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June 2015

The Flowering of a Golden Age: The Dutch Republic, Tulips and Art

20 June, 2015 @ 2:00 am - 3:00 pm
Radford Auditorium (AGSA),
North Terrace
Adelaide, South Australia 5000 Australia
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Cost: Free with exhibition ticket

The tremendous flowering of Dutch art and culture during the 17th century was a result of mercantile expansion in Asia and the rise of Amsterdam as the premier European entreport of the spice trade. As a result ‘exotic’ flora and fauna caught the inquisitive eyes of botanists, merchants and artists. Introduced from the Ottoman Empire, tulips and tulip bulbs attained such high status among Dutch elite during the ‘tulip mania’ of 1634–1637 that they were considered too valuable to plant.…

Speakers:Rusty Kelty (Assistant Curator of Asian Art, co-curator of Treasure Ships: Art in the Age of Spices)

Shipwrecks of the Roaring Forties

27 June, 2015 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Radford Auditorium (AGSA),
North Terrace
Adelaide, South Australia 5000 Australia
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Cost: Free with exhibition ticket

Since the 1970s the Western Australian Museum has pioneered underwater archaeological excavations centred on shipwrecked Dutch United East India (Vereenigde Oostindishe Compagnie or VOC) vessels that passed through the Indian Ocean. Forty years on, the shipwrecks, associated terrestrial sites and artefact collections continue to be examined using new methodologies and technologies. This lecture presents an overview of the research undertaken on these internationally significant sites, with specific focus on archaeological approaches of the last decade.

Speakers:Corioli Souter (Curator for Department of Maritime Archaeology and New Museum Project)

July 2015

The Dutch VOC and Japan

4 July, 2015 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Radford Auditorium (AGSA),
North Terrace
Adelaide, South Australia 5000 Australia
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Cost: Free with exhibition ticket

From 1641, the Dutch were the only Europeans allowed to conduct trade in Japan from the small artificial island of Dejima located in Nagasaki. The importation of Dutch works of art, particularly ceramics, glass, paintings and engravings had a profound impact on Japanese artists in the 17th–19th centuries as they integrated elements such as one point perspective and the evocative designs and colours of Delftware into their own aesthetic. Dr Oka Yasumasa is one of the foremost experts on the…

Speakers:Dr Oka Yasumasa, (current Chief Curator, Kobe City Museum and current Director of the Kobe City Koiso Memorial Museum of Art and Kobe Artists Museum)

The Bloody Proceedings Against the English Merchants Executed at Ambyona: Murder, Torture and the Race for Spices

4 July, 2015 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Radford Auditorium (AGSA),
North Terrace
Adelaide, South Australia 5000 Australia
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Cost: Free with exhibition ticket

In the first decades of the 17th century, the Dutch and English East India Companies engaged in a ferocious competition over the trade in precious spices. Their rivalry centered especially on the Banda archipelago, which produced the bulk of the world’s supply of nutmeg, and Amboyna, an important clove-producing island in modern day Indonesia. This talk explores the race for spices, the bitter rivalry between the two East India Companies and the bloody events at Amboyna.

Speakers:Dr Adam Clulow, Senior Lecturer, Australian Research Council Early Career Fellow History Editor, Japanese Studies

From Voyaging and Trading to Converting and Conquering: Portuguese and Spaniards in Maritime Asia, C. 1500–1640

11 July, 2015 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Radford Auditorium (AGSA),
North Terrace
Adelaide, South Australia 5000 Australia
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Cost: Free with exhibition ticket

Portugal’s Carreira da Índia and Spain’s Carrera de Las Filipinas, linked like umbilical cords, the two Iberian mother countries to their respective Asian empires, making possible an extraordinarily rich and exotic commercial interaction. This has in turn facilitated a long campaign for religious conversion and some astonishingly ambitious schemes of territorial conquest. How the interlinked themes of voyaging, trading, converting and conquering run through the Treasure Ships exhibition is discussed in this lecture.

Speakers:Dr Anthony R Disney

Interwoven Stories: Persian book arts in the age of spices

18 July, 2015 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Radford Auditorium (AGSA),
North Terrace
Adelaide, South Australia 5000 Australia
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Between the mid-15th century and the end of the 17th century, new maritime trade routes opened up between Europe and Asia in response to the Ottoman capture of Constantinople/Istanbul in 1453 and the subsequent end of Venetian control over European trade with the Middle East and beyond. Merchants from the Islamic world became key figures in the global trading community and in the ensuing exchange of cultural ideas and art objects. Luxuriously illustrated manuscripts describing epic histories and romances were…

Speakers:Dr Susan Scollay (Independent art historian, curator specialising in the arts and culture of the Islamic world and in historic textiles)

The View from the Shore: Southeast Asian Pesisir courts in the age of spices

25 July, 2015 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Radford Auditorium (AGSA),
North Terrace
Adelaide, South Australia 5000 Australia
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Cost: Free with exhibition ticket

European incursions into Southeast Asia occurred during a period of extraordinary cultural efflorescence in the archipelago’s sultanates, that became known as the era of the pesisir or ‘coastline’. At this time, the great port emporiums such as Banten, Melaka and Aceh became international centres of cultural exchange and artistic activity whose wealth and sophistication astonished the European newcomers. This talk will examine the rise of the Islamic pesisir courts, their eventual demise under Western colonialism, and the lasting heritage of…

Speakers:James Bennett (Curator of Asian Art, co-curator of Treasure Ships: Art in the Age of Spices)

August 2015

Trade supremacy in the East Indies

8 August, 2015 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Radford Auditorium (AGSA),
North Terrace
Adelaide, South Australia 5000 Australia
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Cost: Free with exhibition ticket

After Vasco da Gama rounded the Cape of Good Hope in 1497, the Portuguese dominated trading networks from Goa in India through to the Moluccas, Timor and as far north as China and Japan. In 1595 and 1601 respectively, the first Dutch and English trading expeditions appeared, setting the scene for a 200 year long struggle between the Portuguese Crown, The Dutch East Indies Company and the English East India company for trade supremacy in the Eastern Seas.

Speakers:Ian Burnet (Scholar)

Spices – The plants that changed the world

15 August, 2015 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Radford Auditorium (AGSA),
North Terrace
Adelaide, South Australia 5000 Australia
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Cost: Free with exhibition ticket

Ian ‘Herbie’ Hemphill, author of The Spice & Herb Bible 3rd Edition, shares his obsession with spices, nature’s key elements in an exotic world of flavours. Learn just what defines spices, their origins, and how they are processed and traded. Herbie will de-mystify their flavours, identify important quality indicators, explain optimum storage conditions, and debunk a few popular myths widely promulgated by the media and unscrupulous spice traders. A lecture ‘peppered’ with interesting anecdotes gathered on many trips to exotic…

Speakers:Ian Hemphill

Journey to Marege: The Story of Makssan-Indigenous Australian Contact in the Era Prior to European Colonisation

29 August, 2015 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Radford Auditorium (AGSA),
North Terrace
Adelaide, South Australia 5000 Australia
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Cost: Free with exhibition ticket

From as early as the 17th century until 1900, Makassan boats regularly visited the northern waters of Australia, known as Marege, to fish and exchange products with Indigenous communities. The visits of these Indonesian Muslims had a profound effect on the spiritual, cultural and artistic life of the Yolngu and other Indigenous people which continues until today. This talk will examine the history of these maritime contacts and the inspiration of Makassan culture documented in Indigenous Australian art and ceremonial…

Speakers:James Bennett (Curator of Asian Art, co-curator of Treasure Ships: Art in the Age of Spices)

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