ACT

Infinity Room: Yayoi Kusama

National Gallery of Australia

Yayoi Kusama comes to the National Gallery with one of her popular infinity rooms. The Spirits of the Pumpkins Descended into the Heavens 2015 is an immersive installation of endless reflection, yellow pumpkins and black dots and has been acquired for the national collection

NSW

Reflections of Asia

Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences 

Reflections of Asia showcases the Museum’s extensive Asian collection developed over the past 140 years, exploring the collection by material groupings: wood and lacquer work, ceramics, metalwork, dress and textiles, small treasures, and contemporary art and fashion. Featuring key collectors, with select artworks on loan, it gives insight into the many reflections of Asia, from a place of exotic curiosities to an active agent in contemporary culture.

Xiao Lu: Impossible Dialogue

4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art

Is the first retrospective of leading contemporary Chinese artist Xiao Lu spanning a period of 30 years. The exhibition is anchored by Xiao Lu’s performance work Dialogue from the landmark China/ Avant-Garde exhibition at the National Art Gallery, Beijing, in February 1989. This much misunderstood work, in which the artist fires a gun at her own art installation, is a milestone in the development of contemporary art in China and has been read as a critical turning point in China’s recent history. 

SA

Love from Damascus: The Art of Devotion in Islam

Art Gallery of South Australia

Explores the divine and worldly aspects of devotion expressed in the arts of Islam over one thousand years. The objects include richly decorated gold-illuminated manuscripts and paintings, ceramics, silverware and textiles from the Middle East, India and Indonesia. Highlights are richly decorated manuscripts, including Al-Qur’an, from the Turkish Museum of Australia, Melbourne, and the Art Gallery’s own unique copy of Mathnavi by the great mediaeval Sufi poet.  

INTERNATIONAL

Magic and Menace

National Museum, Singapore

Explore the world of magic and supernatural beliefs as practised by traditional Southeast Asian societies in the newly-refreshed Goh Seng Choo Gallery. 

Essential Korea

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Korea’s cross-cultural contacts with neighbours—especially China—have played a significant role in shaping its rich and diverse artistic traditions. Korean culture has also provided important inspiration to others, notably Japan. This exhibition offers a window into the essentials of the peninsula’s creative output, past and present. Arranged in loosely chronological order are major works from The Met collection, augmented by significant loans from the National Museum of Korea

Masterworks of Himalayan Art

Rubin Museum, New York

This regularly changing exhibition explores major strands in the development of Himalayan art, covering a period of over one thousand years, and presents regional artistic traditions in their broad cultural, geographic, historical, and stylistic contexts including their relationship to neighbouring areas.

I am Ashpurbanipal, King of the World, King of Assyria

British Museum, London

King Ashpurbanipal (r. 669- 631 BCE) described himself in inscriptions as ‘king of the world’ and his reign from the city of Ninevah (now in northern Iraq) marked the high point in the Assyrian empire, which stretched from the shores of the eastern Mediterranean to the mountains of western Iran. 

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.

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