Arts

There is a violinist, a farmer tilling his field, and a cockerel with a propeller for a head. All were once rockets, artillery shells, or bullets falling on Lebanon’s battlefields. Artist Charles Nassar has been transforming their dark, wrangled remains into sculptures to celebrate tradition and memory. “I hate shrapnel, but I also love it
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If there is a description to sum up the irrepressible artist Anne Samat, it would probably be “dare to be different”. She has, in many ways, an artistic career just as intricate and colourful as her works, the result of taking the roads less travelled in life. This defiantly bold attitude is illustrated through her
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It’s a shocking sight: a dead body, wrapped in cloth, lying on the floor. No cause for alarm, though. This is not a murder scene, and the body isn’t real. It’s an eye-catching prop from a rehearsal of Malaya Relived: The Fall of Singapore. This new local musical, which opens at the GMBB theatre space
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Three years ago, local musician Imee Ooi was asked to produce a concert by the Buddist Fellowship to celebrate Wesak Day. Various groups had come together for the effort, including Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore, and the concert – Sadhu For The Music (STFM) – was performed over two days at the eye-catching Esplanade Concert Hall
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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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Vertical dance outfit Bandaloop from the United States is joining forces with local dance collective ASK Dance Company in a new collaborative dance performance happening at the National Art Gallery (NAG) in Kuala Lumpur on March 12. The performance called Tidal Constellations is co-hosted by the International Federation of Arts Councils and Cultural Agencies (IFACCA)
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Art galleries around town are getting into the spirit of International Women’s Day with an array of female-centric exhibitions. We have rounded up a few thought-fully curated shows with a mix of new and old works. At these galleries, you will find women artists presenting unique and inspiring stories through art. From paintings, sculptures, photography, installations
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The global art market experienced another uptick in 2018, helped by an increase in the spending power of millennials, a report published by UBS and Art Basel recently. A survey of wealthy individuals conducted by UBS and art economist Clare McAndrew for the report found millennials were buying art more actively and frequently taking to
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Clans fighting. People divided. Differing ideologies. Strained relationships. All this strife flaring up in a beautiful country. Sounds familiar? For starters, this isn’t a commentary about Malaysia Baru but rather it’s a case of similar political and social state of affairs found in Taiwan. It would be no surprise then that regular Malaysians, those of
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Ravi Shanker Rama Murthy, 42, the founder and artistic director of Asthana Arts dance company,  died yesterday in Hospital Kuala Lumpur from complications resulting from a bacterial infection. The multi-talented Ravi, born in KL, rose from poverty to carve a name for himself in the performing arts industry. After his mother died when he was teenager, Ravi
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From silent black-and-white films to colourful blockbusters bursting with song and dance, the evolution of Indian cinema is traced by a new museum in the home of Bollywood. Costing US$19.6mil (RM80mil), India’s first national film museum is spread across a stylish 19th-century bungalow and a modern five-storey glass structure in south Mumbai. “It showcases to
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Indonesian art collective ruangrupa has become the first ever Asians and first ever art collective to be chosen to curate the prestigious documenta art exhibition in Kassel, Germany. Running since 1955, documenta is considered one of the world’s most prestigious art events, and once featured the likes of Wassily Kandinsky and Pablo Picasso. Held once
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A sorcerer exacting revenge on his usurpers on a remote island. Four friends returning home after studying abroad and trying to find their place. And let’s add an opera brunch performance from such great heights and the Bard-meets-jazz in an indie bookshop. Well, March seems to be another busy month with theatre shows that truly
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Malaysian artist Shooshie Sulaiman will explore the history and significance of rubber through her new installation Main Getah/Rubberscape, which has been commissioned by Jakarta’s Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Nusantara (MACAN). Main Getah/Rubberscape, which will be unveiled at Museum MACAN on March 1, will present two major themes – history and memory – that are central
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