Ausin Tung Gallery is the latest art space to open its doors in Prahran. Architecturally, the space embraces the conventions of the white cube, but conceptually it’s an art space with a clear statement of purpose. Ausin Tung aims to display work of the highest calibre from all over the Asia Pacific region and exhibit them alongside local content. Gallery Manager Ry David Bradley believes this is the key to opening a cultural exchange within the area, hoping that “this decade is the first that Australian artists become internationally fluent”.
Provincialism has long been an issue within the schema of Australian art. While the internet and global communications have allowed for a more fluent exchange of international cultural content, Ausin Tung is seeking to further foster and extend this kind of equitable, borderless artistic relationship. In addition to the Melbourne space, the gallery is registered to operate within Hong Kong and Shanghai, two of Asia’s largest visual art hubs. The gallery operates in a transparent manner and several shows a year will be independently curated by academics, artists and cultural practitioners.
The space is currently showing High Definition, a critical survey of Australian painting in 2011 (previously at Paradise Hills gallery). The next exhibition will focus on the work of three contemporary Chinese artists based out of Shanghai in an attempt to provide a snapshot of the city’s contemporary culture. It’s a significant risk for a commercial gallery to embrace challenging international art so readily, and as Bradley purports, “Melbourne hasn’t seen anything like this.”
It’s refreshing to see a gallery so clearly attempting to break out of the local art scene and embrace our regional neighbours, and a great opportunity for Melbourne see work that might otherwise not make it to our shores.
Ausin Tung Gallery
164 High Street Prahran