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.

On Sharks and Humanity

Australian National Maritime Museum

A thought-provoking contemporary art exhibition by internationally acclaimed curator Huang Du about shark protection, showcasing work from some of China’s leading contemporary artists. The Sydney exhibition will also feature works by Australian Indigenous artists that explore sharks as totems and our relationship to them, alongside photographs and artefacts from leading ocean environmentalist Valerie Taylor.

SA

Export Empire: Japan and the Modern World

Art Gallery of South Australia

Explores a transformative era in Japanese art and culture coinciding with rapid political and industrial changes that forged modern Japan. See p24 of the March 2019 TAASA Review for more details.

The Enchanted Forest: Nature and Devotion in Indian Art

Art Gallery of South Australia

Explores the significance of the natural world for Indian artists over 500 years. The display features paintings, sculptures and textiles from the Gallery’s permanent collection. Among the highlights are contemporary Madhubani tribal paintings as well as a very rare 15th -16th century Indian textile depicting a forest scene, on display for the first time at the Gallery.

VIC

SO–IL: Viewing China

National Gallery of Victoria

Presents over fifty white porcelain items from the NGV Collection. Comprising a large group of geometrically shaped vitrines constructed from brightly coloured dichroic acrylic, SO–IL’s design recontextualises and draws into focus a broad selection of white porcelain objects from the NGV’s Decorative Arts collection, ranging from the 17th century to the present day.

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

Streams and Mountains without End: Landscape Traditions of China

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Showcases more than 120 Chinese landscape paintings in four rotations, drawn primarily from The Met's holdings and supplemented by a dozen private loans, and augmented by decorative art objects with landscape themes.

Shinto: Discovery of the Divine in Japanese Art

Cleveland Arts Museum, Cleveland

The veneration of deities, kami, has been the driving force behind much of Japanese visual arts in the past, most recently embodied in Shinto or the ‘way of the gods’. Examples from USA and Japan collections introduce works from the late 8th century Heian period to the end of the Edo period, 1868. 

The Jewelled Isle: Art from Sri Lanka

Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles

The exhibition presents 240 works addressing nearly 2 millennia of Sri Lankan history. It includes examples of gold, silver and ivory objects, 19th century photographs, and artworks conveying the importance of sacred sites and relics in Sri Lankan Buddhist practice.

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