ACT

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.

NSW

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.

SA

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.

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. 

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