NSW

Fearless: Contemporary South Asian art

21 July 2018 - 6 January 2019

Art Gallery of NSW

This is the Gallery’s first exhibition to focus on women artists with ties to South Asia. Drawn primarily from the Gallery’s collection, Fearless includes major works by Nalini Malani, Pushpamala N and Clare Arni, Adeela Suleman, Alia Syed and Shahzia Sikander. The exhibition explores individual interpretations of politics and nationalism alongside the consequences of shifting borders. Each artist interrogates connections to diverse cultures and geographies, fearlessly questioning historical events, personal memories and their own identity

VIC

Japonisme. Japan and the Birth of Modern Art

25 May – 28 October 2018

NGV International

In the second half of the 19th century Japan opened its borders to international trade. The resulting influx of Japanese artworks into Europe and America, including woodblock prints, ceramics, lacquer and textiles, triggered a revolution in the arts and design. Progressive artists across Europe adopted elements of the visual language of Japanese art in order to forge a new European art aesthetic in a phenomenon known as Japonisme. This exhibition explores the impact of Japanese art and design upon the arts in the West in the 19th and early 20th centuries.

INTERNATIONAL

The Poetry of Nature. Edo Paintings from the Fischer-Bender Collection

To 21 January 2019

Metropolitan Museum of Art New York

Featured are more than 40 outstanding examples of Edo-period hanging scroll paintings presented in juxtaposition with some 15 contemporary Japanese ceramics from the Fishbein-Bender collection. Unexpected pairings of paintings and decorative objects are also part of an age-old Japanese tradition called tori-awase (connoisseurial arrangement). An additional 50 works in various formats and media from the Met collection provides further context.

The Second Buddha. Master of Time.

To January 2019

Rubin Museum New York

Tells the story of the legendary Indian master Padmasambhava (the Lotus Born) believed to have been instrumental in converting the land and people of Tibet to Buddhism.

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