Chinoiserie: Asia in Europe 1620-1840

August 28, 2009

Exhibition of Asian-inspired European works at the NGV.

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The National Gallery of Victoria presents a superb collection of Asian and European decorative art from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries in ‘Chinoiserie: Asia in Europe 1620–1840′.

The exhibition explores the European fascination with the Orient and features works in a range of media including ceramics, furniture, glass, textiles, painting, prints and drawings.

The term ‘chinoiserie’, coined in the nineteenth century, refers to a decorative style that has taken inspiration from Asian art but is ultimately a European vision of the orient. The works in the exhibition reflect the European fantasies of the civilisations of China, Japan and India.

*When* 9 October 2009 – 14 March 2010
*Where* NGV International, St Kilda Road, VIC
*Admission is free*
*Opening Times* 10am–5pm, closed Tuesdays

Image: Worcester Porcelain, Worcester. National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
The Colin Templeton Collection. Gift of Mrs Colin Templeton, 1942

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