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Awakening: Art of Buddhism Art Gallery of South Australia, Gallery 20-21 2 December 2016 – 1 October 2017 Presents Buddhist sculptures, paintings and ritual artefacts from India, Burma, Thailand, Nepal, Tibet, China, Japan and contemporary Australia.

A feature of the display are works of art narrating the story of the Buddha’s life as well as a set of imposing Chinese images from a private Australian collection never previously displayed in this country. VICTORIA Buddha’s Smile National Gallery of Victoria 2 June 2017 – 8 October 2017 Introduces the story of Buddha and Buddhist inspired artwork from the NGV Collection and selected private Melbourne collections.

Sculpture, textiles, paintings, scripts, prints and devotional objects displayed in thematic sections explore Buddha’s numerous incarnations, Zen philosophy, Buddhist costume, religious symbolism, painting conventions and historical narratives. Talk: Curator’s perspective, 2pm, Saturday, 3 June 2017 Hokusai NGV International 21 July ­ 15 October 2017 From one of the most famous and popular artists of Edo period Japan as well as an internationally recognised artist, Hokusai features 129 prints, four paintings and ten rare books on loan from the Japan Ukiyo-e Museum, Matsumoto, including a selection of Hokusai’s early works and complete sets of his most famous series, including Thirty six views of Mount Fuji...