…in one drop of water are found the secrets of all the endless oceans
― Kahlil Gibran
Drawing on rich and diverse works from the Gallery collection, this exhibition explores the poetic, symbolic and social significance of water in Asian art.
The art of tea, the mixing of ink for calligraphy, the dyeing of cloth and the creation of porcelain are all dependent on water.
From ancient maritime trade routes to the sacred river Ganges and the filthy waters from which the pure lotus blossoms, to the contemporary world where rivers and streams are threatened with pollution and people move in vast numbers across the oceans – water is vital to us all.