The Weekend Australian - Review - - Out & About - Rose­mary Neill

Art Gallery of NSW, Art Gallery Road, The Do­main. Daily, 10am5pm (un­til 10pm on Wed­nes­days). Ad­mis­sion free. In­quiries: 1800 679 278 or on­line. Un­til May 1. Richard Bell A sig­nif­i­cant solo ex­hi­bi­tion by the provoca­tive in­dige­nous Aus­tralian artist, cen­tred on three re­cent video projects. Bell is known for his works that con­front Aus­tralia’s race re­la­tions, or as Bell de­scribes his ob­jec­tives, “an ac­tivist mas­querad­ing as an artist”. Mur­ray Art Mu­seum Al­bury, 546 Dean Street, Al­bury. Ad­mis­sion free. In­quiries: (02) 6043 5800 or on­line. Un­til Jan­uary 24. Hor­ri­ble His­to­ries: Pi­rates The first Aus­tralian ex­hi­bi­tion based on the best­selling chil­dren’s history se­ries in­vites fam­i­lies to ex­pe­ri­ence life as a pi­rate: climb on board ships, de­sign flags, test their weaponry and in­dulge in pi­rate­s­peak. The ex­hi­bi­tion in­cludes more than 100 ob­jects from ship­wrecks in­clud­ing coins, can­non­balls, beads and a jug from the Batavia. Aus­tralian Na­tional Mar­itime Mu­seum, 2 Mur­ray Street, Sydney. Daily, 9.30am-5pm. Ad­mis­sion: $12-$20. Book­ings: (02) 9298 3777 or on­line. Ce­les­tial Em­pire: Life in China 1644-1911 To Western eyes, China’s cul­tural con­ti­nu­ity over the mil­len­nia is stag­ger­ing. Yet it would be a mis­take to see Chi­nese cul­ture as mono­lithic and un­chang­ing, says Nathan Wool­ley, China scholar and cu­ra­tor of Ce­les­tial Em­pire. This ex­hi­bi­tion, in part­ner­ship with the Na­tional Li­brary of China in Beijing, presents an ex­tra­or­di­nary ar­ray of il­lus­trated texts, pop­u­lar and of­fi­cial, from the Qing dy­nasty, the last to rule China. “All the dy­nas­ties would re­mould the Chi­nese past in their own way,” says Wool­ley. “That’s part of En­coun­ters The cul­mi­na­tion of a his­to­ry­mak­ing part­ner­ship be­tween the Na­tional Mu­seum of Aus­tralia and the Bri­tish Mu­seum, En­coun­ters will show­case more than 150 items from the BM’s Aus­tralian in­dige­nous col­lec­tion, as well as dozens of works by con­tem­po­rary in­dige­nous artists. Most of the BM ob­jects — in­clud­ing a shield col­lected at Botany Bay in 1770 — have not been ex­hib­ited in Aus­tralia since they were col­lected in the early days of set­tle­ment. Na­tional Mu­seum of Aus­tralia, Law­son Cres­cent, Ac­ton Penin­sula, Can­berra. Ad­mis­sion free. In­quiries: 1800 026 132 or on­line. Un­til March 28. Fam­ily Space: Amuse­ment Par­lour Free chil­dren’s ac­tiv­i­ties will take place over the school hol­i­days in­spired by the macabre por­traits and pho­to­graphs of Aus­tralian crim­i­nals in Sideshow Al­ley. Na­tional Por­trait Gallery, King Ed­ward Ter­race, Parkes. Opens to­day, 11am. Ad­mis­sion: free. In­quiries: (02) 6102 7000 or on­line. Un­til Jan­uary 24.

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