Elemental and Correspondence


Art Gallery of NSW

In the lower gallery, the exhibition Elemental investigates the natural elements of earth, water and fire, to which some traditions add wood, metal, void, and wind or air. The works on display illuminate our understanding of each of these elemental groupings, and the vital connections between them.  

On the ground level, Correspondence highlights the role of contact, contestation and exchange across geographical and cultural boundaries, revealing connections between people and places which at times result in tension and unrest. See pp4 -7 in the December 2022 issue of the TAASA Review.



9 July 2022 – 2 July 2023

Queensland Art Gallery

Explores how contemporary artists in Papua New Guinea draw on traditional kinship structures to create families of support and inspiration for their work. The exhibition explores the work of Chimbu artist Mathias Kauage alongside the men and women from his family and village who have followed him; the kinship structures that exist between key Omie artists from Oro Province; and the familial ties binding members of the Haus Yuriyal collective, led by Yuriyal E Bridgeman.


Interwoven Journeys: The Michael Abbott Collection of Asian Art

3 December 2022 – 29 July 2023

Art Gallery of South Australia

Celebrates the generosity of Michael Abbott AO KC in donations which began in 1976 and includes ceramics, metalware, sculptures, textiles, and works on paper, primarily from Indonesia and India. In March 2023, AGSA will launch a publication on this exhibition which will include essays by 30 curators, scholars and artists from across the world.


Delightful Luxury: The Art of Chinese Lacquer

From 17 November

Asian Art Museum, San Francisco

Explores highlights from the museum’s superb collection of Chinese lacquer, including court accessories, scholars’ objects, luxury items and household furniture.

Jegi: Korean Ritual Objects

6 August 2022 – 15 October 2023

Metropolitan Museum, New York

Features the various types of ritual vessels and accessories that were used for performing ancestral rites (jesa) during the Joseon dynasty (1392–1910) and entombed, as well as the kinds of musical instruments played at state events. In contemporary Korean society, no longer constrained by prescriptive state rules, jegi inspire contemporary artists and influence the form of everyday tableware.

Living Pictures: Photography in Southeast Asia

2 December 2022 - 20 August 2023

National Gallery, Singapore

Explores the changing roles of photography in Southeast Asia—from its beginnings as a tool of European exploration to the ‘performance’ of studio portraits; from the incomplete realities of war to the rise of fine art; and finally to the memes and selfies that saturate social media today.

Japanese Prints 1860 – 1890

25 May 2022 – 24 July 2023

Fondation Baur, Geneva

This exhibition presents, through three distinct topics, an overview of the great diversity of subjects and styles that characterize Japanese prints of the second half of the 19th century.

Hallyu! The Korean Wave

To 25 June 2023

V&A, London

Showcases the colourful and dynamic popular culture of South Korea, exploring the makings of the Korean Wave and its global impact on the creative industries of cinema, drama, music, fandom, beauty and fashion.    

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