VISITORS ENJOYING THE BUDDHA: RADIANT AWAKENING EXHIBITION, 2001. PHOTO: KATHERINE RUSSELL – TAASA Review December 2011
One innovative way to ensure that an Asian art exhibition can achieve `blockbuster’ status was demonstrated by Monet & Japan (NGA 2001).
Curated by Virginia Spate and Gary Hickey, this scholarly exhibition explored the link between the work of the ever popular French Impressionist artist Claude Monet (1840-1926) and the Japanese aesthetic through examples of Monet’s paintings and the Japanese woodblock prints, screens and painted scrolls which influenced his work.
Monet & Japan attracted a total of 227,872 visitors in Canberra, then travelled to the Art Gallery of Western Australia (AGWA) in Perth where it received a further 173,892 visitors, a record for the Western Australian gallery. BUDDHA: Radiant Awakening (AGNSW, 2001), curated by Jackie Menzies, was an ambitious exhibition of the highest calibre of Buddhist art from across Asia...