E X H I B I T I O N P R E V I E W: T H E G O L D E N J O U R N E Y: J A PA N E S E A R T F R O M AU S T R A L I A N COLLECTIONS – TAASA Review December 2008


This article was originally found in the December 2008 edition of TAASA Review (Volume 17, Issue 4, Page 21).

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James Bennett T he Golden Journey, opening on 6 March 2009, will showcase the Art Gallery of South Australia’s extensive collection of Japanese art, as well as feature major loan items from public and private collections around Australia.

The exhibition consists of two hundred and sixty works of art covering a diverse range of media from the serene sculptures of Buddhism, to the colourfully extrovert ukiyo-e woodblock print images of the `floating world’ and flamboyant export art created for the international exhibitions of late nineteenth century Australia.

Through a broadly chronological sequence, the exhibition will explore key aspects of Japanese aesthetics that were defining influences in the development of its artistic heritage from the prehistoric to the end of the Meiji era (18681912)...