Absolutely top of your don’t-miss list this year is
Portrait of Spain: Masterpieces from the Prado
, showing at the Qld Art
Gallery, Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA). Spanning four centuries, the big names
include El Greco, Velázquez and Rubens. “Spain was the global power at the
time,” says the
International Art curator, David
Burnett. “This exhibition is a huge historical read: it’s a lens through which
we can look at the rest of Europe and the world at that time.” His favourites
in the exhibition include a series of etchings by Goya. A coup for Qld, this is
the first time works from the Museo Nacional del Prado have visited Australia
(QAGOMA, qagoma.qld.gov.au, July 21 – Nov 4).
 Next door, at the
newly revamped Qld Museum, the sure-fire blockbuster Mummy: Secrets of the Tomb brings treasures from the British
Museum’s Egyptian collection to Brisbane. Nesperennub was a temple priest and
his 3000-year-old mummified body is on display. The exhibition includes a
fantastic 3D film of his preservation, including the x-ray and CT scans that
helped create a haunting model of his face. The oldest objects date back to
2500BC, and highlights include a beautiful model of a funerary boat, with its
rich colouring still intact (Qld Museum, southbank.qm.qld.gov.au, April 19 -Aug 19)
A footy club’s locker room is the setting of The Truth About Kookaburras, a gritty
murder mystery that opens with 13 naked men on stage. The language is, well,
what you’d expect when a bunch of blokes are talking about last night’s boozy
buck’s night, complete with strippers and, ultimately, a dead man, but it’s the
poignant exploration of men’s changing role in society that will keep you
talking (La Boite Theatre Company, laboite.com.au, June 6-23) 
Opera Australia’s 2012
brings Mozart’s The Magic Flute and Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream  to Brisbane (May 26 – Jun 8). With lush
costumers and scenery, The Magic Flute is a family-friendly, English-language
version that will have kids entranced by the colour and wild puppetry, while Dream is Baz Luhrmann and designer
Catherine Martin’s celebrated interpretation of the Shakespeare classic is set
in colonial India. 
September is festival madness as the Brisbane Festival takes over the city. Highlights include pianist
extraordinaire, Evgeny Kissin, celebrated Belgian dance company les ballets C
de la B and the debut of Symphonia
(Symphony of the Floods)
by Australian composer Elena Kats-Chernin, commissioned by the Festival. The
annual event ends with a bang and a fireworks extravaganza, Sunsuper Riverfire.
Hit South Bank early for a good possie (Sept 8-29, brisbanefestival.com.au)

Source: Sun Herald newspaper