Here Lives Our Culture explores cultural materials drawn from more than 20,000 items in the University of Melbourne’s Rare East Asian Collection. To reflect the experience of a traditional Chinese library, the exhibition is organised around the four-category system used in ancient China: Classics, History, Masters, and Literature. China has an extensive history of collecting and classifying books, and libraries have long sat at the heart of its cultural knowledge production. Inspired by the Analects of Confucius and encompassing materials from the seventeenth to the twentieth century, Here Lives Our Culture invites you to learn, share and connect through our collections at the Baillieu Library.
Guide to the Exhibition
Explore exhibition themes and extended label text, read curator Xiaoju Liu’s exhibition guide and learn more about the historical, literary and cultural links shared by the rare objects in the exhibition – both Chinese and Japanese – from the University of Melbourne’s Rare East Asian Collection.
Engage with the exhibition through our series of fun and interactive programs across the campus celebrating East Asian art and culture.
Explore the exhibition online through our gallery of installation photographs.