Rodel Tapaya: New Art From The Philippines

National Gallery of Australia

18 March – 20 August 2017

Exciting new talent Rodel Tapaya draws inspiration from Filipino folklore and contemporary events in an exhibition showcasing recent mural-sized painting, sculptural installation and works on paper.

Artist talk: Rodel Tapaya discusses his new exhibition Rodel Tapaya: New art from the Philippines.

Saturday 18 March 2.00pm. Free.

Display of Filipino- Catalan photographer, Eduardo Masferré

National Gallery of Australia

Until July 2017

Eduardo Masferré (1909–1995) is a founding figure of Filipino documentary photography.

The works displayed are drawn from the Gallery’s collection of over 50 rare photographs by Masferré and represent central themes in his oeuvre, including portraiture, agriculture, village life and ritual. Championing indigenous peoples and culture at a time when doing so was strictly taboo, they are a landmark of Filipino photography.

New Display in East Asian Gallery

National Gallery of Australia

From 1 March 2017

This new display of East Asian art will explore the theme of Immortality, with Buddhist and Taoist works of art from China and Japan the focus of the display.  


Chinese New Year Pictures & Propaganda Posters

The Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences (Powerhouse)

25 January 25 – August 2017

In celebration of the Lunar New Year, Curator Min-Jung Kim is presenting a small group of Chinese New Year pictures and propaganda posters drawn from a recent acquisition of a large group of 40 Chinese posters. These brightly coloured posters were heavily influenced by the New Year pictures (nianhua) which were the most common form of household decoration in China until the mid-20th century.

Film Series: Asian New Waves

Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney

8 February – 28 May 2017, Wednesdays 2pm & 7.15pm, Sundays 2pm

Films from China, Taiwan and Iran
Embracing an eclectic range of stories and genres drawn from decades of production – intimate, epic, historical, domestic, international and local – this series of films registers the climate of 25 years of filmmaking in China, Taiwan and Iran. It screens in association with the exhibition Beyond words: calligraphic traditions of Asia.

Familiar Stranger

Gallery 4A

7 April – 21 May 2017

The reconciliation between memory and reality plagues the act of returning. Familiar Stranger examines this third, non-existent space that plagues the returnee as they seek to retrace their memories in places that have been rebuilt or reinscribed. There is a continual shift between points of view that begets the collapse of spatial certainty and becomes defined by its own instability. For the migrant the idea of returning becomes an implicit part of their identity; the constant oscillation between the possibility and impossibility of return a daily taunt.


Sydney Asian Art Series Lecture

Saturday 20 May 2017, 2.30pm

Domain Theatre, Art Gallery of New South Wales

Joan Kee, Associate Professor of Art History at the University of Michigan - title still to come.

The series, funded through support from the University of Sydney China Studies Centre, VisAsia and the Power Institute, will run for at least three years, bringing four international speakers on Asian art to Sydney each year. 

Beyond Words - Calligraphic Traditions of Asia

Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney

27 August 2016 – 30 April 2017

Drawn from the Gallery’s collection and enriched with a significant loan from the Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia, this exhibition showcases diverse calligraphic traditions in both religious and secular contexts, across a range of mediums and cultures from ancient to contemporary. 


The Sculptures of Ataúro Island

Charles Darwin University Art Gallery

16 March – 15 July 2017

In partnerships with the Timor-Leste State Secretariat of Art and Culture, and Timor Aid, this exhibition presents both contemporary and historical sculptures from Ataúro Island, 30 kilometres north of Dili, Timor-Leste. Ataúro Island is the home to a distinctive sculptural tradition that depicts ancestor figures, sea creatures such as mermaids, mermen, fish and crocodiles, as well as masks, shields and ceremonial spoons. Short documentaries and a catalogue will accompany the exhibition.


Weavers, Wanderers


1 April - 10 September 2017

Features regional art-forms such as the making of textiles and investigates how these have inspired and fascinated artists and travellers. Drawn from QAGOMA’s South and Southeast Asian collection, the exhibition includes new acquisitions by photographer Jyoti Bhatt, works by Indian artist NN Rimzon, contemporary textiles from India and Laos and colonial-era photographs.

9th Annual Festival of Tibet

Brisbane Powerhouse

26 - 30 April 2017

A celebration of the resilience and optimism of a people and culture under threat. Founded on the principles of compassion and non-violence, the festival explores these universal themes through concerts, exhibitions, discussion and workshops. It raises much needed funds for the Tibetan refugee community with all proceeds going to the Tibetan Children’s Villages schools in India.


Awakening: Art of Buddhism

Art Gallery of South Australia, Gallery 20-21

2 December 2016 - 1 October 2017

Awakening presents the extraordinary heritage of Buddhist art from India, Burma, Thailand, Nepal, Tibet, China, Japan and contemporary Australia. The sculptures, paintings and ritual artefacts in the display testify to the power of religious devotion as a source of inspiration for artists. A feature of the display are works of art narrating the story of the Buddha’s life as well as a set of imposing Chinese images from a private Australian collection never previously displayed in this country.


Realtime: Miyanaga Akira

National Gallery Of Victoria, Melbourne

18 November 2016 – 30 April 2017

This exhibition brings together a selection of recent work by the Japanese contemporary artist Miyanaga Akira. The Kyoto-based practitioner is known for mesmerising moving image works constructed from film footage taken from everyday life, filmed in both urban and rural areas of Japan. Using time-lapse techniques and processes of splicing, rearranging and superimposing, Miyanaga’s experimental views of the world move poetically between realism and abstraction. 


Splendors of Korean Art

Metropolitan Museum, New York

10 October 2015 – 17 September 2017

This year-long presentation brings to The Met masterpieces from the National Museum of Korea. The exhibition offers stellar examples of Korean art complemented by highlights from The Met collection. Organised chronologically from the Late Bronze Age to the 21st century, the exhibition conveys the broad framework of Korean art history.

Hokusai: Beyond the Great Wave

British Museum

25 May – 13 August 2017

Katsushika Hokusai (1760–1849) is widely regarded as Japan’s most famous and influential artist. He produced works of astonishing quality right up until his death at the age of 90. This new exhibition will lead you on an artistic journey through the last 30 years of Hokusai’s life – a time when he produced some of his most famous masterpieces and includes prints, paintings and illustrated books, many of which are on loan from Japan, Europe and the USA. 

Celebrating the Arts of Japan: the Mary Griggs Burke Collection

Metropolitan Museum, New York

20 October 21016 – 14 May 2017

This tribute to a great collector reveals Japanese art as viewed through the lens of 50 years of collecting: the sublime spirituality of Buddhist and Shinto art; the boldness of Zen ink painting; the imaginary world conjured up by the Tale of Genji and classical Japanese literature; the sumptuous colours of bird-and-flower painting; the subtlety of poetry, calligraphy, and literati themes; the aestheticised accoutrements of the tea ceremony, and the charming portraiture of courtesans from the ‘floating world’ (ukiyo-e).

Indian Pahari Painting

Museum Rietberg, Zürich

1 December 2016 - 7 May 2017

Presents 40 works of Indian Pahari painting from the magnificent Horst Metzger Collection. The paintings originate from the workshops of the Pahari region, in the foothills of the Himalayas in north-western India, and were commissioned in the 18th and early 19th centuries by princes with a penchant for art. Most of them show scenes from wide-ranging series presenting Krishna’s life, but some illustrate texts describing the wondrous deeds of the goddesses. The works in the collection are regarded as pearls of Indian painting on account of their delicate paper, fine drawing and valuable colour pigments.

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