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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.