an4aa curatorial series 2022

an4aa curatorial series 2022

Min-Jung Kim

on Five Hundred Arhats of Changnyeongsa Temple at the Powerhouse Museum held 02.12.2021-15.05.2022 at the Powerhouse Museum

Friday, 13 MAY 2022, 1.00–2.00pm (AEST)

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About the Speaker

Min-Jung Kim is Curator of Asian Arts and Design at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney, Australia. Born and trained in South Korea, she is particularly interested in cross-cultural interpretation of museum collections and was the winner of the 2012 ICOM Australia Award for International Relations. She has published and lectured widely on Korean textiles, ceramics and metalworks, and Japanese fashion including edited book, Spirit of Jang-in: Treasures of Korean Metal Craft. Selected exhibitions she worked include Rapt in Colour (1998), Earth, Spirit, Fire (2000), Spirit of jang-in (2011), Japanese folds (2015) and Reflections of Asia (2018). Currently, She is working on a Chinese toggles exhibition and publication which will be a collaborative project between the Powerhouse Museum and Chau Chak Wing Museum, University of Sydney.

About the Exhibition 

The Five Hundred Arhats were discovered in 2001–02 among the ruins of the Changnyeongsa temple in Yeongwol, Gangwon-do Province in South Korea and are believed to be around 800 years old.

 

This exhibition features one Buddha and 50 arhat statues with lifelike expressions, from joy and serenity to anger and sorrow: the gamut of human emotion. Incorporated into an installation created by artist Kim Seung Young made up of more than 1000 audio speakers the exhibition suggests the arhats are meditating in an attitude of intimate, reclusive poise amidst a cacophony that evokes the distracting bustle of urban life.

 

Produced in collaboration with the Chuncheon National Museum of Korea the exhibition serves as a poignant reminder that each of us is a noble being with the potential to attain enlightenment.

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IMAGE: Exhibition view of Five Hundred Arhat of Changnyeongsa Temple, Powerhouse Museum, Photo by Zan Wimberley 

Min-Jung Kim

on Five Hundred Arhats of Changnyeongsa Temple at the Powerhouse Museum held 02.12.2021-15.05.2022 at the Powerhouse Museum

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Yin Cao

on The Way We Eat held 21.03.2021-22.06.2022 at the Art Gallery of NSW

Friday, 6 MAY 2022, 1.00–2.00pm (AEST)

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About the Speaker

Yin Cao has been the Curator of Chinese Art at AGNSW since August 2011. Prior to that she was the Deputy Director at the Arthur M. Sackler Museum of Art and Archaeology at Peking University, Beijing, China, and a researcher at the University Museum of the National University of Singapore. Trained as an archaeologist at Peking University and Harvard University, she has participated several archaeological excavations both in China and Israel. She received museum management training at the Smithsonian Institution and the Freer/Sackler Gallery in Washington, DC.  She has curated several exhibitions including: the inaugural exhibition at the Arthur M. Sackler Museum of Art and Archaeology at Peking University (1993); “A Silk Road Saga-the sarcophagus of Yu Hong” (2013), and “Tang: treasures from the Silk Road capital” (2016, “Heaven and earth in Chinese art: treasures from the National Palace Museum, Taipei” (2019), and “The way we eat” (2021). She has edited and written catalogues for these exhibitions. She is on the Board of the Museum of Chinese in Australia.

About the Exhibition 

The Way We Eat brings together works of art related to food – that ancient source of inspiration, pleasure and anxiety. Historical treasures and dramatic contemporary artworks in a range of media are displayed under four themes: ‘Essential’, ‘Exchange’, ‘Excess’ and ‘Enchanted’. These themes consider how food is made, stored and consumed; the evolution of culinary wares; cultural exchange; and the ritual and symbolic meanings of food.

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IMAGE: Installation view The Way We Eat  Photograph: Yin Cao