Art Gallery of NSW

Meiji to Murakami: Japanese art at the Art Gallery of NSW, 1879 to now

Art & Culture

Before it even had a building, the Art Gallery of New South Wales had a collection of Japanese art. In 1879, following the Sydney International Exhibition of the same year, the Japanese Commissioners for the exhibition donated a group of then contemporary Meiji ceramics and bronzes to the Gallery.

The Japanese collection now ranges from historical sculptures and folding screens to modern ceramics and prints, as well as contemporary art.

In 2019 the Gallery commissioned both Tokyo-based Takashi Murakami and Sydney’s own Kentaro Yoshida to create new works for the exhibition ‘Japan supernatural’.

A second Gallery building, designed by internationally renowned Japanese architecture firm SANAA, is currently being constructed and will open in 2022.

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