‘Chinoiserie’, the Western appropriation of Asian aesthetics, briefly represented the height of fashion for European aristocracy during the early eighteenth century, before falling out of favour and being variously characterised as effeminate, immoral and transgressive.

Today the style remains something of a guilty pleasure, via its undeniable aesthetic charm, but intensely problematic and kitsch appropriation of Asian culture.

Conceived and curated by Andrew Nicholls, A Gentle Misinterpretation: Australian Artists and Chinoiserie features new works by thirteen Australian artists investigating this fascinating legacy.

A Gentle Misinterpretation will transform FAC’s gallery spaces into an opulent, sensual and comedic exploration of one of Western culture’s most fascinating aesthetic curiosities.



Andrew Nicholls

Artworks for Sale

Works in A Gentle Misinterpretation are for sale.

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Artist Talk

Details coming soon

Curator Tour

Free tours, registrations essential. Visit the event pages, linked above, to secure your place.

Tactile Tour

Bookings essential, please email [email protected]

Quiet Hour

The hour between 9–10am is quiet hour, and available on request. Individuals, groups and families with special needs wanting to experience our exhibitions in a more relaxed, unhurried environment can request access to the galleries before they open to the public. Please contact [email protected] or phone 08 9432 9555 for more information.


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This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body