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.

Heaven and Earth in Chinese Art

Art Gallery of New South Wales

The National Palace Museum, Taipei, holds one of the finest collections of Chinese art in the world. Accumulated by emperors over centuries, this collection was, for hundreds of years, accessible only to the imperial elite. It is now rarely seen outside Taipei. Celebrating the rich heritage of Chinese civilisation through the ancient concept of tian ren he yi — unity or harmony between heaven, nature and humanity – the exhibition presents a series of 87 artworks including paintings, calligraphy, illustrated books, bronzes, ceramics, jade and wood carvings, dating from the Neolithic period to the 19th century.

Intimate Recollections from Five Decades of 20th century China

Art Gallery of NSW

Features artist Yang Zhichao’s Chinese bible, a monumental installation of 3000 notebooks and diaries inscribed between 1949 and 1999. These small books were collected by the artist from Beijing markets from 2005 to 2008 and ritually washed before presentation. Once owned by people of all ages and backgrounds, they reveal handwritten notes ranging from the experience of falling in love to the ideological slogans of the Cultural Revolution.

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. 

QLD

The 9th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT9)

QAGOMA

Featuring over 80 artists and groups from 30 countries, APT9 includes a large number of newly-commissioned projects, as well as works by emerging, mid-career and senior artists and influential works that continue to shape contemporary art in the region.

 

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.

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 1000 years. The objects include richly decorated gold-illuminated manuscripts and paintings, ceramics, silverware and textiles from the Middle East, India and Indonesia.  

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.

Visions of Paradise

National Gallery of Victoria

Presents the NGV’s internationally important holdings of Indian miniature paintings and takes exhibition visitors on a journey to the opulent palaces, sumptuous lifestyles and cultural activities of the famed Indian Maharaja and Maharana of Rajasthan. These 17th-19th century paintings produced with rich gem-like pigments, an astounding attention to detail and unconventional approaches to perspective create visually complex and sophisticated scenes that have become internationally celebrated and quintessentially associated with Indian culture and India’s visual identity.

Imari Porcelain: Brocades of Translucent Colour

National Gallery of Victoria

During the 17th-19th centuries Japan became internationally recognised for Imari porcelain. White porcelain bowls, plates, bottles, utensils and ornamental figurines, exquisitely finished with translucent glazed colours and gold enamels, were distributed throughout Japan and beyond to Asia and Europe. This first major exhibition of Imari ware in Australia displays leading examples of Imari kinrande ware, Kakiemon ware and Hirado ware.

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.

The Art of China

Museum of East Asian Art, Bath

The Museum of East Asian Art’s collection of Chinese objects spans 7,000 years, from the Neolithic to modern times. This special exhibition celebrates its 25th anniversary, displaying the extraordinary human inventiveness and creativity in the development of Chinese art.

Kimono Refashioned

Asian Art Museum, San Francisco

In the early 1980s, Japanese avant garde designers took Paris by storm, disrupting the haute couture world with their minimalist deconstructed clothing. But this was not the first time that Japanese design principles had transformed international fashion. Instead as the exhibition reveals, kimono has inspired designers for 150 years.

Raffles in Southeast Asia: Revisiting the Scholar and Statesman

Asian Civilisations Museum, Singapore

This exhibition presents a complex, multilayered picture of Sir Stamford Raffles and his legacy while showcasing the rich artistic and cultural heritage of Java and the Malay world. Its presentation is a collaboration between the British Museum and the Asian Civilisations Museum. See pp18-9 of the December issue of the TAASA Review.

Split the Air: Japanese Bamboo Art

Musee du Quai Branly, Paris

Showcases the art of basket weaving in Japan with a display of 160-odd objects made out of bamboo covering everything from baskets used during traditional tea ceremonies to contemporary creations by seven 20th-century bamboo artists, notably Iizuka Rokansai, a renowned name in basket artistry.

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.

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