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Art Gallery of SA – Treasure Ships
A mid-year highlight for the Art Gallery of South Australia is the much-anticipated Treasure Ships: Art in the Age of Spices. The first exhibition in Australia to present the complex artistic and cultural interactions between the East and the West from the 16th to the 19th 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 selected works of art reveal how the international trade in spices and other exotic commodities inspired dialogue between Asian and European artists, centuries-old conversations whose heritage is the aesthetic globalism we know today.