Bringing Meaning: Landscape Paintings by Zhou Xiaoping 另一种呈现:周小平的绘画艺术

The Chinese Museum is delighted to welcome back artist Zhou Xiaoping for the exhibition, Bringing Meaning:  Landscape Paintings by Zhou Xiaoping.  It has been fifteen years since he first exhibited at the museum.  He exhibited on three previous occasions in two solo exhibitions (1993, 2002) and a group show (1996).

Over this period, Zhou has become an important figure in contemporary art in Australia and China.  He has had 40 solo exhibitionsnumerous art residencies, and two books have been published in China on his work.  In 2011, he was the subject of a documentary film called Ochre and Ink about his experience as a Chinese artist in Aboriginal Australia.  Over his career, he has established enduring friendships with members of the Aboriginal community including the late Jimmy Pike. In 1999, Zhou and Pike held a joint exhibition in Beijing at the National Gallery of China.

Chinese Australian and Chinese artists are known and celebrated in Australia and around the world. Zhou Xiaoping’s career and artwork offer a unique viewpoint, which combines his classical Chinese skills in brush stroke painting with Australian Aboriginal influences that merge immigrant and indigenous identities into a seamless whole.

 

Chinese Museum Mysteries: Liminal Language 谜团:此岸到彼岸

How does language shape our ability to communicate? Learning a new language opens up possibilities for cross-cultural interaction. In turn, it can also be a limitation when no available words are sufficient to convey what we mean.

Chinese Museum Mysteries: Liminal Language is a family-friendly and interactive exhibition developed from the Chinese Museum’s collection. There will be many artefacts on display, including the unique Ying u Tsap Ts’un (Chinese and English Instructor), a set of Chinese–English phrasebooks produced in Canton in 1862. The show invites visitors to start a conversation with other guests by using flash cards made solely from phrases from these historical books.

一句 “ I would like a cup of skinny flat white.”也许曾让初來澳洲的你觉得莫名其妙。原来这是要点一杯由脱脂牛奶冲泡的,咖啡所占比例较拿铁更多的澳式馥芮白。一门语言就像是通往一种文化的大门。这扇门为我们开启了跨文化交流的途径,也带来了言语沟通的迷思。语言究竟如何塑造我们交流的能力?中英翻译到底能不能够传达出我们的本意?

《谜团:此岸到彼岸》将为我们揭开澳华历史博物馆一段尘封百年的往事。以1862年印刷于中国广东的《英语集全》为线索,来自墨尔本大学艺术策展专业的学生 Ella Shi, Wenyue Quan,和 Sofia Yao Wang按图索骥,探寻150年前来到澳洲的中国人学习英文的历史。展览特别设置的互动环节鼓励参观者使用写着中英双语的卡片进行交流。在此过程中,我们希望参与者共情百年前的华人在运用英语交流时的障碍与挫折。

我们期待您走进博物馆,与我们一起追忆从此岸到彼岸的那些事儿。

Download Media Release of this exhibition.

Han Dynasty: Life Everlasting

 

People ‧ Ideas ‧ Innovation

While the power of Roman Empire was rising in the West, the Han dynasty (206 BCE-220 CE) founded the Eastern civilisation in China through a period of cultural and technological development, economic wealth and territorial expansion. This brand new exhibition showcases this significant period of Chinese history through the Han dynasty’s remarkable people, progressive ideas, and great innovations.


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People

The exhibition shares stories about people of the Han dynasty, such as the invention of the earliest odometer by a Chinese engineer and when the Han Emperor accidentally gave away one of ancient China’s Four Great Beauties to a tribal chief. Visitors will be introduced to Zhang Qian, the great explorer who founded the Silk Road, and will learn about Confucius’ enduring philosophy.


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Ideas

Witness the establishment of Silk Road, the expansion of the Empire’s borders, and wonder at a world in miniature featuring pottery figurines and other objects from the superb private collection of Hank Ebes. Explore the Han Emperors’ approach to law and order, the notion of the Mandate of Heaven and the belief in life everlasting.


Innovation

The Han dynasty heralded the invention of the papermaking process, advanced metal-forging techniques and highly effective agricultural methods. The Han also invented the wheelbarrow, applied negative numbers to mathematical calculations, and created a device that detected earthquakes.


Images: Private collections of Hank Ebes