There's not just art on the stages at QPAC. You can also discover captivating artworks in our venue spaces.
Web of Love (2019), an exhibition by esteemed local artist Jack Wu (Zhipeng Wu) was on display in our Ground Floor Foyer earlier in 2023.
Inspired by two love stories, Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet and Liang Shanbo and Zhou Yingtai, a Chinese classic love story, Web of Love featured ten paintings that visualised these two iconic stories.
In the words of the artist,
“The two sparkling pieces of glass dancing in the delicate web simulate what Shakespeare wrote:
“A lover may bestride the gossamer
That idles in the wanton summer air,
And yet not fall, so light is vanity.” Romeo & Juliet, Act 2, Scene 6, lines 18 -20.
Jack Wu said he is pleased to have his exhibition at QPAC.
“QPAC is an important platform to showcase Web of Love to the public and promote perspectives on love,” he says.
QPAC Museum Curator Maria Cleary explained the exhibition came about thanks to a longstanding association with YFG Shopping Centres.
“YFG has a strong community network, and it is YFG’s engagement with Brisbane-based Chinese contemporary artist Jack Wu that has brought his beautiful Web of Love exhibition here to us at QPAC. One of the great things about showing art in the Ground Floor Foyer and Q Bar area is its accessibility. It’s one of the few spaces at QPAC that can be open to the public virtually every day from morning until evening, regardless of what’s on in our theatres,” says Maria.
“The artworks will be encountered by all who meet there or are simply passing through. Even as we were installing the exhibition, I could tell that it would be a success. Positive responses were heard from QPAC staff and members of the public, young and not so young. Web of Love was inspired by love stories that are at the heart of literary classics from East and West. As I look at the two fluid forms and fine, taut lines that appear in each of the ten paintings, I see transparency, reflection, change, touch and tension – surely these are aspects of any love story,” Maria adds.
We leave you with this word of advice from Jack as to how to celebrate this Lunar New Year (22 January to February 5).
“Spend time with the extended family. Time is precious.”
Presented by QPAC Museum, the Web of Love exhibition was made possible with support from QPAC Partner, YFG Shopping Centres and was available to view until 26 February 2023.
Watch this space for future exhibitions at QPAC.
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