearts and minds of locals and visitors. Flora and fauna including the Jacaranda tree, poinsettia - Brisbane’s logo, lawn and fruit are all synonymous with the Sunshine State capital and Brisbane artists unpack this colourful image of the Sunshine State capital with their own takes on Brisbane’s evolving identity.

Showcasing over 30 artworks, including 8 significant commissions by local artists alongside historical imagery, the exhibition will follow how the city’s history of migration, tourism, climate, environment, and geographical location has contributed to the image of a sun-drenched city full of exotic plants and people who live under the sun’s glare.

City in the Sun, Museum of Brisbane

Newly commissioned works from artists Kinly Grey, Christopher Bassi, Laura Patterson, Rachael Sarra, Sam Tupou, Sebastian Moody, Holly Anderson and Rachel Burke are coupled with works by Gerwyn Davies, Michael Zavros, Tracey Moffatt, Scott Redford, and Olive Ashworth.

Look out for the hyper-colourful photographic prints by Tracey Moffatt from her First Jobs series, which reflects on the suburban and nostalgic memories of working in Brisbane during the 1970s.

You can also travel back in time with a film from the National Film and Sound archive from 1954 called ‘Brisbane - City in the Sun’ featuring landmarks including the Oasis at Sunnybank, Brisbane City Hall, Cloudland ballroom and Queenslander architecture. Marvel at Sunshine Psychology, a large-scale light and text work by leading Brisbane artist Sebastian Moody and experience Kinly Grey’s interactive light work which makes visible the body heat of the visitor.

City in the Sun, Museum of Brisbane

Plus, for a real City in the Sun experience, join family and friends in the 'backyard', complete with an immersive installation by Rachel Burke including flower beds, a tinsel sky, garden swing, bicycle, and cubby house all adorned in her signature sparkled, hyper colourful style.

Museum of Brisbane Director Renai Grace said City in the Sun highlights how Brisbane has created images to define itself as a city.

To understand Brisbane, you need to understand the light and colour that has and continues to shape the landscape, food, fashion and architecture and design ethos. See your city in a new light through the eyes of artists and question how you see Brisbane in this exhibition,” Ms Grace said.

Museum of Brisbane is a valued partner of Must Do Brisbane.com

Image credits: Top to bottom

1. Art Colour Transfer Company Pty Ltd, Story Bridge Brisbane date unknown, sticker. Gift of Leanne Kelly 2013, Museum of Brisbane Collection.

3. Tracey Moffatt, First Jobs, Selling Aluminium Siding 1978 from the series 'First Jobs' 2008, archival pigments on rice paper with gel medium, edition of 20. Courtesy the artist and Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney.

5. Oasis Swimming Pool, Sunnybank, 1951. Courtesy Brisbane City Council Archives.

7. Gerwyn Davies, Island 2017, inkjet print. Courtesy the artist and Jan Murphy Gallery.

City in the Sun

Museum of Brisbane

Level 3, Brisbane City Hall

King George Square

Brisbane CBD

Tue-Sun: 10am-5pm 

Free entry

Map

Top Things To Do In Brisbane This Week

Geraldine Hickey is coming to The Tivoli for one night only
Journey into a labyrinth of varietals at Cloudland
A weekend of great family fun that celebrates Aussie cultural bush heritage
Australia Independent Film Festival |AIFF| returns to Metro Arts West End
'The Godfather' meets 'The Haunting of Hill House'
Jane Austen fans can take a rare foray into the author's world
BrisBricks LEGO® Fan Expo at is a must visit for LEGO fans of all ages
Vote now for your favourite photo in the annual Photographic Awards
Australia’s biggest comedy magic export return to The Tiv
EDITORS PICK

Spring into Dreamworld

Spring into Dreamworld with something for everyone, from a Spring County Fair and the re-opening of WhiteWater World
Spring into Dreamworld
MUST DO

Stunning Historic Stays in Southern Queensland Country

Take a trip back in time with a stay at one of these unique, historically-significant properties
Stunning Historic Stays in SQC
BRISBANE TREASURY

Wine & Cheese New Zealand Edition

Take a trip to the ‘land of the long white cloud’ for an evening of wine and cheese in a grand heritage-listed courtyard
Wine & Cheese New Zealand Edition Brisbane Treasury
DON'T MISS

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Step inside a world of pure imagination with Roald Dahl's beloved tale brought to magical life on stage at QPAC
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
ENJOY A GRAND ESCAPE

Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort

Spoil yourself with a spontaneous beachfront getaway to this beautiful resort an easy 1-hour drive from Brisbane City
Sheraton Grand Escape
MUST DO

The Naked Magicians

Australia’s biggest comedy magic export are bringing their show to The Tivoli in October
The Naked Magicians
SCHOOL HOLIDAYS

September- October Guide

Spring into the September - October school holidays with these fantastic activities, shows and events
September School Holidays 2021
TOOWOOMBA CARNIVAL OF FLOWERS

Top Things to Do

This year's iconic carnival runs for the whole month of September - don't miss it!
Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers
LORD MAYOR'S PHOTOGRAPHIC COMPETITION

People's Choice

Vote now for your favourite photo in the annual awards that showcase the city of Brisbane
Lord Mayor's Photographic Awards
THIS WEEKEND

Top Things to Do Sep 24-26

From front row seats to Riverfire to giant humanoids and night tram rides, some top things to do this weekend
This Weekend Sep 24-26
Art Boat lights up Brisbane River!
CONTENT RESUMES ON SCROLL
ADVERTISEMENT