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.

Clay Dynasty

11 October 2021 –  5 March 2023

Powerhouse Museum

Clay Dynasty celebrates studio ceramics in Australia: from the 1960s pioneers who transformed the functional pottery tradition to contemporary ceramic artists who continue to push the medium. The first major exhibition to chart the astonishing diversity of ceramic practice across Australia, it features more than 400 objects from the Powerhouse’s significant ceramics collection.

The Aquilizan Studio: Making it Home

26 April 2022 – 5 February 2023

Art Gallery of NSW

Filipino-Australian artists Alfredo and Isabel Aquilizan are creating one of their impressively scaled cardboard sculptures for AGNSW’s Sydney Modern opening late 2022, drawing on their own story of migration to forge an art practice dedicated to understanding the shifting, varied and often complicated meanings of home.



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.


China – The Past Is Present

14 October 22 – April 23

NGV International

Spanning five millennia and an array of art forms – including painting, calligraphy, ceramics, metal works, lacquer ware, textiles, furniture, video, posters, photography and mixed media – the exhibition juxtaposes the NGV’s historical and contemporary collections to present a dialogue between the past and the present, revealing surprising cross-temporal connections between subject matter and form. See pp16-7 in the December 2022 issue of the TAASA Review.


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.    

Revolution, Propaganda, Art: Printmaking in Modern China

12 October 2022 – 3 June 2023

The Museum of East Asian Art, Bath, UK

Showcases a series of prints selected from the Muban Educational Trust’s collection of over 6000 and tells the story of China’s 20th century wars, revolution and rejuvenation. The exhibition explores artistic trends, political movements and technical developments in modern Chinese print making.

Ink in Motion, A History of Chinese Paintings in the 20th Century

21 October 2022 – 5 March 2023

Musée Cernuschi, Paris

For the first time, the museum, which has one of the largest collections of modern and contemporary Chinese paintings in Europe, is showing these 20th century masterpieces, more than 70 paintings created by 34 artists.

Bearing Witness: Selected Works by Chiura Obata

Until 27 February 2023

Asian Art Museum, San Francisco

Showcases the artist’s firsthand depictions of the 1906 earthquake and fire as well as paintings documenting the forced incarceration of Japanese Americans during WW11. Obata (1885 – 1975) is renowned as a 20th century master who merged Japanese painting technique and style with modern American abstraction.

Kimono Style: The John C. Weber Collection

7 June 2022 – 20 February 2023

Metropolitan Museum, New York

This exhibition will trace the transformation of the kimono from the late Edo period (1615–1868) through the early 20th century, as the T-shaped garment was adapted to suit the lifestyle of modern Japanese women. It will feature a remarkable selection of works from the renowned John C. Weber Collection of Japanese art that explore the mutual artistic exchanges between the kimono and Western fashion, as well as highlights from The Costume Institute’s collection.

Hieroglyphs: Unlocking ancient Egypt

13 October 2022 – 19 February 2023

British Museum, London

The discovery of the Rosetta stone provided the key to decoding hieroglyphs, so allowing us to read ancient Egyptian script. Marking 200 years since this breakthrough, the exhibition takes you through the trials and hard work that preceded and the revelations that followed this moment.

The Secrets of Colour

14 September 2022 – 12 February 2023

Fondation Baur, Geneva

Tells the often turbulent story of the quest for colour on porcelain in China and France. It contrasts two crucial moments in the history of porcelain driven by the desire to extend the range of enamels. They occurred at the turn of the 18th century in China and during the 19th century in France, two periods during which the interactions between Europe and China, whether cultural or belligerent, were particularly intense. 

Afghan Season

26 October 2022 – 6 February 2023

Guimet Museum, Paris

Honours Afghanistan in its richness and complexity through two exhibitions. Afghanistan, Shadows and Legends retraces, on the occasion of the centenary of the French Archaeological Delegation in Afghanistan (DAFA), a century of discoveries and relations with Afghanistan. On the string. Textile Creation of Afghan Women offers, through the creations of the fashion house Zarif Design and its founder Zolaykha Sherzad, a look at contemporary creation and the transmission of textile know-how threatened with extinction.

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