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.



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.

Chinese Anzacs Special Ticket Offer Extended

Join us in remembering the Chinese Australians who served in World War I.

Only until 25 June, we invite you to the Museum.

SAVE *$11 : Bring a friend for free (two people for the price of one)

Present this on your phone to our ticket desk to qualify.

(* Save up to $11 based on full adult price, concessions save $9. Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer.)

Chinese Anzacs: Chinese Australians and World War One

*Due to popular demand, this exhibition is returning for a limited time.

Level 1, 27 April – 25 May 2017

“If Australia is good enough to live in, it is good enough to fight for.”

– Benjamin Moy Ling (Chinese Anzac)

Special 2 for 1 ticket offer during the exhibition period

Join us for a commemoration to acknowledge and thank the contributions of our Chinese ANZACs in WWI and unfold the dust-laden stories of the many heroic diggers who served on the frontline.

Chinese Australians served valiantly in WWI in many different roles and theatres of war.

The exhibition Chinese ANZACS at the Chinese Museum tells the stories of some of these heroic diggers whose stories have been forgotten or were left untold.

The four Langtip brothers lived in Victoria when they enlisted in 1916.  All four served in the 4th Australian Light Horse Regiment and saw action in many campaigns including the Battle of Beersheba in Oct. 1917.  Remarkably, all were to survive the war.  Richard Wong from Beechworth, Victoria was not so lucky.  His time on active service was short-lived.  A machine gunner, he was killed in 1916 from the injuries he received while fighting at Warlencourt.  One of the best known Chinese Australian soldiers was Billy Sing, who trained with the 5th Australian Light-Horse.   A formidable sniper, he was reported to have shot 200 enemy soldiers.

Chinese Australians found ways to join the Australian Imperial Force (AIF) and the Royal Australian Navy (RAN), despite the Defence Act of 1909, which did not allow those ‘not substantially of European origin’ to enlist for military service.

Although many Chinese Australians were second or third generation Australians and keen to fight, they weren’t always viewed as the ideal recruits but as the war progressed,  the minimum requirements of height and age were relaxed giving many more chances for Chinese Australians to enlist.

While the recruitment policies at the time were racially discriminatory, these and other Chinese Australians were able to serve and won the acceptance and respect of their fellow soldiers.

Chinese ANZACs brings to light the stories of these young men who were willing to sacrifice their lives for the freedoms and privileges they enjoyed as Australians.


Limited edition Dai Loong dragon scales


Your chance to own one of 500 framed dragon scales from the 100 metre-long Dai Loong dragon that was the centrepiece of the annual Chinese New Year Parade from 1979 — 2000.

Dragon Scale Order Form

A part of the living history of Melbourne’s Chinatown, these original dragon scales were part of the 100 metre-long Dai Loong —the Big Dragon— that was the centrepiece of the annual Chinese New Year Parade from 1979 to 2000.

The awakening and parade of the Dragon is the most auspicious occasion in Chinese customs heralding Chinese New Year, as the Dragon is sighted flying to the heavens to bring forth spring rains for China’s once agrarian society. The Chinese community in Melbourne have expressed their culture through Dragon processions and parades through the streets of Melbourne since the 1830s.

Melbourne Dai Loong was the first processional dragon made in China since 1949 and became a symbol of the return of traditional culture to China after the Cultural Revolution. The dragon design and manufacture of Dragons in China was resurrected by the Chinese Community of Melbourne.

The custodian of the Dragon Parade in Chinatown since 1979 has been the Melbourne Dai Loong Association Inc. The Dragons of Melbourne are on display at the Chinese Museum.