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American actress Lucy Liu collects trash. Twisted bits of wire, crushed soda cans, rusty keys – at some point, she has picked them off the street with her bare hands and put them in her purse. It has got to the point where she goes to work and people automatically hand her a Ziploc bag
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For culture vultures, 2019 will hold a dazzling array of museum exhibitions. From London to Los Angeles and Brooklyn to Basel, there are thoughtful, sweeping, and often provocative shows to look forward to. Here, in chronological order, are some of the most exciting. Tintoretto: Artist of Renaissance Venice at the National Gallery of Art, Washington,
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As you walk into Kuala Lumpur’s Sutra Gallery, you can practically feel a certain warmth and charm flowing in the room. Visual artist Sivarajah Natarajan’s latest solo exhibition Atma seems to get the most out of this gallery space. Each of his mixed-media works, meticulously detailed and composed, exude strong and personable characteristics. In this
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Mention “Polaroid” and most people will think of the retro, palm-sized instant prints often stuck on refrigerators or posted in scrapbooks. Not many will associate it with artwork – much less the sort of art you might hang in a gallery. But Cuba-born artist Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons’ installation, The One Who Opens The Path (1997),
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Five local arts practitioners were awarded a total of RM33,000 in grants on Dec 10 through the Krishen Jit-Astro Fund. First established in 2006, the fund was inspired by the late Malaysian theatre legend Datuk Krishen Jit, and aims to assist grantees in achieving their artistic ambitions. It is an initiative of Astro and the
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The Kaka Arts Market will once again be throwing its doors open this weekend at KongsiKL, Jalan Klang Lama in Kuala Lumpur. The arts market, organised by Inxo Arts and Culture Foundation, in collaboration with KongsiKL and Inxo Arts Fund Programme, will feature three segments: the art market proper where 30 artists and collectives will
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Malaysian artist-architect Red Hong Yi is set to turn heads once again – without a paint brush. Hers has been an artful career filled with unconventional installations and murals using found objects. From teabags and leaves, food dye, coffee stains, sunflower seeds, glass, melted candles, chopsticks, ink cartridge and printer paper, she has dazzled with
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The Louvre museum in Paris has announced it will open its doors for free one Saturday night a month to attract younger, less wealthy visitors. Home to the Mona Lisa and the Venus de Milo, the world’s most-visited museum previously opened for six free Sundays a year, but a statement published on Wednesday said this
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A nearly 1,000-year-old ink painting by Su Shi, one of China’s greatest literati masters, has proven a huge draw, fetching US$59.5 million (RM252mil) at auction. Auction house Christie’s in Hong Kong had described the Song dynasty artwork as “one of the world’s rarest Chinese paintings”. Entitled Wood And Rock, the ink-on-paper hand scroll depicts a
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The only colour in Yim Yen Sum’s first solo exhibition in Malaysia is black. Its a series where architecture, buildings, and structures intersect in fine needlework on gauze. The Further You Stand, The Clearer You See show at Wei-Ling Contemporary in Kuala Lumpur is history merged and mixed, a montage of historical buildings and memories
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Vienna’s art history museum has launched an exhibition co-curated by filmmaker Wes Anderson and his wife, the writer and illustrator Juman Malouf, in which they offer a personal selection of the museum’s treasures. The staff of curators and conservators at the Kunsthistorisches Museum assisted Anderson and Malouf in assembling the show’s more than 400 objects
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From a battered armchair in a hut tucked away in the English countryside, author Roald Dahl dreamed up worlds that have enchanted youngsters across the globe. Stuffed with hundreds of weird and wonderful mementos, the garden hut was where the children’s novelist wrote his fantastical tales. A museum including a recreation of the hut, in
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A turbulent global political environment has helped inspire the finalists in this year’s Turner Prize for contemporary art, which includes only video submissions for the first time. The works now showing at the Tate Britain gallery in London tackle themes such as immigration, racism and queer identity and are set in locations as varied as
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Cuban artist Tania Bruguera recently unveiled an installation on the theme of migration in which viewers use their body heat to make a portrait of a young Syrian refugee appear on the floor. She is the latest international artist commissioned to exhibit in the Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall in London, a vast space in the
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Illuminated under a spotlight at London’s British Museum, hand-drawn sketches of Hong Kong’s 2014 Umbrella Movement are part of a new exhibition on dissent that offers a rare glimpse of the artworks produced during the pro-democracy rallies. The months-long demonstrations, which kicked off on Sept 28 four years ago, brought parts of the city to
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There is a certain bleak and dark atmosphere at Wei-Ling Contemporary’s latest exhibition. The long blackout curtains and a floor-to-ceiling’s worth of exhibits – an array of badly bruised, bloodied and battered portraits – only add to the overwhelming sense of grimness. This is no ordinary exhibit. This is Indonesian artist and activist Dadang Christanto’s
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Those who commute regularly on the MRT in the Klang Valley might know Muzium Negara better these days as one of the stops along the rail line. Once you alight from the train, though, you will find the charming museum building just a few steps away. Its role as a custodian of the country’s history
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