Arts

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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Nativity scenes that are a centuries-old Christmas tradition in Poland’s historic royal capital Krakow were granted Unesco special status recently, being added to its register of “Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity”. For generations, competitions for the best nativity scene have drawn artists to the southern Polish city. “This is a special moment for anyone whose heart is
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In a crowded dark room, Syria’s last shadow puppeteer crouches on stage, holding two intricate figures against a brightly lit silk screen and voicing their animated chatter. Hiding inside his booth and moving the silhouettes around on sticks, Shadi al-Hallaq gave a proud performance on Monday night after his disappearing art finally received international recognition.
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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 performing arts year is coming to a close pretty soon. Have you caught any theatre shows? There has been a bountiful list of productions through the year, but the good news is that the Klang Valley performing arts scene is not done yet. The recently opened theatre production Pokok, helmed by director U-Wei Saari
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Ever wanted a cool T-shirt with pioneer Malaysian artist Anthony Lau’s classic Wild Bull (1962) stone sculpture printed on it? Try the National Art Gallery in KL, you will be surprised by its range of art-related apparel, exhibition catalogues, wall art, stationery, and more. If you are lucky enough, there might still be stocks left
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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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His identity is a mystery that adds to his allure, but a new exhibition in Italy dedicated to street artist Banksy looks beyond the feverish headlines to explore his works as vehicles for protest. The solo show, organised by the Museum of Cultures in Milan, is “the first on Banksy organised by a public museum
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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 Anne Frank House Museum, built around the secret apartment where the Jewish teenager and her family hid from the Nazis, has reopened after being renovated to receive a new generation of visitors whose grandparents were born after WWII. The museum and tiny apartment where Anne wrote her diary – which has become the most
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