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