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A major exhibition dedicated to the scientific genius of Leonardo da Vinci opened recently in Rome. It is part of the festivities to mark the 500th anniversary of the death of the artist and inventor. The show at the Scuderie del Quirinale palace, entitled La Scienza Prima Della Scienza (the science before science), traces the technological
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Can robots be creative? British gallery owner Aidan Meller hopes to go some way towards answering that question with Ai-Da, who her makers say will be able to draw people from sight with a pencil in her bionic hand. Meller is overseeing the final stages of her construction by engineers at Cornwall-based Engineered Arts. He
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The Design Museum in London has launched an exhibition examining the role of monuments and memorials in the 21st century, and it features seven projects by the British-Ghanaian architect David Adjaye, including a glimpse of some that have yet to be built. The exhibition called Making Memory sets out to show that contemporary monuments are no
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A trove of art collected by British pop singer George Michael before his death in 2016 is going up for auction in London. Auction house Christie’s is selling the star’s collection, including pieces by Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin and Sarah Lucas – members of the “Young British Artists” generation who, like Michael, shook up Britain’s
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Hundreds of events across Germany this year will celebrate the 100th birthday of the Bauhaus movement, whose ”form follows function” aesthetic spread around the world, shaping modern architecture and design. From New York’s Seagram Building to Tel Aviv’s White City, the clean, simple lines of Bauhaus became an integral part of the template of contemporary
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Bernardo de la Cruz casts his eyes around the nearly silent workshop where he used to toil overtime hand-painting custom decor on jeepneys, the singularly Philippine minibuses facing the scrapheap. These rolling art galleries adorned with images of everything from Batman to babies, as well as disco lights and chrome wheels, have for decades provided
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Egyptian artist Hassan el-Shark’s paintings of village life, created from the mud, grass and leaves he finds around him, are treasured in Egypt for keeping a traditional skill alive. He painstakingly crafts his own colours, applying them with tiny brushes to his intricate outlines of people and forms, which have found international acclaim. “The making
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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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