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Marvel: Creating The Cinematic Universe opens at GOMA

26 May 2017

Visitors can see some of the world’s most-loved superheroes come to life in an exclusive exhibition featuring hundreds of Marvel costumes, props and artworks at Queensland’s Gallery of Modern Art.

Premier and Arts Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk said Marvel: Creating the Cinematic Universe, on display from tomorrow (27 May) to 3 September, was the first Marvel-related exhibition to be staged in Australia and the largest ever presented in an art museum worldwide.

This is great news for Queensland, as it is the first exhibition of its type to ever be staged in an art museum anywhere in the world.

This is a major coup for Queensland and will attract pop culture lovers, film buffs and many devoted national and international Marvel fans.

“This exhibition, featuring more than 500 Marvel-related pieces, is exclusive to GOMA and a must-see for local, national and international visitors,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

“Objects on display include more than 60 original costumes including a three-metre-tall suit of Iron Man’s armour and never-before-seen set pieces from the upcoming film Thor: Ragnarok.

“This exhibition is a fantastic opportunity to leverage the success of Queensland’s film industry and showcase Queensland’s destinations and events to national and international audiences to ultimately increase cultural tourism outcomes.

“This is the first major exhibition to be staged since my Government reinstated funding of up to $10.8 million for blockbusters and exhibitions to capitalise on the economic benefits of these huge events for our state.

“I am thrilled my Government’s relationship with Marvel Studios has led to this exhibition being staged in our state following Thor: Ragnarok filming here, one of many domestic and international screen productions that brought $203 million and over 3000 jobs to Queensland during 2015-16,” the Premier said.

Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) Director Chris Saines said Marvel: Creating the Cinematic Universe would occupy the entire ground floor of GOMA and would include original costumes and comic books, props and spectacular set pieces, concept and keyframe art, and clips from the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) films.

“Visitors will engage with the rich fictional world of the Marvel Cinematic Universe through three thematic sections, ‘The Cinematic Assembled’, ‘Decoding the Universe’ and ‘Behind the Scenes’, and a number of hands-on interactives,” Mr Saines said.

During the exhibition a complete retrospective of MCU films will screen in the Gallery’s Australian Cinémathèque, and a Marvel Up Late series will be presented every Friday evening from 28 July to 1 September.

Marvel: Creating the Cinematic Universe has been organised by QAGOMA in collaboration with Marvel Entertainment.

For more information and to buy tickets to the exhibition visit