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Upcoming Exhibition

Living Water: Journeying with inks

Living Water: Journeying in inks

1 November 2018- 11 January 2019

Water is the life blood of civilisations and an important element in many spiritual traditions all over the world. This exhibition draws on the ancient traditions of Chinese brush work, interpreted through the lens of European abstraction. The works embody Ella Whateley’s travel and learnings around the island of Taiwan.

Past Exhibitions

The Colours of Anthropology

The Colours of Anthropology: A Visual Anthropology Photography Exhibition

14 September- 12 October 2018

This year’s anthropology photography exhibition is an exploration of sensory ethnography with a particular focus on colour. It showcases the photographs of ANU anthropologists taken during their research “in the field” in various places around the world.


Newly discovered photographs of Beijing, 1900–1902

16 July- 30 August 2018

The photographs of Beijing in this exhibition were taken in 1901 and 1902 shortly after the end of the Boxer Uprising 義和團運動. They come from an album in the possession of Svetlana Paichadze, assistant professor at Hokkaido University. Although we cannot identify the photographer, it is very likely that the photographs were taken by representatives of the Russian legation in Beijing or someone from the military sent to China in 1900 to suppress the Uprising.


Telling Tales: A Look Inside the Asia Pacific Map Collection

30 January - 2 March 2018

Telling Tales celebrates the generous maps bequest by Emeritus Professor Clive Kessler. The exhibition draws a mix of stories from across the Asia-Pacific Map Collection’s unique holdings to offer a picture of the distinct way maps generate meaning in a variety of contexts and disciplines.

Third Line of Defence 2016

Silent Witnesses: An exhibition of sculptures by Martin Rowney

13 November 2017 - 19 January 2018

The exhibition features sculptural pieces created with original fittings from one of the University's most significant buildings. Early Bakelite switches and power points, Negretti & Zambra thermographs, pressure gauges, fans and bells were salvaged by ANU Heritage during the refurbishment of the John Curtin School of Medical Research.

Martin Rowney has repurposed these objects to reflect upon the dichotomy between the significant nature of the research undertaken at the John Curtin School, and the relatively ordinary nature of everyday objects that were silent witnesses to these important events.

Image: (Top, detail) Flying Machine / 飞行器, oil on canvas, 148x110cm, 1994; (botttom, detail) Uncertain Pleasure / 不确切的快感, six-channel video on twelve CRT monitors, 1996

Zhang Peili: from Painting to Video 张培力:从绘画到录像

27 August - 15 December 2016

Recognised as the father of Chinese video art, Zhang Peili established himself as an avant-garde painter in the mid-1980s, while experimenting with installation and other new media. In 1988, he became the first Chinese artist to seriously explore video as a medium, switching permanently from painting in 1994. This project presents one of his last paintings—recently gifted to the Centre on China in the World, newly restored and never before exhibited—alongside a selection of Zhang’s earliest, seminal video works.

Wei Leng Tay. Untitled, from the series 'The Other Shore/彼岸', Hong Kong, 2014-2015.

Wei Leng Tay—The Other Shore 鄭瑋玲—彼岸

31 March - 15 July 2016

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’. While often presented as a single group, the photographic portraits and interviews in ‘The Other Shore’ reveal individual lives, with diverse aspirations and attitudes towards Hong Kong. ‘The Other Shore’ asks how one’s sense of self is entwined with national identity, and how a host environment affects our outlook and everyday lives. Tay’s project also reflects on similar experiences of young educated Chinese elsewhere, negotiating a new place in the world.

Photographs of 1930s China by Stanley O Gregory

Photographs of 1930s China by Stanley O. Gregory 史丹利·奥·格雷戈里拍摄的30年代中国

14 January - 20 March 2016

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.

Between – Picturing 1950-1960s Taiwan

China & ANU – Diplomats, Adventurers, Scholars

29 May - 9 October 2015

Based on extensive original research, and featuring rare archival documents, photographs and films, 'China & ANU' introduces the diplomats, adventurers and scholars who forged a new relationship with China and our region as a vital part of Australia’s postwar reconstruction.

Between – Picturing 1950-1960s Taiwan

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

6 January - 3 April 2015

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

Beijing: Unfurling the Landscape

2 May 2014 - 29 August 2014

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.

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