NGA opens new Southeast Asian Gallery with
a masterpiece of 6th century Indonesian sculpture
25 October 2006
Mr Ron Radford, Director, National Gallery of Australia, and Mr Rupert Myer, Chairman, National Gallery of Australia Council today opened the new Southeast Asian Gallery with the unveiling of one of the earliest and finest ancestral sculptures found in our region.
The new major acquisition known as ‘The Bronze Weaver’ is a masterpiece of 6th-century Indonesian sculpture and is the most important Southeast Asian object in the National Gallery of Australia’s collection. Acquired for $4 million, it is perhaps the most important bronze ancestral sculpture from our region.
The sculpture of a woman feeding a young baby depicts an ancient but continuing tradition of textile weaving. Director Ron Radford says ‘The Bronze Weaver’ provides a valuable link to our large and important Southeast Asian textile collection – the richest and most diverse of its kind.’
The National Gallery of Australia has long made it a priority to collect Southeast Asian art, which was outlined in a policy for future acquisitions which was launched also by National Gallery Chairman, Rupert Myer.