Madame Song: A Chinese Love Story

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It is impossible to write about the Bulgarian artist Maryn Varbanov (1932-1989) without writing about his wife Song Huai-Kuei (1937-2006), too. They became lovers in an austere Beijing in the 1950s. He was an ambitious tapestry artist who went on… Continue reading

ITO SHINSUI: MODERN PRINT MASTER

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The prints designed by Japanese artist Ito Shinsui (1898-1972) feature traditional subjects, bold colours, and realism that went beyond 19th-century norms, a combination that achieved remarkable commercial success. In his homeland his reputation rested upon his paintings (from his later… Continue reading

Arts of Siam and Burma: Emerald City

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This exhibition of the arts of Siam and Burma was held at the Asian Art Museum (AAM) in San Francisco and mainly featured the donation from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation of Southeast Asian art. The Southeast Asian Art Collection… Continue reading

LIFE IN EDO: JAPANESE PRINTS

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In commemoration of the 55th anniversary of Singapore-Japan Diplomatic Relations, the Asian Civilisations Museum has organised a joint exhibition of Edo-period prints and Singaporean photographer Russel Wong’s series that focuses on life in Kyoto. Two Exhibitions Reflecting Japanese Life –… Continue reading

SUMATRA: ISLE OF GOLD

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In 2010, The Asian Civilisations Museum organised Sumatra Isle of Gold to tell the story of an ancient crossroads in Asia – the Indonesian island of Sumatra. Sumatra and the Island of Gold Known in ancient times as the ‘Island… Continue reading

Moroccan Paintings 1950-2020

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This sweeping survey of the culture of Morocco and Moroccan paintings from the 1950s to the present day is a unique collaboration with Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art – Qatar Museums and Qatar Foundation. Moroccan Trilogy 1950-2020 features more… Continue reading

STORIES FROM STORAGE

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A creative response to the Covid-19 pandemic from the Cleveland Museum of Art (CMA) has allowed curators to discuss some of their favourite objects that are not normally on view to create Stories From Storage. When the pandemic upended our… Continue reading

THE SILK ROAD: PHOTOGRAPHS

This outdoor exhibition of photographs in London is by Christopher Wilton-Steer and documents the photographer’s journey along the Silk Road in 2019. Over a period of four months, he travelled 40,000 km overland by car, bus, train, ferry, horse and camel… Continue reading

EPIC IRAN

This exhibition, Epic Iran, which should have opened in February, is now scheduled to open in mid-May. It is on a grand scale – aiming to explore 5,000 years of Iranian art, design and culture, bringing together over 300 objects… Continue reading

BURMESE MODERN ART

The Centre Pompidou in Paris has organised the first major exhibition of Burmese Modern Art by Bagyi Aung Soe (1923-1990), who was renowned for his modernistic, semi-abstract art and considered one of Myanmar’s most prolific modern artists. A selection of… Continue reading