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What's on: June - August 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
22 May – 23 August 2015
This exhibition tells the Ramayana, through 101 paintings which draw on a wide range of styles and periods. See pp10-11 in this issue.Associated events include:
4 June at 12.45pm Melanie Eastburn, Curator, Asian Art and Dr Chaitanya Sambrani, Senior Lecturer, School of Art, ANU, introduces the exhibition.
14 June at 2pm the screening of Sita sings the blues, a shadow puppet comedy.
2 June at 12.45pm a talk on the Ramayana by Dr Richard Barz, retired lecturer from the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific.
9 July at 12.45pm a talk by Claudia Hyles on the role of the Monkey God.
For further information go to: www.nga.gov.au.

Ink Remix: Contemporary Art from Mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong
Canberra Museum and Gallery
3 July – 18 October 2015
A touring exhibition of more than 35 works showcasing the complex responses by contemporary artists to the long tradition of ink art in China. See p26 in this issue.


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 innovation.
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Go East - Gene and Brian Sherman
Contemporary Asian Art Collection Art Gallery of NSW & SCAF
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. In the Gallery’s entrance court is a monumental installation by Indian artist Jitish Kallat. In Public notice 2 2007, he renders Mahatma Gandhi’s historic speech in 1930 after the ‘salt march’ in its entirety, each letter appearing to be made from bone, as though Kallat has exhumed these words from their historical resting place. As part of this exhibition, a monumental installation Chinese Bible by Yang Zhichao will be on show at SCAF in Paddington.
For further information go to: www.ag.nsw.gov.au and www.sherman-scaf.org.au.

Japanese Folds
Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, Sydney
Now showing to 21 June 2015
Presents contemporary fashion items and decorative arts centred on the Japanese practice of folding. See p19 in this issue.
Go to: https://maas.museum/

The spread of Buddhist art lecture series
Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney
From 1 July to 5 August at 12pm
This series of six lectures will examine selected aspects of the enormous and artistically rich heritage of Buddhist art.
1 July – Jackie Menzies on The Life of the Buddha and the evolution of the Buddha image
8 July – Jackie Menzies on Buddhas and Bodhisattvas go east
15 July – Dr David Templeman on Avalokitesvara: from India to Tibet
22 July – Dr Mark Allon on Gandhara to Central Asia
29 July – Dr Ann Proctor on Buddhist art of 9th century Champa
5 August – Dr Charlotte Galloway on From India to Myanmar


The Barrie and Judith Heaven Collection of Indian Gond Paintings
Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide
Now showing until 8 November 2015
The paintings of the Gond people of central India, the largest tribal group in the world, are exhibited for the first time at the AGSA. Over a millennium, Gond’s agrarian society evolved a distinctive aesthetic and religious identity in which ancient indigenous spirituality merged with more recent Hindu traditions. Gond villagers traditionally painted the walls of houses with talismanic symbols, including forest deities, sacred animals and plants, using natural pigments, adopting the use of synthetic colours on canvas in the early 1980s.
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Treasure Ships: Art in the Age of Spices
Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide
13 June - 30 August 2015
Treasure Ships is the first exhibition in Australia to present the complex artistic and cultural interactions between Europe and Asia through international trade from the 16th to the 19th centuries. It includes 300 works of ceramics, decorative arts, furniture, metalware, paintings, prints and textiles from public and private collections in Australia
India, Portugal, Singapore and the United States. Presented in collaboration with the Art Gallery of Western Australia. See pp4 -8 in the March 2015 issue of the TAASA Review.
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More Ink than Ocean: The art of writing in Islam
Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide
7 August 2015 – 27 March 2016
Presents 1000 years of Islamic calligraphy from Iran, India and Indonesia. Among the highlights is the magnificent illuminated manuscript Mathnavi of Jalal al-Din Muhammad Rumi (1641), and the work of the famous calligrapher, Muhammad Hussein Kashmiri (d.1620), on whom the Indian emperor, Akbar the Great, bestowed the title ‘The Golden Pen’.
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A Golden Age of China - Qianlong Emperor (1736–1795)
National Gallery of Victoria, International
27 March 15 – 21 June 2015
Includes 120 works collected by one of China’s most successful rulers and fourth emperor of the Qing dynasty (1644–1911). Drawn from the Palace Museum’s collection in Beijing, it includes a lavish display of paintings in silk and paper, silk court robes, precious-stone inlayed objet d’art and imperial portraits.
See pp9-11 in the March 2015 issue of the
TAASA Review.
Floor talks offered:
11am, 3 June 2015: Curator of Asian Art, Wayne Crothers, will discuss the hand scrolls painted by Qianlong of subjects in two of China’s most historic cities: the West Lake in Hangzhou and Lion Grove Garden in Suzhou
1pm, 13 June 2015: Iain Clark, an independent researcher with special interest in Chinese ceramic ceremonial vessels, will explain the four moon-white ritual ceramics from the Qianlong period.
11am, 21 June: Ramona Chua, President of NGV Voluntary Guides, will give a lecture on the beginning of the Qing Dynasty.

Gods, Heroes and Clowns - Performance and Narrative in South and Southeast Asian Art
NGV International, Melbourne
1 May 15 – 30 August 2015
Gods, Heroes and Clowns explores 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 include storyteller’s cloths, shrine and temple hangings, manuscripts and paintings, masks and puppets. See pp4-6 in this issue.
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The prince and the pir: dervishes and mysticism in Iran and India
British Museum, London
11 March – 8 July 2015
In Persian-speaking Iran and India, a holy man known as a pir or shaykh - many of whom were Sufis - often provided spiritual guidance to rulers. This display presents diverse images of Sufis between the 16th and 19th centuries from album and manuscript pages to objects used in daily life.

From Nô to Mata Hari, 2000 years of Asian theatre
Musée Guimet, Paris
15 April - 31 August 2015
Explores the epic and dramatic aspects that characterise the immense variety of Asian theatrical productions. From Indian theatre costumes to Japanese nô kimonos and masks, Peking opera dresses to Southeast Asian shadow theatre, an entire world of deities, animals and characters is brought to life.

Enigmas: The Art of Bada Shanren
Freer Gallery of Art, Washington
20 June 2015 - 3 January 2016
Born a prince of the Ming imperial house, Bada Shanren remade himself as a secluded Buddhist monk and, later, as a professional painter and calligrapher. Featured in this exhibition are examples of his most daring and idiosyncratic works.

Bold and Beautiful: Rinpa in Japanese Art
June 28, 2015–January 3, 2016
This exhibition features 37 paintings, ceramics, woodblock-printed books, and lacquers by Kōrin, his brother Ogata Kenzan, and later artists who were inspired by the brilliant simplicity of Rinpa design.

28 Chinese
Asian Art Museum, San Francisco
5 June 15 – 16 August 2015
The result of more than a decade’s worth of exploration, research and collecting, this exhibition—organized by the extraordinary Rubell Collection in Miami—presents 48 artworks from 28 contemporary Chinese artists.

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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