Devotion, Nature, Time, People

National Gallery of Australia


Works dating from 2,500 BCE to the contemporary, from Papua to Turkey, Mongolia to Roti island are structured around four themes - ‘Devotion’, ‘Nature’, ‘People’ and ‘Time and Place’ exploring Asian art across geography, time, religion and culture.

XU ZHEN: Eternity vs Evolution

National Gallery of Australia

14 March - 13 September 2020

His recent work centres on sculptural installations, video and performances that challenge cultural assumptions, question social taboos, and comment on ideas of art as a commodity.


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.



Art Gallery of South Australia

From 29 May 2020

Samurai presents the art and ethos of this warrior culture. From the austerity of lacquer and tea bowls to the opulence of golden screens and armour, this exhibition demonstrates how the ethos and tastes of the Samurai permeated every aspect of Japanese art and culture from the 13th to the 19th centuries.


Japanese Design: Neolithic to Now

National Gallery of Victoria

To September 2020

Brings together works from the NGV collection expressing the close affinity between human creativity and nature. It encompasses the wabi sabi cultural aesthetic, Buddhist sculpture, calligraphy, appreciation of seasonal flowers, porcelain ware and the work of leading designers both graphic and fashion.


Stories about Life and the World: Javanese Shadow Theatre


Rietberg Museum, Zurich

3 April - 1 November 2020

The wayan kulit shadow play is one of the oldest existing theatre traditions in Asia. The exhibition presents precious and striking figures of gods, spirits and ancestors focusing on stories about heroes and demons, morals and virtues, and the deeper meaning of life.

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