Interwoven Journeys: The Michael Abbott collection of Asian art
3 Dec 2022 – 2 Jul 2023
Galleries 19, 20, 21
This exhibition celebrates the many remarkable gifts to AGSA from South Australian barrister Michael Abbott, AO KC.
In Asia, Abbott developed a fascination for textiles — their materiality, meaning and capacity to carry rich cultural traditions. Interwoven Journeys invites visitors to experience the breadth of South Asian and South East Asian art and includes a focus on Balinese, Sumatran and Javanese textiles, including the oldest known complete Indonesian batik textile, exhibited for the first time.
The exhibition is complemented by a major publication that describes the way in which Abbott’s generosity has provided a point of convergence for scholars and curators around the world.