Infinity Room: Yayoi Kusama

National Gallery of Australia

From 1 December 2018

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

Contemporary Worlds: Indonesia

National Gallery of Australia

21 June 2019 – 27 October 2019 

This major exhibition of contemporary Indonesian art showcases 20 of the most exciting emerging and established artists from Bali and Java’s key artistic centres of Bandung, Yogyakarta and Jakarta. Featuring recent works and large-scale commissions, it reflects Indonesia’s more recent social and political changes. It includes painting, sculpture, installation, moving image, photography and textiles, and features a performance program and a film series curated by renowned Indonesian film director Garin Nugroho.


In One Drop of Water

Art Gallery of NSW

15 June 2019 - December 2020

Drawing on rich and diverse works from the Gallery collection, this exhibition explores the poetic, symbolic and social significance of water in Asian art. The art of tea, the mixing of ink for calligraphy, dyeing of cloth and creation of porcelain are all dependent on water.

Walking with Gods

Art Gallery of NSW

1 June 2019 – January 2020

Mapping moments in time, key dynastic changes, stylistic evolutions and geographic wanderings, this exhibition covers 2000 years of figurative sculpture from the Gallery’s collection of Asian art. Follow a path through Asia, from Afghanistan to Indonesia, from the 1st to the 21st centuries, meeting key deities and historical figures along the way.

Reflections of Asia

Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences 

7 July 2018 - December 2019

Reflections of Asia show cases 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.


A Fleeting Bloom: Japanese Art from the Collection

Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA)

8 September 2018 -  29 September 2019

Celebrates the classic arts of Japan. Magnificent folded screens, ceramics, photography and paintings capture moments of distinct and transient beauty through seasonal aspects of nature and the philosophies of transcendence and impermanence that underp in Buddhist art.


No god but God: The art of Islam

Art Gallery of South Australia

24 Aug 2019 - 2 Feb 2020

The Gallery’s first major display of Islamic art to encompass a geographical span extending from Morocco to Australia. The display includes a range of works from the 9th century to the contemporary era. Among them are some of the earliest works of Islamic art to enter the collection, from a bequest by Sir Samuel Way in 1916, to the most recent, Portrait of Emperor Akbar, acquired more than 100 years later. The Muslim Declaration of Faith ‘There is no god but God and Muhammad is his messenger’ inspired the title.


Terracotta Warriors: Guardians of Immortality

National Gallery of Victoria

24 May -13 October 2019

Features more than 150 treasures: eight terracotta warriors and two full-sized horses with two replica bronze chariots from the Qin dynasty (221 – 207 bCE) as well as priceless gold, jade and bronze artefacts dating from the Zhou (1050 – 256 BCE) through to the Han dynasty (206 BCE – 220 CE). Presented in parallel, Cai Guo-Qiang: The Transient Landscape, sees this contemporary artist create all new artworks, inspired by China's culture and its enduring philosophical traditions, including a monumental installation of 10,000 suspended porcelain birds.

A Fairy Tale in Red Times

National Gallery of Victoria

3 May – 6 October 2019

These works from the White Rabbit Collection feature 27 Chinese artists, an exciting collaboration between the NGV and arts patron and philanthropist Judith Neilson on the 10th anniversary of the establishment of the White Rabbit Gallery in Sydney.


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

7 June 2018 - 22 September 2019

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.

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