AT THE NPG, CANBERRA, NOVEMBER 2012 – TAASA Review March 2013
life and motivations in contemporary Chinese society itself. After an excellent lunch in the breezy spring sunshine, we walked across to the National Gallery, to be met by Melanie Eastburn, NGA’s Curator of Asian Art and specifically of the current exhibition Divine Worlds (and a very active and appreciated member of TAASA). Melanie gave us a brief overview of the exhibition, which consisted entirely of Indian paintings – Hindu, Buddhist, Jain, Muslim from the Gallery’s own collection.
Moving into the display itself, we were instantly in a different world of glowing pictures on richcoloured walls, a real contrast with the original NGA building’s grey, somewhat stonily overpowering halls.
The paintings ranged from exquisite intimate miniatures to vast hunting scenes, from enormous pilgrimage maps to vividly-coloured devotional shrine paintings (pichivai)...