QAGOMA has announced its major themed exhibition for the summer. Water will open in GOMA on December 7 and feature more than 40 works from Australian and international artists.

The exhibition includes Riverbed, the ambitious 2014 work from acclaimed Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson, which will unload 100 tonnes of material into the gallery’s ground floor space to transform it into a vast landscape of rocks and streaming water. It’s the first time the work will be presented in the Southern Hemisphere, having previously been shown at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Denmark.

QAGOMA director Chris Saines said in a news release that the work “has to be seen to be believed” and that it “will take us on a journey and ask us to slow down and contemplate our place in the world”.

Water will also feature other ambitious works such as interactive sculpture The Fact of Matter, a series of hanging gymnastics-like rings audiences are encouraged to climb, by leading US choreographer and artist William Forsythe. And a new arrangement of Cai Guo-Qiang’s celebrated installation Heritage, an installation of 99 replicas of animals (tigers, giraffes, zebras, polar bears, wombats and kangaroos, among many others) drinking at a blue pool in a room filled with pristine sand.

Tickets to Water go on sale in September. For more information on the program, see here.