VTS group work_2016

Treasures of Dai Gum San


Treasures of Dai Gum San

20 Aug 2022 – 19 Feb 2023

Chinese artistry from the Golden Dragon Museum 
Treasures of Dai Gum San showcases exquisite artistry across the renowned collection of Bendigo's Golden Dragon Museum , in metalwork, cloisonné, silk embroidery, paper craft, and ornamental wood and stone carving.

Focused on the refined craftsmanship of the late Qing dynasty (1644 -1911), a curated selection of treasured items highlight the technical rigour, rich symbolism and cultural significance of traditional Chinese art and design and its grounding in longstanding traditions of artistic expression, making and embellishment. Intricately hand-crafted, each item reveals an impressive mastery of materials, inviting close inspection and the appreciation of specialised artisanal skills honed over many lifetimes, passed on through generations and transported across the world.

From the 1870s, Bendigo's Chinese communities from the Pearl River Delta in Southern China participated in the annual Bendigo Easter Fair with theatrical displays of costumes, music, lion dances and the parading of remarkable Imperial dragons – the earliest of these items are now some of the oldest surviving examples in the world.

The Golden Dragon Museum was established in 1991 to house this world-renowned collection and since then has grown to become a living expression of the civic pride felt in the contribution of Chinese migrants and their descendants to Bendigo and Australia. Today, the Museum plays a significant role in the preservation and continuation of artistic traditions including the rich culture of Chinese fine art and design. 

This exhibition is curated by Bendigo Art Gallery in collaboration with Bendigo's Golden Dragon Museum and guest Research Curator Sophie Couchman.

Image: Set of chaps (detail)
Qing dynasty, late 19th century
silk, cotton, gold thread, hand-cut mirrors 
Bendigo Chinese Association Collection, Golden Dragon Museum    Set of chaps (detail), Qing dynasty, late 19th century, silk, cotton, gold thread, hand-cut mirrors. Bendigo Chinese Association Collection, Golden Dragon Museum

Gallery Details

Bendigo Art Gallery
42 View Street
Bendigo VIC 3550
T: 03 5434 6088
E: bendigoartgallery@bendigo.vic.gov.au
W: www.bendigoartgallery.com.au

Opening Hours
Monday – Sunday: 10am – 5pm
(except Christmas Day)
Tours of the permanent collection daily at 2pm
Entry by donation

Get Directions

Gallery Info

The Public Galleries Association of Victoria (PGAV) acknowledges the Wurundjeri Woi-Wurrung people of the Kulin Nation as the Traditional Owners of the lands where our office is located, and all Traditional Owners of country throughout Victoria and Australia. We recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples enduring traditions and continuing creative cultures. We pay our respect to Elders past, present and emerging.