Asian Galleries Display

Galleries 17, 19, 20 and 21

The Asian Art galleries present a new and exciting view of the Art Gallery of South Australia’s collections and testify to its growing reputation as one of the leading collections of Asian art in Australia. Even the regular visitor to the Art Gallery is certain to be astonished by the range of works of art from the permanent Asian collection, first established just over one hundred years ago.

Art Exhibition previously on at Art Gallery of South Australia in Adelaide precinct, South Australia, Australia.
From Tuesday 01 May 2007 to Friday 01 January 2010

Published by Art Gallery of South Australia on Thursday 08 May 2008.
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The conversion of gallery 17 into the new South Asia display ensures that the Indian sculpture can now be viewed as a visual unity, documenting more than one thousand years of aesthetic practice. As well as familiar iconic images, such as Siva nataraja, the display features the newly installed late nineteenth-century Chettinad door and Pair of temple pillars as reminders of the architectural context of much Indian sculpture. Gallery 17, with the skylight providing natural illumination, is a very appropriate setting for the tenth-century Architectural relief depicting two celestial dancers. This stone relief, like the contemporary Celestial warrior displayed on the stairwell wall, originally ornamented a towering temple façade, its deeply carved forms being lit by sunlight.

Gallery 19 continues to be the only permanent dedicated space to Islamic art in an Australian public gallery and now features a collection of recently gifted Indian Mughal era silverware. Like the rest of the Asian collection, such magnificent acquisitions are only made possible through the generous and ongoing support of Art Gallery donors.