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The powerful traditions in Asian art have many talented contemporary exponents, inheritors of the great wealth of history of their particular culture. Contemporary Asian artists extend these traditions, subvert them or align themselves with global modernity. Such diverse approaches result in a lively range of expressions about being Asian in the 21st century.

There are over 500 works in the Asian collection that we categorise as contemporary (produced after 1960), ranging from traditional forms to new media. These come from many countries and include the work of Zhang Xiaogang and Yin Xiuzhen from China, Miyajima Tatsuo and Suda Yoshihiro from Japan, Montien Boonma from Thailand, Indian-born Anish Kapoor and Korean-born Nam June Paik as well as Australian-Chinese artists such as Guan Wei and Liu Xiaoxian. Strengths include a large number of Japanese prints and a varied selection of Japanese ceramics and Chinese woodblock prints.

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