Daniel Boyd
  • Image: Daniel Boyd, 'Untitled (-33.894728, 151.189099)', 2019, window installation, adhesive vinyl on glass, 32 panels. Installation view, Kaldor Public Art Project 34: 'Asad Raza: Absorption', Carriageworks, Sydney. Photo: Michael Waite. Courtesy of the artist and Kukje Gallery, Seoul.

  • Image: Daniel Boyd, 'Untitled (SOAGS)', 2020. Photo: Luis Power. Courtesy of the artist and Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney.


Daniel Boyd

Rainbow Serpent (version)

09 September–16 December 202309 Sep–16 Dec 2023


Daniel Boyd has achieved international acclaim for his infinite and dynamic universes, which reframe and reflect the darker side of Australian history. Rainbow Serpent (version) is the first major presentation of the artist’s work in Brisbane, and features an ambitious new commission developed in partnership with Gropius Bau, Berlin.

Across site-specific installation, participatory programs and painting, Rainbow Serpent (version) contends with the legacy of imperialism in our built environment, civic spaces and architectural monuments. Rendered in Boyd’s distinctive circular motif, the Institute of Modern Art’s gallery floors will be transformed into a stage-like mirrored surface, activated by scholars, artists, community groups, and activists throughout the duration of the exhibition. Presented alongside recent paintings and research material, Rainbow Serpent (version) continues Boyd’s longstanding interrogation of Eurocentric histories, inviting us to reconsider the spaces and places we inhabit.

Curated By
  • Liz Nowell
Off-Site Venues
Artist Bio
Daniel Boyd

Daniel Boyd is one of Australia’s most acclaimed artists. Boyd’s practice is internationally recognised for its manifold engagement with the colonial history of the Australia-Pacific region. Drawing upon intermingled discourses of science, religion and aesthetics, his work reveals the complexity of perspectives through which political, cultural and personal memory is composed.

His curatorially and critically acclaimed survey show Daniel Boyd: Treasure Island opened at the Art Gallery of New South Wales in June 2022 featuring more than 80 works from his nearly two-decade career. In 2023, Boyd will present his first comprehensive solo exhibition in Europe at the Martin-Gropius-Bau in Berlin.

Boyd presented a major solo exhibition Daniel Boyd: Bitter Sweet at Cairns Regional Gallery, Queensland in 2017. In 2016, he was awarded an International Studio and Curatorial Program Residency in New York. In 2014, he became the first indigenous Australian to win the prestigious Bulgari Art Award. Boyd was also recipient of four major commissions for Macquarie Bank (2014); the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney (2014); the Australian War Memorial, Canberra (2018); and Lendlease for the Circular Quay precinct, a collaboration between Boyd and Sir David Adjaye, to be completed in late-2022.

The IMA acknowledges, thanks, and pays our deepest respect to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people that we work with and the Country we work on.