If you haven’t had a chance to see this exhibition, get in soon, it closes on 10 April, and only comes around once every three years. The Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art’s flagship exhibition focusses on the work of Asia, the Pacific and Australia. What a delight this exhibition is. Going to art galleries with children can be a recipe for disaster, but this is definitely the exception. My eight year old daughter absolutely loved the kids activities and was begging to stay longer. Montien Boonma’s work from Thailand was a highlight for me.
The National Gallery of Singapore
A newcomer on the scene in Singapore is the National Gallery. Opened in November 2015, the gallery is housed in the former Supreme Court and City Hall buildings. The gallery feels new, and hasn’t quite found it’s feet yet, but will get there. The Wu Guanzhong exhibition Beauty Beyond Form is breathtaking. Wu has an incredible range, with experience of European training in France in the 40’s paired with decades of Chinese calligraphy and traditional art. Wu said “I used eastern rhythms in the absorbtion of Western form and colour, like a snake swallowing an elephant. …To indigenise oil painting and to modernise Chinese painting in my view these are two sides of the same face”. A lot of Wu’s work was destroyed in China during the cultural revolution, and the gallery has benefited from a generous donation of this collection from his family as well as loans from major museums in China.
New Women, New Men New Economy by Narelle Hooper & Rodin Genoff with Susan Pettifer
This interesting new book is written by Narelle Hooper, former Editor in Chief of the Financial Review BOSS Magazine. It focuses on ‘How creativity, openness, diversity and equity are driving prosperity now’ and has a foreword by Elizabeth Broderick AO. It’s good to see the diversity conversation broadening to focus on the core principles of inclusion – the piece we know is critical to make diversity ‘work’.
As with so much of the diversity conversation in Australia, the gender focus is strong, and it would have been good to see a broader representation of diversity beyond that lens. While the specifics vary, the principles explored in the book would be equally relevant to organisations aiming to better engage with people with disability, diverse sexual orientation, and cultural backgrounds. The use of case studies and sharing of practical models makes the book a valuable resource.
Radio National have some great programs on what’s going on in the region and globally. A few recent favourites on Saturday Extra include: