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.