Interior Journeys: Traditional Chinese Paintings

Level 2, 18 May- Late August

Alive with vivid colors and expressive brush strokes, the paintings in this exhibition express profound emotions.

Traditional Chinese landscape paintings have evolved over centuries.  These contemporary watercolour and ink paintings continue a tradition where artists use the metaphor of the natural world to express deeper feelings in what has been described as “mind landscapes”.  In these paintings, we are immersed in the artist’s Interior Journeys.

Xu Zimin’s work was first exhibited in the Chinese Museum in 1998 along with the other artists in the exhibition.  The most notable of the group, Xu Zimin studied at the Jiangnan Painting Academy in Shanghai and has exhibited internationally.  Less is known about the careers of Yi Fei Lu, Ren Tu Wang and Huang Hu and we are continuing to research these artists and identify one unknown artist.

All of these artworks will become part of the Chinese Museum’s permanent collection.  With these acquisitions, we will preserve artworks that reflect the evolution of Chinese painting for future researchers and audiences to the museum.

Special thanks for the outstanding curatorial research by Vanessa Shia, who has worked tirelessly to try to solve some of the mysteries around these artworks and the artists.

 

 

活泼生动的色彩和刚劲有力的笔触,这次展览中的画作皆表达着丰富的情感。  

中国的传统风景画已经发展了数百年。这些当代水彩画和水墨画承传了传统,艺术家以自然风景为隐喻来表达内心深处的情感,这被称之为“心灵风景”。而这些绘画都能让观赏者沉浸在艺术家的“心灵之旅”中。

徐自民与数位中国艺术家的作品于1998年首次在澳华历史博物馆展出,这当中最知名的就是徐自民。他曾于上海江南画院学习,其画作亦曾在国际上展出过。对于陆一飞,王仁兔和黄猇的职业生涯本馆了解甚少,我们正在持续搜集这几位艺术家的资料並希望能识别其中一位未知身分的艺术家。

这些作品将成为澳华历史博物馆永久藏品的一部分。本馆将妥善保存这些能反映中国绘画演变的艺术作品,以供未来研究人员参考和参观人士欣赏。

特别在此感谢Vanessa Shia为展览所做的资料搜集。因为她不遗馀力的努力,让本馆对这些艺术品和艺术家的创作意念有更深的了解。

 

Mabel Wang Memorial Fund

MABEL WANG MEMORIAL FUND

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Mabel Wang (nee Chen), 22 July 1924 – 12 May 2017, passed away peacefully at Cabrini Hospital Malvern, Victoria.

The Chen family has been an active family in Melbourne’s Chinatown since the 1930s in commerce, community and local politics. With her husband, Councillor David Wang, Mabel was a great contributor to the City of Melbourne in the late 1900s.

Mabel was one of the founders of the Melbourne Dai Loong Association and was instrumental in raising funds for the commissioning and purchase of Melbourne Dai Loong (Big Dragon) in 1978, which was the first processional dragon made in China for 30 years. Along with other dragons, Melbourne Dai Loong appears in the Dragon Gallery at the Museum.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Mabel Wang Memorial Fund that will establish a Chinese Museum Education Program teaching children about Chinese Dragons.

Please complete this donation form.

 

 

Sponsor Story: Central Equity

The Chinese Museum would like to extend our sincere thanks to Central Equity, our longest serving corporate sponsor, for their generous support through the years. As a multi award winning industry leader in residential properties in Melbourne, this caring Company has actively sponsored a broad range of community organisations and groups over the years, including the Chinese Museum.

Central Equity

From the left:Victor Li, Karl Kutner, Eddie Kutner (Central Equity CEO), Jeremy Vile, Peter Selinger (Chinese Museum Director), Ian Carkeek

Central Equity were also kind enough to generously participate in our latest activity by enthusiastically purchasing 4 limited edition Dai Loong dragon scales this year. These original dragon scales are from the 100 metre long Dai Loong or Big Dragon which was the centrepiece of the annual Chinese New Year parade from 1979 – 2000.

Owning one of the 500 framed dragon scales represents a rare opportunity to become an honourable witness of the living history of Chinese Australian.

Dragon Scale Order Form

We sincerely appreciate the decision by Central Equity to extend their support to the Chinese Museum for a further three years, which helps  the Museum to  continue to fulfill  its mission and serve the Chinese community.

Melbourne International Comedy Festival at the Chinese Museum

 

IMG_0836April was an exceptional month for the Chinese Museum. We were proud to partner with the Melbourne International Comedy Festival this year, for the first time, as a key venue for 203 shows. We enthusiastically welcomed 8,000 people to enjoy comedy performances in the unique environment of the Museum. We also gave away free double passes on social media for two Chinese comedy shows to our Museum subscribers. Thanks to the Comedy Festival, the museum was able to welcome many new friends to have their first visit here.

 

Tim Chan and Vivek Mahbubani, the two award-winning comedians from Hong Kong were eager to share their experience of performing at the Chinese Museum. They also expressed their strong desire to visit and perform at the Museum again next year. Click here to check out what they said about the Museum.


Bringing Meaning: Landscape paintings by Zhou Xiaoping

Experience the unique collaboration between Chinese and Aboriginal arts.

Explore the story behind it on our newest show, Bringing Meaning: Landscape paintings by Zhou Xiaoping, opening in early June.

 

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Image: Zhou Xiaoping, Back to back(3) Portrait of Jimmy and Xiaoping (1995) (detail) Acrylic 207 x 154cm © Courtesy of the artist

We are thrilled to launch a brand new exhibition with acclaimed Chinese artist Zhou Xiaoping in early June.

Zhou Xiaoping is a Melbourne-based artist, born and educated in China. Since 1988 he has been actively engaged with Aboriginal communities in Arnhem Land and the Kimberley. When he came to Australia in 1988, Xiaoping was deeply attracted to Australian Aboriginal art and culture. He has created a unique artistic style by incorporating his new Aboriginal experiences into the traditional Chinese classic painting that he had learnt in China. Chinese and Aboriginal arts and cultures meet in his paintings, ceramics and installations, generating a new aesthetics while telling his story in Australia. This unique perspective Xiaoping has developed is reflected in his artistic style and character. His art practice has created a unique model for cross-cultural communication.

Zhou’s collaboration with the late Jimmy Pike resulted in the first exhibition of Aboriginal art work in China at the Hefei Jiuliumi Art Museum, Hefei in 1996, and then held at the National Gallery of China in 1999. In the same year, he won the Salon Des Refuses Holding Redlich People’s Choice Award during the Archibald Prize.

Xiaoping participated as the principal artist in the exhibition titled: “Trepang, China & the story of Macassan – Aboriginal trade”, both at The Capital Museum in Beijing and the Melbourne Museum in Australia in 2011. In this exhibition he was collaborated with late Aboriginal artist Johnny Bulunbulun.

In 2014 Xiaoping was invited by the Australian Embassy in Paris to opened his solo show at the Embassy.

The award-winning documentary film Ochre and Ink was broadcast on ABC1. It is the story of Chinese-Australian artist Zhou Xiaoping and his 23-year collaboration with an Aboriginal artist in remote Arnhem Land. The film has won six awards at international film festivals.

Zhou has held 40 solo exhibitions worldwide, and has published two Chinese language books on his experiences with Aboriginal communities. Most recently he has worked on a mural project at Mutitjulu in Central Australia.

At the moment, titled “Dialogues with The Dreaming –the art of Zhou Xiaoping in Australia” is touring in China ,2017.

Our country (2014) Ink, acrylic on rice paper and canvas 137 x 210cm © Courtesy of the artist

Our country (2014) Ink, acrylic on rice paper and canvas 137 x 210cm © Courtesy of the artist

Putting together this tremendous exhibition involves cost around display, marketing, labelling, travel, curating, translation and installation.

Would you help us please to fund this exhibition?

All supporters of this show will be fully acknowledged in the show, and in addition all donations will receive a tax receipt which will enable you to write the donation off against tax.

To be a part of this tremendous show, please download a donation form to help us to stage Zhou’s amazing paintings at the museum.