& YASUKO MYER COLLECTION OF CONTEMPORARY ASIAN ART. QUEENSLAND ART GALLERY – TAASA Review March 2013

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VICTORIA Contemporary Asian and Pacific Art Gallery National Gallery of Victoria (International), Melbourne Ongoing The NGVI’s newly opened Contemporary Asian and Pacific Art Gallery displays a number of new acquisitions including the video work `Farmer’ by Thai artist Sudsiri Pui-Ock, which represents the life of a farmer in a rice field from a planar perspective.

The gallery is also providing a space for conceptual artists such as Rirkrit Tiravanija’s Untitled (lunchbox), which invite visitors to share a Thai takeaway meal and as a consequence, take part in making art. Rally: Contemporary Indonesian Art, on until 1 April 2013, presents the work of contemporary Indonesian artists Eko Nugroho and Jompet Kuswidananto in a series of installations in the NGVI Contemporary Project Space and Federation court.

Jompet is an installation artist while Nugroho works across diverse media; creating paintings, murals and handmade comic books, contemporary updates of the tradition of shadow puppet theatre, and collaborations with local craftspeople to produce embroideries. The NGVI is having a series of floor talks in conjunction with Cultural Diversity Week including: · 2pm 22 March, Southeast Asian Observations by Mikala Tai, former Director of Melbourne international Fine Art gallery (MiFA), about cutting edge work from Southeast Asia. · 3pm 22 March, artist Tintin Wulia will provide insights into the art work of her Indonesian compatriots in Rally: Contemporary Indonesian Art. Other events include: 12.30pm 18 April: floor talk by Carol Cains, Curator, Asian art, discussing new works from South and Southeast Asia 12.30pm 27 April: Shoji Hamada: A demonstration by Shoji Hamada part of the Slow Art Day Film program...