To the regional museum, Asia no longer means dusty silk paintings and origami workshops. This month Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery opens Parallel Realities: Asian Art Now. The exhibition is imported from the Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, in Japan, which has been breaking away from Tokyo since the late Seventies to present a dazzling variety of contemporary art from across Asia.
Rebecca Hill, keeper of arts at Blackburn, is supervising installation of each work. The exhibition will feature hi-tech film, performance, painting and sculpture from more than 50 artists, from countries "in very different stages of industrialisation". show the diverse practice
It is hoped such variety will make the exhibition a hit with newcomers and traditional art-goers alike.
The collection is breaching the walls of the art gallery, extending to six venues in total, including Blackburn Rovers Football Club, Blackburn Cathedral, BBC Radio Lancashire and even an abandoned shopping unit in the town centre. …