The Arrival is the first exhibition in Asia of Australian illustrator, author, and filmmaker Shaun Tan, exhibiting a selection of more than 30 works of original drawings and digital prints from his internationally acclaimed wordless graphic novel The Arrival. It tells a moving story of migration, exploration, and acceptance—yet without using any words. Through Tan’s powerful imagery of a fantastic alternative universe, we receive an important message about human belonging and human transformation.
Shaun Tan is an Australian illustrator, author, and filmmaker. His illustrated books The Rabbits, The Red Tree, Tales from Outer Suburbia, Rules of Summer, and the acclaimed wordless novel The Arrival have been widely translated and awarded. For his contribution to children’s literature, Tan received the 2011 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, the biggest international prize in children’s literature. The Lost Thing, an animated film adaptation of his graphic novel, which he directed, won Tan the Oscar for best animated short at the 2011 Academy Awards.