Infinite Conversations: Asian-Australian Artistic Exchange in our Contemporary Australian Art Galleries

National Gallery of Australia


Infinite conversations delves into the NGA collection to consider the creative practice of artists from mainland China and Hong Kong, a number of whom settled in Australia following the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests.

Art for lunch

Thursday 16 August 12.45pm

NGA, Australian art galleries

Deborah Hart, Head of Australian Art, speaks about the evocative art of Chinese-Australian artists in the exhibition.

Wayang Kulit: shadow puppet drama of Java, Indonesia

Sunday 29 July 12.30–2.00pm, repeated 3.00–4.30pm

NGA, James O Fairfax Theatre

A live performance of Wayang Kulit with Dr Joko Susilo and Ngesti Budoyo Gamelan Ensemble directed by Soegito Hardjodikoro. Dr Susilo, an 8th generation dhalang (shadow puppet master) from Central Java, performs in English as well as traditional languages. Presented by the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia.


Fearless: Contemporary South Asian art

21 July 2018 - 6 January 2019

Art Gallery of NSW

This is the Gallery’s first exhibition to focus on women artists with ties to South Asia. Drawn primarily from the Gallery’s collection, Fearless includes major works by Nalini Malani, Pushpamala N and Clare Arni, Adeela Suleman, Alia Syed and Shahzia Sikander. The exhibition explores individual interpretations of politics and nationalism alongside the consequences of shifting borders. Each artist interrogates connections to diverse cultures and geographies, fearlessly questioning historical events, personal memories and their own identity

Temporary Certainty

31 August – 14 October 2018

4A Centre for Contemporary Art

With a focus on Bengal, Kurdistan and the Kimberley region of Western Australia, this exhibition explores how artists respond to the social impact of sudden shifts of historical change wrought by complex interventions. New works from Australian artists Rushdi Anwar and Alana Hunt have been created especially for Temporary Certainty, which will also showcases new work by Sarker Protick, the first time the Bangladeshi artist has exhibited in Australia.

Anime Architecture

1 June – 11 August 2018

The Japan Foundation, Sydney

An exhibition that traces the architectural world-building process of Japan’s most influential animated science fiction films. Curated by Stefan Riekeles, the exhibition casts a spotlight on meticulous hand-drawn backdrops that bring to life the fictitious urban environments of iconic cyberpunk anime.

From location photographs and concept sketches in detailed pencil drawings, through to final expression as anime cells in full colour, Anime Architecture reveals some of the intricate creative processes behind iconic Japanese animated films. 

The Sleeper Awakes

9 March – 28 July 2018

White Rabbit Gallery

In this exhibition some of China’s most original contemporary artists reflect on a society where unprecedented freedom, ambition and optimism coexist uneasily with anxiety, isolation and ubiquitous state surveillance. Among the highlights are: Republic of Jing Bang, Sun Xun’s stunning multimedia installation about an imaginary country; Wang Ningde’s Some Days, a series of large-scale photographs exploring the mysteries of memory, and Weight of Anxiety, Liu Xiaodong’s painting robot, which over the course of the exhibition will create a landscape painting from a digital video feed.


The Long Story

19 August 2017 - 23 September 2018


Explores themes and practices that have shaped the Gallery's Asian and Pacific Art Collection, and includes new acquisitions, seminal holdings, historical artefacts and works acquired throughout the history of the APT. 

Problem-Wisdom: Thai Art in the 1990s

16 September 2017 – 12 August 2018


Showcases works by some of the most influential figures in contemporary art in Thailand, including Vasan Sitthiket, Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook, Pinaree Sanpitak, Chatchai Puipia and the late Montien Boonma, as well as important early contributions by key artists such as Navin Rawanchaikul, Kamin Lertchaiprasert and Natee Utarit. The exhibition encompasses a range of artistic approaches, from social and political engagement to spiritual and meditative principles, whose resonance and influence continue to be felt today.


Japonisme. Japan and the Birth of Modern Art

25 May – 28 October 2018

NGV International

In the second half of the 19th century Japan opened its borders to international trade. The resulting influx of Japanese artworks into Europe and America, including woodblock prints, ceramics, lacquer and textiles, triggered a revolution in the arts and design. Progressive artists across Europe adopted elements of the visual language of Japanese art in order to forge a new European art aesthetic in a phenomenon known as Japonisme. This exhibition explores the impact of Japanese art and design upon the arts in the West in the 19th and early 20th centuries.


The Poetry of Nature. Edo Paintings from the Fischer-Bender Collection

To 21 January 2019

Metropolitan Museum of Art New York

Featured are more than 40 outstanding examples of Edo-period hanging scroll paintings presented in juxtaposition with some 15 contemporary Japanese ceramics from the Fishbein-Bender collection. Unexpected pairings of paintings and decorative objects are also part of an age-old Japanese tradition called tori-awase (connoisseurial arrangement). An additional 50 works in various formats and media from the Met collection provides further context.

The Second Buddha. Master of Time.

To January 2019

Rubin Museum New York

Tells the story of the legendary Indian master Padmasambhava (the Lotus Born) believed to have been instrumental in converting the land and people of Tibet to Buddhism.

Monsters, Devils and Demons

24 May – 16 September 2018

Rietberg, Zurich

Monsters, devils and demons: every culture has them. Frightening and fascinating at the same time. This culture-bridging exhibition presents paintings, woodblock prints, drawings, textiles, netsuke, as well as a selection of Persian, Japanese, Indian and Swiss masks.

Ge Ware Exhibition

Till 31 August 2018

The Palace Museum, Beijing

In the history of ceramics in China, the Ru, Guan, Ge, Ding and Jun Kilns are collectively known as the 'Five Great Kilns'. The Palace Museum houses one of the largest collections of the finest artefacts from these kilns, most of which were part of the Qing dynasty court collection. Authentic and copied Ge ware from the Palace Museum collection make up the majority of this exhibition. There are also ceramic fragments and restored items excavated from sites in Longquan and Hangzhou in Zhejiang, as well as relics and intact pieces lent by Museums such as the Shanghai, Shandong and Capital Museums.

Splendid Accessories of Nomadic People: Mongolian, Muslim and Tibetan Artefacts of the Qing Dynasty from the Museum Collection

Till 20 August 2018

National Palace Museum, Taipei

This special exhibition focuses on artefacts related to imperial authority of the Qing dynasty and its interaction with Mongolian, Muslim and Tibetan peoples. From the perspectives of material culture and anthropology, it explores the features of these groups and, at the same time, the unique characteristics and cultural contents of their art forms.

Divine Bodies

9 March – 29 July 2018

Asian Art Museum, San Francisco

This exhibition invites visitors to contemplate the power of transformation, the possibility of transcendence and the relationship of the body to the cosmos. Historical paintings and sculptures from mainly Buddhist and Hindu traditions are displayed together with contemporary photo based work.

Angkor. Exploring Cambodia’s Ancient City

Till 22 July 2018

Singapore, Asian Civilisations Museum

Rare Khmer sculptures, French drawings, photographs, and memorabilia tell the story of the French encounter with Angkor and its emergence onto the international stage. This exhibition is a major collaboration with the Guimet Museum in Paris.

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