Museum Blog

  • gifts2016_shao1 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 Read More

  • leo_tien2 ‘Outsider’ Artists: Leo Tien and Shao Qihua

    This summer, the Chinese Museum’s two exhibitions, ‘Modern Folk Art: Peasant Paintings by Shao Qihua‘ and ‘The Unruly Art of Leo Tien‘, will showcase the paintings of two artists who are not quite artists in the traditional sense. Though wildly different in style, the works of Shao Qihua and Leo Tien might be labelled ‘outsider art’ or ‘naive art’, due to their practices being outside the confinements of the mainstream art world. Often, ‘outsider art’ might also refer to the work of untrained or self-taught artists, which is the case for Leo Tien. Looking only at their ‘outsider’ status, however, overlooks their unique creative visions, as formed by extraordinary social, political and cultural contexts. Leo Tien (1920 – 2001) We can’t be sure when Tien first felt the urge to paint, Read More

  • Marketing and Events Coordinator Michelle with guest. Opening night: ‘Unbounded Space’

    Unbounded Space opened on Monday, the 14th of November. The museum was extremely excited to have curator He Fei-Yue and artist Wang Run-Yue on board for this temporary exhibition, not only for their unique brand of contemporary art, but also their expertise in the Chinese arts sector. Both He and Wang are from Shanghai’s celebrated M50 art district, often billed as Beijing 798’s equivalent. While Wang has previously exhibited internationally, Australia is a first for him. The opening drew in a mix of museum members, visitors and local Chinese community members. The Chinese Museum’s chairman Bill Au was also in attendance.  

  • doritchen1 An intern’s illustrations of Melbourne’s Chinese-Australian community

    Back in July/August, the Chinese Museum was fortunate to have Dorrit and Kelly on board as marketing interns. The two students came here from Taiwan as part of a school program, and generously volunteered their time and skills at multiple Chinese-Australian organisations and associations, including the museum. Dorrit has since left Australia, but recently she sent over her own illustrations of her time here in Melbourne – a city she had a blast not only exploring in, but contributing to. These lively images also give us great insight into how our Chinese-Australian community might be viewed through a Chinese lens from abroad. Right: “The world’s biggest processional dragon. The Millennium Dragon awaits the new year to participate in the festive street parade.” Left: “The Gold Rush. The life and times of 19th Read More

  • fringe-festival-nibble-erosion-eclipse-extended ‘蝕-nibble, erosion, eclipse’ is extended until 31 October

    We had a few programs on for the Melbourne Fringe Festival this year, but our Contemporary Gallery’s inaugural exhibition 蝕-nibble, erosion, eclipse undeniably stole the show. It not only opened to a sizeable crowd on its opening night, but also had a largely successful run throughout the festival. So much so that it was nominated for the Fringe Visual Art Award. We’re pleased to announce that the show will go on – at least, until October 31. Produced by the Chinese Museum, 蝕 is the result of three artists’ exploration of just one Chinese character – 蝕 (Shí) – and the meanings, feelings and phenomenon behind it. What is usually used in reference to an eclipse, or erosion, becomes something more intangible, speaking to the realm of dreams, memories, journeys, and desire. The three artists Read More