• Nam June Paik, The elements, 1989.

    Nam June Paik, The elements, 1989.

    Asia-Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art

    Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art
    Stanley Place, Cultural Precinct, South Bank
    September 12, 2002–January 27, 2003

    Ever hip to shifting cultural and economic boundaries, previous Asia-Pacific Triennials have tended toward jamboree-style inclusiveness, forging important institutional alliances along the way. This year’s show brings it all back home with a scaled-down lineup of seventeen participants assembled by five in-house curators (led by museum director Doug Hall). Whereas past events have emphasized multicultural description, this one focuses on Asian-Pacific art in relation to the international context. Boasting such heavy hitters as Nam June Paik, Yayoi Kusama, and Montien Boonma amid a roster of younger artists, the APT looks set to become a powerful arbiter in a newly configured East-meets-West art world—and a telling indicator of Australia’s inherently protean identity.