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What's on: December 2014 - February 2015

A selective round up of exhibitions and events

Compiled by Tina Burge


Conversations through the Asian Collections
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
October 2014 - October 2015
Drawn from the AGNSW’s collection, this exhibition brings together Asian art of the past and present in a major refresh of the Asian galleries. Contemporary artworks are positioned next to the historical works that inform and inspire them, in a series of dynamic ‘conversations’ that allow visitors to look afresh at the historical collection. Leading off those conversations are 24 renowned contemporary artists, among them Anish Kapoor, Suda Yoshihiro, Shahzia Sikander and Ah Xian. These artists see the past as a deep resource and constant spur to the imagination – their work attests to the live connection it has to the present. Encompassing almost 300 objects, the exhibition features many icons of the Gallery’s collection as well as new acquisitions.

Chinese New Year Events at the Art Gallery of NSW
During the last two weeks of February, the AGNSW will be holding a number of events in association with Chinese New Year:
15 February 2015, 1pm - 4pm, the Korean monk Suan will demonstrate his method of achieving inner peace and joy through the vehicle of brush and ink. Suan resides at Tongdo-sa Temple in Korea and has been practising painting, calligraphy, seal carving and poetry since the 1960s. He is visiting Sydney as the guest of Jongbop-sa Temple, Belfield.
15 February 2015, as part of the City of Sydney 2015 Chinese New Year Festival, Chinese-Australian artist Ah Xian will be in conversation with Claudia Chan Shaw about how he incorporates the work of traditional Chinese artisans in his practice.
Go to the website: www.ag.nsw.gov.au closer to the time for details about other talks and children’s activities.

Collection+ Pinaree Sanpitak
Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation
16/18-20 Goodhope St, Paddington, Sydney
17 October - 13 December 2014
SCAF presents the latest in its Collection+ series of exhibitions. Curated by Jasmin Stephens, works by eminent Thai artist Pinaree Sanpitak from the Gene and Brian Sherman Collection are shown alongside works drawn from other private and public collections in Australia and Thailand. Collection+ focuses attention on the ways that the collecting activities of individuals and institutions sustain and stimulate the lives of artists. Collection+ is Sanpitak’s first solo exhibition in Australia.
See http://sherman-scaf.org.au/exhibition/collection-pinaree-sanpitak/

Actions for Tomorrow by Yangjiang Group
4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art
17 January – 7 March 2015
Yangjiang Group’s first exhibition in Australia is an ambitious contemporary art project that will see the Chinese artist group take over 4A and the Chinese Gardens during the Sydney Chinese New Year festival. Yangjiang Group will present two new bodies of work that will incorporate large-scale calligraphic murals, wax-covered clothing and sculptural elements to transform 4A into an immersive installation, illuminating the connections between the social function of calligraphy in contemporary Chinese culture, and its impact on the economic transactions that occur during our everyday lives.

VisAsia General meeting
Art Gallery of New South Wales,
Centenary Auditorium
10 December 2014 from 5.00 – 6.30 pm
Michael Brand, Director, AGNSW Suhanya Raffel, Director of collections and Warwick Johnson, Chair of VisAsia will discuss the future plans for the Asian collection and exhibition program at the Art Gallery of NSW.
Please rsvp by 3 December:

A collector’s tale: building a collection of Qing and Republican Chinese ceramics
Asian Art Institute of Australia Talk at Bonhams, Sydney
6 December 2014 at 2pm
Iain Clarke will offer his personal view of collecting Chinese Ceramics from the late Qing, Republican and People’s Republic periods (1850-2010), sharing his experiences of building up his collection. Examples from his collection will be on view in the AAIA’s exhibition at Bonhams, 76 Paddington St, Paddington on Friday 12 – 5pm and Saturday 10am – 5pm.
RSVP for the talk by email to asianartinstitute@gmail.com or phone Larry Lucas (m) 0411 156 720

A fine possession – Jewellery and Identity
Powerhouse Museum, Sydney
24 September 2014 – 20 September 2015
A fine possession celebrates the central place of jewellery in our lives, from antiquity to the present-day, through a sumptuous selection of jewellery made, worn and collected in Australia. Although it sources jewellery from around the world, there are many Asian related pieces such as a silver headdress inlaid with kingfisher feathers from China from about 1800; a happiness gold and turquoise necklace from Rajasthan, India from the mid 1900s, and a ‘Java-la-Grande’ bracelet from Goa, India, from around the second quarter of the 16th century.
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7th Festival of Tibet
Brisbane Powerhouse
19 - 25 January 2015
Brisbane’s Festival of Tibet is the largest annual celebration of Tibetan culture in Australia and a unique world event. Founded by musician Tenzin Choegyal, January 2015 will mark the seventh edition of the festival which features art workshops, musical performances, films, Buddhist teachings and a range of talks. This year’s festival will also host former president of the Tibetan Children’s Villages and sister to the 14th Dalai Lama, Jetsun Pema.
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Future Beauty: 30 Years of Japanese Fashion
Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA), Brisbane
1 November 2014 – 15 February 2015
The exhibition explores the tremendous innovation of Japanese fashion designers from the early 1980s to the present. With over 100 garments featured in the exhibition, ranging from the classic and elegant to outrageous, this is a rare opportunity to view these unique creations first hand. Curated by eminent Japanese fashion historian Akiko Fukai, Director of the Kyoto Costume Institute in Japan, this exhibition explores the unique sensibility of Japanese design, and its sense of beauty embodied in clothing.
For further information go to: http://www.qagoma.qld.gov.au/exhibitions/current/futurebeauty


Takahiro Iwasaki: Itsukushima Reflection Model
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
5 December 2014 – 6 April 2015
Takahiro Iwasaki is recognized as one of Japan’s new generation of emerging young artists, who creates intricately detailed models that reinterpret contemporary cityscapes and iconic historic buildings. The reflection model series focuses on seven of Japan’s most sacred buildings that all have an intimate visual relationship with the reflections they cast in the water that surrounds them. Playing with this striking visual relationship Iwasaki constructs precise three dimensional models that are exhibited suspended, in a way that combines the actual building with its illusionary reflection to create one complete form. Wayne Crothers, Curator, Asian Art will give a talk on 5 December 2015 at 12.30pm on Takahiro Iwasaki. He will discuss Iwasaki’s intricate suspended three dimensional model of the sixth century Shinto shrine of Itsukushima commissioned by the NGV, the third in a series of seven of Japan’s most sacred buildings.
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The 5th ASEAN Traditional Textiles Symposium, Chiang Mai
19 – 21 January 2015
The ASEAN Traditional Textiles Symposium’s core objective is to preserve and promote traditional textiles of ASEAN nations. The first symposium was held in Indonesia in December 2005 and the topics in 2015 include dying cloth using natural dyes; using natural fibres; conserving and developing traditional textiles, and developing commercial traditional textiles.
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The Lost Dhow: A Discovery from the Maritime Silk Route
Aga Khan Museum, Toronto
December 13, 2014 - March 15, 2015
In 1998, an Arab ship carrying goods from China was discovered at the bottom of the Indian Ocean off Belitung Island, Indonesia. Dating from the 9th-century, the Belitung shipwreck is the earliest Arab vessel of this period to be found with a complete cargo, including silver ingots, bronze mirrors, spicefilled jars, intricately worked vessels of silver and gold, and thousands of ceramic bowls, ewers, and other vessels. The exhibition will reveal the interconnections between two great powers, the Tang and Abbasid Empires, whose influence collectively stretched from the East China Sea to North Africa.
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Splendor of the Han – Rise of the Celestial Empire
Musee Guimet, Paris
22 October 2014 - 1 March 2015
The exhibition is presented as part of the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the French Republic and the People’s Republic of China. The Guimet has been loaned major works from 27 provincial Chinese museums, including many new archaeological discoveries, such as jades, bronzes, ceramics to lacquer ware, covering every field of artistic endeavour from delicate objects to monumental sculptures.
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Roads of Arabia - Archaeology and
History of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Asian Art Museum, San Francisco
24 October 2014 - 18 January 2015
Over the last 40 years, archaeologists working in Saudi Arabia have unearthed an astonishing number of artefacts that have radically transformed scholarship of the region. Roads of Arabia features more than 200 objects, ranging from excavated stone tools—some dating back more than a million years—to a 17th century set of gilded doors that once graced the entrance to the Ka’ba, Islam’s holiest sanctuary. Beginning with some of the earliest evidence of humankind, Roads of Arabia goes on to explore the historical and cultural development of Arabia. Tracing ancient incense trade routes and early-Islamic pilgrimage roads that once spanned the peninsula - connecting Arabia to Iraq, Syria, Egypt, the Mediterranean and beyond - the exhibition offers firsthand insight into the remarkable cultural interactions that occurred between Arabia and its diverse neighbours.
For more information go to: www.asianart.org/exhibitions_index/roads-of-arabia

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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