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.



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.)

The Chinese Museum’s 2016 holiday gift guide

It’s that time of the year again! Good for you if you have all your gifts sorted already, you superhuman being — but for the rest of us currently experiencing a pre-holiday headache/total meltdown, the Chinese Museum hopes to help with some of our own nifty gift ideas. Good luck, and shop wisely!



Shao Qihua Paintings ($200)

Ideal for: your arty sister
She’s both stylish and creative; her wardrobe might consist of only Gorman dresses, which she coordinates with equally colourful lipsticks and her own handmade jewellery. In fact, most days you swear she’s actually the physical manifestation of a Shao Qihua painting — vibrant, animated, too adorable to bear. As an arts and crafts fanatic with a penchant for all things independent, she’ll especially appreciate the cultural and artistic significance of Shao’s paintings: not only is the artist renowned in the Chinese ‘Peasant Painting’ canon, but she utilises her skills in traditional folk arts passed down for generations — like paper cutting, embroidery, weaving. It’s a must-have for our Marketing and Events Coordinator Michelle (who is very much the arty sister in both her family and the office): “I want one for my lounge room!”

Shao’s paintings are currently part of our exhibition ‘Modern Folk Art: Peasant Paintings by Shao Qihua‘. Artworks can be picked up on 21 and 22 Dec, just in time for Christmas.



Kwan the Lion  ($47.50) 

Ideal for: the playful, hands-on kid in the family
He/she is really, really into Lego. Puzzles and colouring books? Probably too old-school for their tastes. Either way, if something requires constructing from scratch — this kid is definitely up to the challenge. And Kwan the Lion, the Melbourne-based DIY kit that began life as a Kickstarter project, might just be that challenge. Not only do you colour and build the 3D head of the lion, you get to wear the finished product too! The toy/artwork/headpiece can be made after Christmas and worn out on the streets by Chinese New Year in January, making it a truly versatile holiday gift.

You can pick it up from the museum gift shop, open 7 days a week.

Membership (from $20)

Ideal for: the precocious, know-it-all kid in your family
Who needs presents when you can give the gift of knowledge! Admittedly that might not sound so appealing, but when one floor of the museum is entirely dedicated to replicating the experience of the gold rush, kids often forget they’re even learning. Good thing if the kid in your family already has an insatiable appetite for knowledge: he/she might find the the museum’s more immersive and interactive exhibits especially worthwhile. At $20, an annual concession museum membership guarantees unlimited visits all year round, as well as many other perks. Hint hint: an annual family membership package (two adults and three children) at $50 might be a sneaky way to reward both the little ones as well as yourself.

You can fill our your form here and submit it to marketing@chinesemuseum.com.au.



Parasols ($10)

Ideal for: your social butterfly best friend
He’s already lined up his summer calendar with every music festival/outdoor cinema/arts extravaganza you can think of, so you probably shouldn’t buy him any more event tickets (he’s probably got it already). Usually hibernating throughout winter, he’ll emerge out of his cave as soon as temperatures hit past the mid-twenties — ready to party, mingle, and bask in the sun. A parasol might just be the perfect stocking filler for him since, a) he overlooks just how much damage the sun actually does to one’s skin every single year and b) he’ll obviously need a hilarious prop to go with his summer shenanigans. Our museum volunteer Tim might want to get one in all three colours: “It’ll definitely be a festival conversation starter, for sure.”

You can pick up a parasol from the museum gift shop, open 7 days a week.


Book sale stocking fillers (from $1)

Ideal for: Adventurous parents/grandparents
Bonus points if they recently returned from an overseas trip in China. Our gift shop always has a large selection of titles on all things Chinese – from Chinese language learning resources to coffee table books on contemporary art. Aside from the usual suspects, the museum is also clearing out old stock, with most books on sale for only $1 or $2. Not only do they make great stocking fillers, you’ll be able to fill up the bookshelves of your avid-reader parents/grandparents — one stack of books at a time.

The museum gift shop is open 7 days a week.