Museum of Brisbane’s fascinating new exhibition, Ink Remix: Contemporary art from mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong, applies a contemporary twist to traditional ink art.

Ink Remix features 35 contemporary works by 14 emerging and established artists from mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong.

Dr Sophie McIntyre, who is curating the exhibition and has more than 20 years experience in the field of Chinese art, says contemporary artists across the region are embracing and re-interpreting ink art.

“By using so many multimedia components, like film and animation, it opens up this genre of artwork to new perspectives and audiences,” Dr McIntyre says.

“There is huge interest from a variety of audiences; from art students to historians, Ink Remix is really an exhibition for everyone.”

Night of July

Image: PENG Wei, Night of July 7th, 2009, bust with rice paper, 65.5 x 33 x 19 cm. Courtesy of the artist and Tina Keng Gallery.

Museum of Brisbane will offer a variety of public programs during Ink Remix to pass on some of the traditional skills associated with ink art. There will be workshops looking at calligraphy, embroidery and meditation for adults, and kids can even get involved in a lantern making workshop during the school holidays!

Museum of Brisbane acting director Chris Salter says the exhibition reflects a goal to be a museum for all Brisbane residents.

Tang Dynasty Polo

Image: PENG Wei, Tang Dynasty Polo, 2011, Sergio Rossi boots and rice paper, 60 x 25 x 30 cm. Courtesy of the artist and Tina Keng Gallery.

“Our 2016 program has taken a more global view of the city and Ink Remix is a fascinating insight into the art forms of our neighbours,” he says.

“Brisbane has a large Chinese community and one of the largest Taiwanese communities in Australia, and we are excited to be able to present Ink Remix as a multilingual exhibition. Visitors will be able to explore the exhibition in English, as well as traditional and simplified Chinese.

“This is a beautiful contemporary exhibition, with pieces ranging from the political to the playful, drawing on traditional art forms and presenting them in a new way to different audiences.”

The works on display address historical themes, and the effects of modernisation, urbanisation and globalisation on their respective societies and cultures.

Good Things Come In Pairs

Image: PENG Wei, Good Things Come in Pairs – no. 5, 2011-2013, silk shoes with painted insoles, 24 x 17.5 x 5 cm. Courtesy of the artist and Tina Keng Gallery.

Ink Remix: Contemporary art from mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong, a Canberra Museum and Gallery touring exhibition, will be at Museum of Brisbane (Brisbane City Hall, 64 Adelaide St, Brisbane City) from 16 September 2016 to 19 February 2017. For more info, visit museumofbrisbane.com.au.