Highlights from the historical Asian collection include a range of ceramics, textiles, furniture, photographs and works on paper
Historical Asian art to early modern | Philip Bacon Galleries (Gallery 7), QAG
In the Historical Asian gallery, the collection of Neolithic ware from Japan and China and folding screens on permanent display will be augmented by a focused selection of ceramics from China, Japan and Korea. Satsuma and imari porcelain wares produced for the European export market sit alongside a discrete group of cloisonné and lacquerware which represent a lineage of cultural exchange between Japan and China. The theme of cultural exchange and interaction is further considered through a suite of ukiyo-e prints from Meiji-period Japan and new acquisitions that consider the emergence and influence of photography in Japan during the Meiji period (1868-1912). A developing collection focus which considers the British colonial period in Asia is represented by a carved teak screen, Company school painting, and photography from Ceylon, India and Burma from late nineteenth century. This new direction provides opportunities to explore key themes and influences in the arts of Asia while drawing attention to the intersecting cultural histories in the region.
Empire and image | Philip Bacon Galleries (Gallery 8), QAG
A display of collection works and objects that address the influences and exchanges flowing between Britain, Europe and ‘the East’ during the colonial period, including ceramics, textiles, furniture, photography and works on paper.