Museums / Galleries

New Resource: Virtual Collection of Masterpieces


Details: 33 Asian and 38 European museums have contributed to gather together approximately 1400 masterpieces within the Virtual Collection of Masterpieces (VCM). The VCM is a Web-accessible selection of images and accompanying information on Asian masterpieces. It aims at promoting mutual understanding and appreciation between the peoples of Asia and Europe. This virtual collection is a considerable research tool for anyone interested in Asian art and cultural history.

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston: Art of India Gallery

Dates: opened 16 May 2009

Venue: The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1001 Bissonnet Street, Houston, TX 77005, 713.639.7300 


Details:The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston’s collection of Indian art, which ranges across media and over two millennia, will have a permanent home at the museum beginning Saturday, May 16. The new Nidhika and Pershant Mehta Arts of India gallery will be the only space in Houston devoted to Indian arts and culture, and is the third in a series of five permanent Arts of Asia galleries planned for the museum and located in an Arts of Asia wing now in development on the first floor of the Caroline Wiess Law Building. 

New Department of Indo-Pacific Art, Yale University Art Gallery

Location: Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT


Ruth Barnes, currently textile curator at Ashmolean Museum,
is to be first Thomas Jaffe Curator of Indo-Pacific Art,
overseeing initial collection of more than 1,500 objects

On-line: Sita Sings the Blues by Nina Paley


Details: Directed, written, produced, designed and animated by Nina Paley; 82 minutes Animation
Synopsis: Sita is a goddess separated from her beloved Lord and husband Rama. Nina is an animator whose husband moves to India, then dumps her by email. Three hilarious shadow puppets narrate both ancient tragedy and modern comedy in this beautifully animated interpretation of the Indian epic Ramayana. Set to the 1920's jazz vocals of Annette Hanshaw, Sita Sings the Blues earns its tagline as "the Greatest Break-Up Story Ever Told."

National Gallery of Australia: Picture Paradise

Picture Paradise - Asia-Pacific photography 1840s-1940s 

Dates: through 9 November, 2008 and on-line

Venue: National Gallery of Australia, Canberra


Details: This is the first exhibition to survey the history of photography of our region - from India and Sri Lanka, Southeast and East Asia, Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands to the west coast of North America. It features pioneer local photographers as well as Europeans working in the region. The exhibition reveals the rich heritage and the many outstanding achievements of the first century of photography in the Asia-Pacific region.

SAVAC: Big Stories, Little India (Toronto, on-line)


Details: Big Stories, Little India is a multidisciplinary art and audio project that is situated in Toronto’s Gerrard Street India Bazaar. Initiated by SAVAC (South Asian Visual Arts Centre) and [murmur], this project engages aspects of oral history alongside the process of art making. Through this collaboration, both SAVAC and [murmur] hope to highlight the otherwise absent histories from the Gerrard Street India Bazaar and to connect people to the stories and places they inhabit.

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