Past Exhibitions and Events

Past Exhibitions & Events

  • Interior Journeys: Traditional Chinese Paintings

    Level 2, 18 May- 25 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 Read More

  • 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 Read More

  • The Unruly Art of Leo Tien

    30 Nov 2016 — 19 Mar 2017 A deceptively simple painting, titled Happy New Year Family, shows members of a Chinese family staring directly out of the frame — but upon closer inspection, the portrait is really an indictment of racist attitudes. On the left side of the canvas, there is a small bleeding heart and a list of racist names: “Japs, reffos, wops and woks”; and on the right side, “Pommies, Yankees, Irish and Jews.”  The picture on the surface is tranquil and pleasant but the prejudice either experienced or witnessed was painful enough to express in the painting.  It’s Read More

  • Modern Folk Art: Peasant Paintings by Shao Qihua

      7 Nov – 21 Dec (Part 1) | 9 Jan – 19 Feb (Part 2) Jinshan Peasant Paintings, also known as “Farmer Painting”, began to attract international attention in the 1970s after artist Wu Tongzhang taught painting techniques to farmers in Jinshan – a district of Shanghai well-known for its agricultural products. Peasant paintings have a unique cultural significance due to the status of its painters: older female farmers in rural China who did not receive a ‘formal’ art education, but were otherwise skilled in folk arts that had been passed down for generations including paper cutting, paper folding, embroidery, Read More

  • Unbounded Space [當代●無界]

    15 – 20 Nov Hailing from Shanghai’s M50 contemporary art district, artist Wang Run-Yue and curator He Fei-Yue transform the abstract language of the personal into abstract objects that are tangible. Using a combination of acrylic paint and mixed media, Wang reconstructs familiar landscape scenes into something pertaining to his own artistic sensibility. Through conflicting colours and a highly textural aesthetic, audiences not only gain insight into the artist’s own changing emotional state during the creative process, but also a new and personal visual experience. The dialogue between the Wang and He aims to disrupt the relationship between the public and the personal, the ‘person’ and the ‘object’. Here, artist and audience, Read More

  • Fringe Festival Program: 蝕-nibble, erosion, eclipse

    15 September 2016 – 3 October 2016 31 October 2016 Three artists, Zheng Tian-Shu (China), Chen I-Yen (Taiwan) and Yang Yan (China), frame a scenario through works of painting, installation and video art. This contemporary art exhibition explores the nature of dream, memory, and desire; it pushes the boundary between illusion and reality, existence and absence, gain and loss. The exhibition explores the meanings, feelings, and phenomenon behind the Chinese character “蝕 (Shí)”. This complex symbol usually refers to eclipse, as well as erosion. It is a character of loss or disappearance. However, things do not just disappear; instead, they Read More

  • Ink Wash Painting and Life, Emotional Connections with Australia

    7 May – 12 May 2016 Mi Fengguang born October 1956 from Shengzhou, Zhejiang. Skills developed through self-study and learning from artists. He specialises in carving, sketch with brush, ink wash painting of figures and caricatures. His proficiency in clay figurine shaping enabled him to found a school ‘Zhejiang Clay Figurine Mi’. Member of the Chinese Folk Artists Association, Vice President of Zhejiang Folk Artists Association, Vice President of Zhejiang Caricaturists Association, Vice President of Shaoxing Artists Association, and the director of Zhejiang Clay Figurine Mi Research Institute. Real life figures are depicted by free-sketch with traditional ‘ink’. His figure Ink Wash Painting Read More

  • Jane Walker and Patrick Kan – Art Exhibition

    27 May – 6 June 2016 This is a joint exhibition of Jane Walker’s paintings of Vietnam and France, and Patrick Kan’s Chinese calligraphy and fine carvings. Jane Walker obtained a diploma of fine Art at RMIT in 1965. She has had an extensive career not only as a fine artist, but also as a children’s book illustrator and teacher of watercolour painting. She blends Chinese, Vietnamese and Japanese techniques to create land and sea scapes on rice paper. Patrick Kan is known for his murals, window art and wood carvings. His interest in art and nature were nurtured from Read More