Treasure Ships: Art in the Age of Spices

An exhibition of exotic art produced for global markets from the 1500s to early 1800s highlights WA’s place in world exploration and trade during the ‘Age of Spices’.

A collaboration between the Art Gallery of Western Australia (AGWA) and the Art Gallery of South Australia (AGSA) sees the spectacular Treasure Ships: Art in the Age of Spices sail in to Perth between 10 October 2015 – 31 January 2016.

Presenting the stories of the spice markets, slave trade, shipwrecks, the beauty of Chinese porcelain and vibrant Indian textiles created for export around the world, Treasure Ships showcases the rich transfer of culture and art that was integral to the political, economic and religious motivations for exploration.

“Although historical in context, the themes of cultural exchange through trade between the East and West has never been more current,” says AGWA director Steven Carboni. “This exhibition magnificently showcases the creative dividends of the original information super highway – the ocean – and surely it sets the bar very high for today’s international artists.”

Over 250 rarely-seen examples of ceramics, decorative arts, furniture, maps, metalware, paintings, prints and textiles from public and private collections in Australia, India, Portugal, Singapore and the United States are on show, as well as shipwreck artefacts retrieved from the Batavia and the Gilt Dragon, which sank off the WA coast in the seventeenth century.

Tickets are on sale at treasureships.com.au, through Ticketek outlets, and at the Art Gallery of WA ticketing desk.
Ticket buyers will go into a draw to win a family trip for four to Singapore.

 

Art Gallery of Western Australia
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