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    JOINT STATEMENT
    Minister for Science, Information Technology, Innovation and the Arts
    The Honourable Ian Walker
    Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games
    The Honourable Jann Stuckey

    Leaping wolves, thirsty animals pull in Queenslanders

    JOINT STATEMENT

    Minister for Science, Information Technology, Innovation and the Arts
    The Honourable Ian Walker

    Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games
    The Honourable Jann Stuckey

    Sunday, May 04, 2014

    Leaping wolves, thirsty animals pull in Queenslanders

    Leaping wolves and thirsty animals are proving irresistible to Queenslanders, setting new benchmarks for a contemporary art exhibit nationally, and delivering on the Government’s election promises.

    Arts Minister Ian Walker today toasted the Gallery of Modern Art’s (GOMA) hugely successful exhibition Cai Guo-Qiang: Falling Back to Earth in a Chinese tea ceremony at the gallery.

    “This exhibit posted the second-highest attendance rates for the gallery after Andy Warhol rewrote the record books in 2007-2008,” Mr Walker said.

    “It’s exceeded even GOMA’s expectations in terms of attendance and ticket sales.

    “More than 200,000 people have seen Falling Back to Earth during its run here, making it one of the most successful ticketed contemporary exhibitions in Australia.

    “You have to see this to believe it. I can’t think of another show that better highlights if art touches a chord that resonates in people, they will come.

    “The gallery has had to extend viewing hours to accommodate the expected crowds.

    “As always, GOMA has found new ways to engage its visitors, this time by including a Tea Pavilion for visitors to learn more about the history and significance of Chinese tea as part of the artist’s heritage.

    “Up to 70,000 cups of cold-pressed Tie Guan Yin tea have been served since the show opened in November so it’s appropriate to celebrate the exhibit’s success with tea expert May King Tsang.

    “Make the most of the last week of this exhibition. It closes on 11 May.”

    Tourism Minister Jann Stuckey said the exclusive exhibition, supported by Tourism and Events Queensland, had attracted visitors from across Australia and overseas.

    “Cultural tourism is recognised by the Newman Government and Falling Back to Earth is a superb example,” Ms Stuckey said.

    “There is only a few days left to see this truly wondrous display so make sure you don’t miss out.

    “Exhibitions like this deliver on our election promise to grow tourism as one of the four pillars of the economy.”

    QAGOMA Director Chris Saines said that Heritage 2013, the awe-inspiring installation of 99 replica animals drinking from a pristine blue lake inspired by North Stradbroke Island, had been a favourite among visitors.

    This work has been bought by the gallery with the support of the Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Diversity Foundation and the QAGOMA Foundation, and will now be a part of the gallery’s collection.

    “We are excited by the possibility of sharing Heritage with audiences around the world and we are in negotiations with several institutions about possible tours,” Mr Saines said.

    Cai After Hours: General Admission and Wednesday night tickets are available via www.qagoma.qld.gov.au/cai

    [ENDS] 4 May 2014

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