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Our Asian galleries are spread over two floors. The upper gallery is housed within a white glass pavilion, inspired by the floating lanterns found throughout Asia; the lower one includes a fully operational Japanese tea room. Within them are displayed some of the finest moments in art in the rich history of Asia.

For many years, the Art Gallery of NSW has played a major role in furthering understanding and enjoyment of Asian art and culture, and we are now firmly placed as a leading centre for Asian art. The first works to enter the Gallery collection in 1879 were a large group of ceramics and bronzes – a gift from the Government of Japan following the Sydney International Exhibition that year. Today, our Asian collections are wide-ranging, embracing the countries and cultures of South, Southeast and East Asia.