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Past exhibitions


Oil and water: being Han in Xinjiang

This exhibition is part of a research project, including a book published in June 2016 by the University of Chicago press, into the experiences of Han people in Xinjiang, China. Most Han in Xinjiang have settled—or been settled by state decree— in the region since the Chinese Communist Party won the Civil War and took control of China in 1949.

A laid off “third front” factory worker from the exhibition

Wei Leng Tay—The Other Shore 鄭瑋玲—彼岸

Young Mainland Chinese are moving to Hong Kong from all over China, leaving their homes because of family interests or in search of better education and career prospects. Such migrants fi­nd themselves in majority Chinese yet increasingly tense environments, often confronting entrenched ideas regarding ‘Mainlanders’.


Photographs of 1930s China by Stanley O. Gregory

To coincide with the exhibition Celestial Empire at the National Library of Australia, the Australian Centre on China in the World (ANU) presents a selection of rarely seen photographs of 1930s China taken by Stanley O. Gregory, printed in large-format for the first time, from the original negatives now in the NLA collection.

Fisherman on punt

Celestial Empire: Life in China, 1644-1911

This exhibition brings together material from the National Library of Australia (NLA) and the National Library of China to provide a window into the diversity of life under the Qing dynasty (1644-1911), China's last imperial dynasty. The exhibition will be the largest that the National Library of China has ever mounted overseas.

Celestial Empire poster

Ink Remix: contemporary art from Mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong

Contemporary ink art has emerged as one of the most important artistic trends in recent years in mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong. It has attracted significant attention internationally, and this is the first exhibition presented in Australia to respond to developments in ink art from across this region.

Yao Jui-chung

China & ANU — Diplomats, adventurers, scholars

The Pacific War and its aftermath radically transformed Australian perceptions of what was then called 'the Near North' (Asia). Many recognised that in the postwar world Australia’s strategic interests and economic fortunes called for a new understanding of Asia and the Pacific. China loomed large in these calculations.

Moon Gate

Between – Picturing 1950-1960s Taiwan 間:臺灣五六十年代面影

Politics has had complex effects on the cultural life of Taiwan in the twentieth century. These forty-four works, curated from the collection of the National Museum of History (Taipei), offer subtle observations of Taiwan in the 1950s and 1960s, from the perspectives of fifteen artists and photographers, as fresh and curious witnesses to lives in flux.

 Between – Picturing 1950-1960s Taiwan poster

Beijing: Unfurling the Landscape

In her thirty years of work in China, photographer Lois Conner's vision and creative method bring to sites both modern and ancient the sense of an eternity captured in a moment. Her work illuminates a Chinese world in which the living past pulses through a vibrant contemporary reality.

Lois Conner


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