Talks at Asian Art Gallery, National Gallery of Australia

Thursday 28 September 12.45pm: Tibetan thangka painting

Edie Young, NGA program co-ordinator.

Thursday 19 October 12.45pm: Deities and demons

Padma Menon, dancer and researcher. 


Passion and Procession. Art of the Philippines

Art Gallery of NSW

From 24 June – 12 November 2017

Presents the work of ten artists: Santiago Bose, Marina Cruz, Alfredo Esquillo Jr., Nona Garcia, Renato Habulan, Gerladine Javier, Mark Justiniani, Alwin Reamillo, Norberto Roldan and Rodel Tapaya. Their work spans 20 years of practise incorporating painting, sculpture, video and installation.

I don’t want to be there when it happens

4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art

18 August – 8 October 2017

Through video and installation, recent works by Raj Kumar, Sonia Leber & David Chesworth and Adeela Suleman confront the larger socio-political realities of Pakistan in the era of contemporary warfare. The artworks avoid resolution and closure, instead highlighting the individual’s inability to comprehend the uncertainty of combat and the impossibilities of representing the trauma of conflict.

Bai Yang & Wu Man in Concert

The University of Sydney Confucius Institute

24 September 2017, 2pm

Sydney Conservatorium of Music

Bai Yang, China’s guzheng virtuoso (a 21-string zither) and pipa master Wu Man, accompanied by the musicians of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, present a repertoire ranging across ancient folk song, Kazakh tunes and contemporary compositions.


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.

Yayoi Kusama: ‘Life is the Heart of a Rainbow’

4 November 2017 – 11 February 2018


A survey of Kusama's vast body of work, the exhibition covers key motifs in her art since the early 1950s, her engagement with the body and her expansive conception of space. It includes early painterly experiments, a multi-decade presentation of the artist's celebrated 'net' paintings, performance, soft-sculpture, assemblage, the iconic 'infinity rooms' and large-scale installations of her later career - culminating with Kusama's most recent paintings from the My Eternal Soul series (2009 – ongoing).


Symposium - Nazar: Ways of Seeing in Islamic Cultures

Tuesday 10 October 2017

Art Gallery of South Australia

A joint University of Adelaide and Art Gallery of South Australia one-day symposium that aims to generate discussion on the Islamic concept of seeing. Naẓar, 'vision' and 'seeing' in Arabic, comprises a complex set of ideas pointing to the intertwined relationship between the multiple instruments of seeing - the eye, the mind, and the heart - and the objects of seeing - the seen, the unseen, and the unseeable.

Awakening: Art of Buddhism

Art Gallery of South Australia, Gallery 20-21

2 December 2016 - 1 October 2017

Awakening presents the extraordinary heritage of Buddhist art from India, Burma, Thailand, Nepal, Tibet, China, Japan and contemporary Australia. The sculptures, paintings and ritual artefacts in the display testify to the power of religious devotion as a source of inspiration for artists. A feature of the display are works of art narrating the story of the Buddha’s life as well as a set of imposing Chinese images from a private Australian collection never previously displayed in this country.



NGV International

21 July – 15 October 2017

Features 129 prints, four paintings and ten rare books on loan from the Japan Ukiyo-e Museum, Matsumoto, including a selection of Hokusai’s early works and complete sets of his most famous series, including Thirty six views of Mount Fuji

Buddha’s Smile

National Gallery of Victoria

2 June 2017 - 8 October 2017

Buddhist inspired artwork from the NGV Collection and selected private Melbourne collections. Thematic sections explore Buddha’s numerous incarnations, Zen philosophy, Buddhist costume, religious symbolism, painting conventions and historical narratives. 

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