Treasure Ships: Art in the Age of Spices

Sat. 13 Jun, 2015 at 10:00am - Sun. 30 Aug, 2015 at 5:00pm ACST
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A highlight for the Art Gallery of South Australia in June will be the much anticipated Treasure Ships: Art in the Age of Spices which is the first exhibition in Australia to present the complex artistic and cultural interactions between Europe and Asia from the sixteenth to the nineteenth centuries - a period known as the Age of Spices.


This exhibition includes 300 outstanding and rarely-seen works of ceramics, decorative arts, furniture, metalware, paintings, prints and textiles from public and private collections in Australia, India, Portugal, Singapore and the United States.


The works of art selected reveal how the international trade in spices and other exotic commodities inspired dialogue between Asian and European artists, a centuries old conversation whose heritage is the aesthetic globalism we know today.


A highlight of the exhibition will be a diverse range of Christian artwork created at ports such as Goa and Nagasaki on loan from Portugal and India as well as the inclusion of two works from the personal collection of Queen Adelaide (1792-1849) after whom the city of Adelaide is named. Another highlight will be artefacts retrieved from the Batavia, which sank off the Western Australian coast in the seventeenth century.


This exhibition is presented in collaboration with the Art Gallery of Western Australia.

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Art Gallery of South Australia Art Gallery of South Australia, North Terrace
Adelaide, SA 5000
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