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What's on: March - May 2015

A selective round up of exhibitions and events

Compiled by Tina Burge


The story of Rama: Indian miniatures from the National Museum, New Delhi
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
End April/May (TBA) – 23 August 2015
This exhibition tells the Ramayana through 101 paintings, each illustrating a key moment from the narrative. A tale of love, loyalty, betrayal and the victory of good over evil, the Ramayana is one of the world’s great epics. The paintings were created between the 16th and 19th centuries in locations across India and present the diversity of regional painting styles. The exhibition was curated by the National Museum, New Delhi, from their extensive collection.
In association with the exhibition will be a
series of talks:
Curator’s perspective - Melanie Eastburn, Curator, Asian Art, will talk about the exhibition on 28 April at 12.45pm.
Ramayana: myths and realities - Dr Richard Barz will discuss aspects of the Ramayana story that have impacted on the political and religious development of societies across South and Southeast Asia on 12 May at 12.45 pm.
Hanuman and the monkey army – Claudia Hyles, independent researcher will examine the role of the Monkey God Hanuman in the Ramayana story on 19 May at 12.45 pm.
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Art of India lecture series
Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney
April and May 2015, 12 – 1pm on Wednesdays
The topics in this lecture series will be arranged chronologically from the 10th to 21st century, with each lecture focusing on an artistic highpoint or intriguing strand of India’s cultural heritage.
Lecture details can be found in the insert to this issue.
For further information go to: www.ag.nsw.gov.au or call 02 9225 1878.

INTERCHANGE: Contemporary Printmaking
from Australia and Thailand
Mosman Art Gallery, Sydney
9 May – 12 July 2015
Features 30 artists from Thailand and Australia, selected to showcase the diversity of print as a contemporary art discipline. All artists work within the traditions of printmaking such as etching, lithography, screen printing, relief printing with many artists extending their work to create nonconventional pieces with an emphasis on
For further information go to: www.mosmanartgallery.org.au/exhibitions/interchange-contemporary-printmakingfrom-australia-and-thailand

Go East - Gene and Brian Sherman
Contemporary Asian Art Collection
Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney
14 May – 26 July 2015
Showcases Australian philanthropists Gene and Brian Sherman’s collection of contemporary Asian art, including artists from the Philippines, Japan, Taiwan, Indonesia, Tibet, Thailand, Vietnam and China. A monumental installation by Indian artist Jitish Kallat will transform the Gallery’s entrance court.
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Tell Me My Truth
4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art
27 March – 16 May 2015
This is the second exhibition instalment of MASS GROUP INCIDENT, the five month multi-stage program of exhibitions, site-specific projects, performances, film screenings and public programs from 17 January to 31 May 2015. Tell Me My Truth looks to pertinent and often contentious questions around the mediation of history, memory, mass communication, surveillance, control and the central question of the subjectivity of the individual in relation to the group. Participating artists include Simon Fujiwara, Helen Grace, Amala Groom, Shilpa Gupta, FX Harsono, He Xiangyu, James Newitt, Tony Schwensen and John von

4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, Sydney
29 May 2015, 6pm – Sunday 31 May 2015, 6pm
48HR Incident will be a continuous program of live performance works and other forms of artistic actions running over 48 hours in 4A’s gallery spaces and marks the final program of MASS GROUP INCIDENT’s five month rolling exhibition. Featuring short works through to longer durational performances, 48HR Incident is a call to action, a test of audiences’ will and commitment to meet the challenges that artists present them. Some of the artists participating are Frances Barrett, Dadang Christanto, Blak Douglas (a.k.a Adam Hill), Salote Tawale, Latai Taumoepeau and Tony Schwensen.
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Brush and ink: Contemporary Asian calligraphy
Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide
Now until 19 April 2015
Presents recent works from Japan, Mongolia and China portraying a subtle play of words and imagery, depicted in black and white, and imbued with a new sense of energy. For the first time in Australia, AGSA will present the monumental, calligraphic installations of artist and commercial designer Hiroko Watanabe (b. 1970, Nagoya, Japan).In addition, there are a selection of recent works by Mongolian calligraphers, as well as calligraphy from some of Shandong’s most well-known calligraphers.
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A Golden Age of China - Qianlong Emperor, 1736–1795
NGV International
27 March – 21 June 2015
The Qianlong emperor’s diverse and eclectic interest in the arts is reflected in the items he collected. The exhibition of 120 works includes a lavish display of paintings in silk and paper, silk court robes, precious-stone inlayed objet d’art and portraits of members of the imperial household; paintings of hunting scenes, court ceremonies and private life of the Qianlong emperor, ceremonial weapons and other palace treasures. On 28 March, 11am, Dr Mae Anna Pang, Senior Curator of Asian Art, will discuss Emperor Qianlong’s collection. At 12pm, Laurie Benson, Curator of International Art, will discuss Italian Jesuit Giuseppe Castiglione, the principal painter at the Royal Court of Emperor Qianlong, and his role in the influence of European artistic styles on Chinese painting.

Gods, Heroes and Clowns - Performance and
Narrative in South and Southeast Asian Art
NGV International, Melbourne
1 May – 30 August 2015
Gods, Heroes and Clowns explores historical and contemporary visual and performance art inspired by the many narratives that pervade South and Southeast Asia, including the great Hindu epics, the Mahabharata and the Ramayana, and ballads describing the exploits of local folk heroes. Works on display come from India, Thailand, Laos, Indonesia and Cambodia and include storyteller’s cloths, shrine and temple hangings, manuscripts and paintings, masks and puppets. The works were used in a wide range of contexts, including religious festivals, as painted backdrops to storyteller’s performances and in lively puppet plays. Contemporary works include a patachitra (painted narrative textile) from Orissa, India, a sculpture by Indonesian artist Entang WIharso inspired by wayang kulit puppet performances, and a commissioned ‘soft sculpture’ by Cambodian artist Svay Sareth which critiques the message of the Buddhist Vessantara tale.
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Detail of man’s ikat sarong, Trengganu, Malaysia c.1900.

Woman’s embroidered dress, Afghanistan 1965-75

Ceremonial textile, Toraja people, Celebes (Indonesia) c.1900-1920

 Palempore, Made for Export Market, India C. 1800

Collection Powerhouse Museum, Sydney

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