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OzAsia Art and Cultural Exhibitions

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Published September 28th 2013
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Paradise, Iran, OzAsia festival, textiles, Art. SA Art Gallery
Iran, The Yakob 'Polonaise' Carpet, c.162530, Isfahan region, silk pile with brocading in silver thread; Gift of Mr William Bowmore AO OBE through the Art Gallery of South Australia Foundation, image courtesy of Art Gallery of South Australia Website

Sadly, I have missed nearly everything that the OzAsia festival has had to offer, as I have just had too many other things to do. But there are a number of exhibitions that are still on show, such as My Beautiful Cha Chaan Teng, 'literal and poetic snapshots of a bygone Hong Kong' by Rick Martin in the Festival Theatre Foyer and Made in China, Australia, in the Artspace Gallery above the Festival Theatre, in which 16 artists show the Chinese Australian diaspora. Both these exhibitions are free and continue until October 20.

Hong Kong, photography, OzAsia Festival. Festival theatre
Photo by Rick Martin, courtesy of Festival Centre website

The Art Gallery of South Australia has two exhibitions that continue into 2014, Paradise on Earth, which is a collection of floral themes in textiles, paintings, ceramics and metalware from the Middle East, India and Indonesia, and Stairway to Heaven, which features Buddhist paintings and sculpture from Tibet and Nepal, as well as work by contemporary artists who attempt to blend Buddhist iconography with Western aesthetics . There is also a historical collection of photographs and drawings documenting life in the Himalayas, which until the late 20th century were still a tantalisingly remote and mysterious region.

Tibet, Buddhism, SA Art Gallery, Stairway to Heaven, OzAsia Festival,
Max Pam, Australia, born 1949, Tibetan nomads on the Chang Chu Thang, 1977, Tibet, sepia print, 20.0 x 20.2 cm (image), South Australian Government Grant 1979, Max Pam. Photography: Stewart Adams. Image courtesy of Art Gallery of SA website

A third exhibition at the Art Gallery that continues until December 1, Noble Shadows, explores the close parallels between the spiritual traditions of Indonesia and Indigenous Australia. The display features woodcarvings, ceramics, bark painting and textiles. Among the highlights is a collection of spectacular Borneo spirit masks and several extremely fragile eighteenth century Sumatran 'ship cloths'.

masks, Art Gallery of South Australia
Indonesia, Mask, 20th century, Kalimantan, wood, white, red and black trade paint, 29.5 x 34.0 x 12.5 cm; Gift of Peter Elliott through the Art Gallery of South Australia Foundation 2010. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program, image courtesy of Art Gallery of SA

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Why? Exhibitions on an Asian theme
Where: Adelaide festival Centre, Art Gallery of South Australia, Mercury cinema
Cost: Free exhibitions
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