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Friday, March 05, 2021
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New Resound: Ancient Bells of China
Place: Freer Gallery of Art / Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution - Washington, D.C., 1050 Independence Ave SW, USA
Date: Oct 14, 2019 to Jul 05, 2021
Detail: Bells were among the first metal objects created in China. Beginning over 3,500 years ago, small, primitive noisemakers grew into gongs and further evolved into sets of hand bells for playing melodies. Further, centuries of technological experimentation resulted in more sophisticated bells that produced two pitches when struck in different spots.

Variations in size, shape, decoration, and sound also reveal regional differences across north and south China. By the late Bronze Age large sets of tuned bells were played in ensemble performances in both areas. Cast from bronze, these durable bells preserve valuable information about the character of early Chinese music.

Today we can use technology to explore these ancient instruments and to explain their acoustical properties, but we know little about the sound of this early music. To bring the bells to life, we commissioned three composers to create soundscapes using the recorded tones of a 2,500-year-old bell set on display. Each of them also produced a video projection to interpret his composition with moving images that allow us to “see sound.”


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New Charged with Buddha’s Blessings Relics from an Ancient Stupa
Place: The Rubin Museum of Art - New York, 150 West 17th St., USA
Date: May 30, 2020 to May 30, 2021
Detail: See it to believe whether Buddhist relics and their stories have power. In 1898, excavation of a site in Piprahwa, northern India, revealed an ancient stupa with five intact reliquaries, one of which had an inscription claiming it contained the remains of the Buddha. This installation tells the story of this remarkable discovery and features the offerings of gems and gold foil ornaments that were enshrined together with the reliquaries. In essence, these items can be considered “contact relics,” imbued with the blessings of the Buddha’s corporeal remains, objects with the power to increase merit.

Curated by Elena Pakhoutova.


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New Gateway to Himalayan Art
Place: The Rubin Museum of Art - New York, 150 West 17th St., USA
Date: May 31, 2020 to May 30, 2021
Detail: Gateway to Himalayan Art introduces visitors to the main forms, concepts, and meanings of Himalayan art represented in our collection. A large multimedia map orients the visitors and highlights cultural regions of a diverse Himalayan cultural sphere that includes parts of present day India, China, Nepal, Bhutan, and Mongolia. Visitors are invited to explore exemplary objects from the Museum’s collection, organized and presented in thematic sections: Figures and Symbols, Materials and Techniques, and Purpose and Function.

The exhibition employs a concise and informative approach to convey the principal notions inherent in the rich traditions of Himalayan art to first-time visitors and specialists alike. In addition to sculptures and paintings, objects such as a stupa, prayer wheel, and ritual implements demonstrate that their patrons sought the accumulation of merit and hoped for wealth, long life, and spiritual gains, all to be fulfilled through the ritual use of these objects and commissioning works of art.

Among the featured installations are a display that explains the process of Nepalese lost-wax metal casting and a presentation of the stages of Tibetan hanging scroll painting (thangka). Visitors will also encounter life-size reproductions of murals from Tibet’s Lukhang Temple, photographed by Thomas Laird and Clint Clemens.

Curated by Elena Pakhoutova


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New Shrine Room Projects: Shiva Ahmadi /Genesis Breyer P-Orridge / Tsherin Sherpa
Place: The Rubin Museum of Art - New York, 150 West 17th St., USA
Date: Oct 11, 2020 to Jun 06, 2021
Detail: In dialogue with the Tibetan Buddhist Shrine Room at the center of the gallery, artists Shiva Ahmadi, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, and Tsherin Sherpa each reinterpret traditional and religious iconography and practices through sculptural installation, painting, and video.


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New The Tibetan Buddhist Shrine Room
Place: The Rubin Museum of Art - New York, 150 West 17th St., USA
Date: Oct 11, 2020 to Sep 27, 2021
Detail: Since it first opened, the Tibetan Buddhist Shrine Room has been one of the most popular installations at the Rubin Museum, providing an immersive experience inspired by a traditional shrine.

Art and ritual objects are displayed as they would in an elaborate private household shrine, a space used for offerings, devotional prayer, rituals, and contemplation. The design of the Shrine Room showcases these objects while incorporating elements of traditional Tibetan architecture and the color schemes of Tibetan homes.

For Museum visitors, this richly detailed, immersive installation provides an oasis for peaceful contemplation at the heart of the Rubin Museum.


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New Encountering the Buddha: Art and Practice across Asia
Place: Freer Gallery of Art / Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution - Washington, D.C., 1050 Independence Ave SW, USA
Date: Oct 14, 2020 to Jan 17, 2022
Detail: Encounter Buddhist art through the lens of spiritual practice and the perspectives of practitioners. Drawing on the Freer|Sackler’s collections from across Asia, this exhibition expands the understanding of Buddhism in Asian art through both beautiful objects and immersive spaces. Visitors can step into a Tibetan Buddhist shrine, travel the Buddhist world with an eighth-century Korean monk, visit a Sri Lankan stupa, meet teachers and guardians, and discover multiple Buddhas and bodhisattvas. Encountering the Buddha illuminates the ways in which art and place embody and express the teachings of Buddhism.


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New Masterworks: A Journey through Himalayan Art
Place: The Rubin Museum of Art - New York, 150 West 17th St., USA
Date: Jan 29, 2021 to Jan 08, 2024
Detail: Masterworks: A Journey through Himalayan Art explores major strands in the development of art from the Himalayan region covering a period of more than one thousand years, with objects drawn primarily from the Rubin Museum’s collection.

Masterworks is organized geographically and chronologically, showcasing the diverse regional traditions of Tibet in relation to the neighboring areas of Eastern India, Kashmir, Nepal, Bhutan, China, and Mongolia. Juxtaposing the art of Himalayan regions over time sheds light on the geographic, historical, religious, and artistic interrelationships among these cultures.

This ongoing exhibition reflects our evolving understanding of the relatively young field of Himalayan art. Masterworks is regularly updated as new art objects and texts come to light, reflecting the latest developments in the field. The current iteration features several loans from the Zhiguan Museum of Fine Art, which brings further depth to the themes and extraordinary craftsmanship demonstrated throughout the exhibition.

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New Shahidul Alam: Truth to Power
Place: Asia Society Texas Center - Houston, 1370 Southmore Blvd., Texas, USA
Date: Feb 13, 2021 to Jul 11, 2021
Detail: Asia Society Texas Center (ASTC) proudly presents Shahidul Alam: Truth to Power, the first comprehensive U.S. museum survey of Shahidul Alam, the renowned Bangladeshi photographer, writer, activist, and institution builder and a Time Magazine Person of the Year in 2018. Through 60+ images and ephemera, the exhibition will show the breadth of Alam’s practice and impact throughout his four-decade career. The exhibition opens on Saturday, February 13, 2021 and runs through Sunday, July 11, 2021 and admission is free.

The exhibition includes portraits, landscapes, and scenes of daily life, strife, and resistance in the "majority world" — a phrase Alam has used since the 1990s to reframe the notion of the "third world" or "global south." The term also confronts the ways in which Western media continues to define how the majority of the world's population — especially Bangladesh — is portrayed in relation to poverty and disaster.

This pioneering exhibition aims to provide visitors with a nuanced view of Bangladesh and South Asia, to explore systems of personal and collective agency, and to underscore the importance of self-representation, empowerment, and truth as embodied in Alam's life and work.

"My introduction into photography was for political reasons,” states Alam. “It was social justice I was after and I recognized that photography was this powerful tool. And if I was going to fight, I would use the most powerful tools available. I took on photography but I'm not married to the medium. It's social justice I'm after and I will use whatever tool that works at any particular time.”

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New Awaken: A Tibetan Buddhist Journey Toward Enlightenment
Place: The Rubin Museum of Art - New York, 150 West 17th St., USA
Date: Mar 12, 2021 to Jan 03, 2022
Detail: Unplug, step away from the chaos, and embark on a journey of self-knowledge and transformation with Awaken.

Awaken presents the Tibetan Buddhist path to enlightenment with 37 artworks from the 7th to the 21st century, drawn largely from the collections of the Rubin Museum of Art, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and Asian Art Museum of San Francisco.

As you navigate the exhibition, you’ll learn how powerful artworks, such as sculptures, hanging scroll paintings, illuminated manuscript pages, and ritual items, help practitioners develop awareness and recognize that everything is interconnected. Inspired by the journey to awakening, you may begin to realize that your own perspective is changing and glimpse into what is known as the awakened state of mind.

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New Nestorian Crosses of the Yuan Dynasty
Place: University Museum and Art Gallery, The University of Hong Kong - Hong Kong, 90 Bonham Road, Pokfulam, Hong Kong
Date: Jun 10, 2016 to Dec 31, 2022
Detail: The University of Hong Kong’s (HKU) Nestorian crosses were assembled by a Mr. F. A. Nixon who served as a British postal commissioner in Beijing in the 1930s and 1940s. Subsequently the collection was acquired by the Lee Hysan Foundation and donated to Hong Kong University in 1961.

Nestorian bronze crosses were cast in the Ordos region in north-west China (Inner Mongolia) during the Yuan dynasty (1272–1368). They measure between 3 and 8 cm in height, are flat plaque-like ornaments with an outline in high relief and have a loop on the back suggesting that they were used as personal seals and were worn on the body. The loop facilitates a strapping to human clothing or girdles. The fine motifs of the cast Christian and Buddhist symbols and the rare survival of red-coloured ink deposits in intermittent lower parts of the design, suggested that these seals were used as chops and transferred their individual designs by printing them on other matters. Although all crosses are cast, the Nestorian crosses all seem to be unique and are, in fact, characteristic for their individual designs.

Stylistically, all crosses fall into 4 different categories, many with mixed Christian and Buddhist motifs in the same artefact. The majority are executed in crucifix form—hence the group description as ‘crosses’—with either flat or round ends. Other ‘crosses’ in fact take the shape of animals, predominantly birds, but also hares and fish, as well as geometrical patterns, such as sun-like designs and miscellaneous Chinese seal-like forms.


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New Ancient Religions
Place: Asian Civilisations Museum - Singapore, 1 Empress Place, Singapore
Date: Dec 12, 2017 to Dec 31, 2021
Detail: The ACM permanent galleries on Level 2 explore how artists have masterfully expressed complex ideas about life and existence with religions in sculpture and paintings. Beginning with the Ancient Religions exhibition, which explores early styles and motifs of Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism in India and how they spread to China and the larger Southeast Asia, the story continues in the following galleries as the art developed and evolved through the centuries.

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New Afterwords Exhibition
Place: Singapore Chinese Culture Centre - Singapore, Online Event, Singapore
Date: Oct 05, 2020 to Mar 31, 2021
Detail: Afterwords Exhibition

Venue: Level 9 and 10 Foyer, Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre, 1 Straits Boulevard, Singapore 018906

Period: 5 Oct 2020 to 31 Mar 2021, 9 am to 10 pm daily

Admission is free.



What happens to a piece of paper after it has outlived its purpose? What else does it want to say when there is no space left?

Check out how calligraphy artist Malik Mazlan and haiku* poet Dave Tai introduced new perspectives to canvases created from drafts, past projects and personal items, by refreshing them with haiku and calligraphy. The Afterwords exhibition underlies the longevity of the written word and maximises the exploration of recycling wastepaper to form the foundation of new works. Accompanying this exhibition, Dave will be stationed at the SINGAPO人: Discovering Chinese Singaporean Culture located in SCCC, Level 2, on 21st Nov from 3 pm to 6 pm, to personalise haikus for visitors. Additionally, Malik & Dave will lend their expertise and perspectives with an exclusive guided tour on 30th January 2021 (Saturday) from 3.30pm to 4.30pm. Group size of each tour is limited to no more than five (excluding guide), and visitors are required to check in at the Level 10 registration area.

*A traditional Japanese haiku is a three-line poem with a total of seventeen syllables. Typically, every first line of a haiku has 5 syllables, the second line has 7 syllables, and the third has 5 syllables.



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About Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre
The Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre collaborates with arts and cultural groups and community partners to promote and develop local Chinese culture. Through engaging and accessible content, we hope to nurture greater appreciation of our multi-cultural identity and a stronger sense of belonging.

Opened by our Patron, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on 19 May 2017, our centre in the heart of the city welcomes everyone to enjoy exhibitions, fairs, performances, seminars, talks, workshops and other cultural activities throughout the year.

For more information, please visit https://www.singaporeccc.org.sg/.

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New Yu-ichi Inoue: Bell Tolls from Japan
Place: Tsinghua University Art Museum - Beijing, NO. 1, Tsinghua University Campus, Hai Dian District, People's Republic Of China
Date: Nov 20, 2020 to Mar 28, 2021
Detail: Yu-ichi Inoue (1916-1985) was an outstanding Japanese calligrapher in the latter half of the 20th century, reputed as one of the representatives of avant-garde art in post-war Japan. He devoted his whole life to calligraphy, who has been working around the clock and would rather be the “ghost of calligraphy” as he claimed. He pioneered exceedingly wide range of expression and broke a new ground in avant-garde calligraphy.

His works challenged the general understanding of traditional calligraphy. He went further beyond writing itself, and towards “the act of writing” - an approach coinciding with the great abstract expressionist Jackson Pollock. However, his works are not just about various techniques and methods, but stunningly present a unique expression of great oriental beauty. He produced an enormous influence not only on Western art, but also on Chinese calligraphy and even contemporary art around the world.

This exhibition focuses on 112 representative works by Yu-ichi Inoue that stand out throughout his creative career. The works are classified according to different calligraphic styles and different periods, and designed to bring the most authentic Yu-ichi Inoue to the audience for a deeper understanding of his spiritual and artistic world. This is by far the largest exhibition of Yu-ichi Inoue in China, with extremely wide academic significance and high cultural value.

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New Intermixture Vol.2
Place: Whitestone Gallery - Central, 7-8/F, H Queen’s, 80 Queen’s Road, Hong Kong
Date: Jan 29, 2021 to Mar 13, 2021
Detail: The gallery is pleased to present Intermixture Vol.2, a sequel to the first Intermixture group exhibition in 2017. Following the idea from the first edition that the artists are using various materials and textures to form their unprecedented expressions, merging the boundary between paintings and sculptures, the second edition will also present these characteristics. The exhibition encourages audiences to find connections and new interpretations in their own way.


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New Ceramics of the East — Artistic Exchange in Asian Art
Place: Idemitsu Museum of Arts - Tokyo, 9th Floor, Teigeki Bldg., 3-1-1,Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Japan
Date: Feb 20, 2021 to Mar 28, 2021
Detail: Masterpieces from the ceramics collection of the Museum, featuring items from Japan, China and the Korean peninsula will be displayed. From the old days, Asian people created a variety of ceramics, such as celadon, white porcelain and iro-e (overglaze enameled ware), and developed their own ceramic culture as a result of exchange with other countries. This exhibition will focus on the the exchange and introduce the appeal of Asian ceramics. There will also be a special section honoring the achievements of the researcher of ceramics, Koyama Fujio (1900–1975).

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New The Hundred Antiques: Fine & Decorative Asian
Place: Sotheby's - New York, 1334 York Avenue, USA
Date: Mar 12, 2021 to Mar 24, 2021
Detail: Online Auction opens March 12, 2021, 10:00 a.m.; closes March 24, 2021, 9:30 a.m.
The Hundred Antiques: Fine & Decorative Asian Art
Exhibition runs from March 11- 17


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New Modern & Contemporary South Asian Art
Place: Sotheby's - New York, 1334 York Avenue, USA
Date: Mar 16, 2021
Detail: March 16, 2021, 10:00 a.m.
Modern & Contemporary South Asian Art
Exhibition runs from March 11- 15


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New Fine Japanese and Korean Art
Place: Bonhams - New York, 580 Madison Avenue, USA
Date: Mar 17, 2021

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New Imperial Cloisonné & Jade: Chinese Art from The Brooklyn Museum
Place: Sotheby's - New York, 1334 York Avenue, USA
Date: Mar 17, 2021
Detail: March 17, 2021, 9:00 a.m.
Chinese Art from the Brooklyn Museum
Exhibition runs from March 11-16

Leading the Sotheby’s Asia Week sale series in March is a remarkable selection of Imperial jades and cloisonné enamels produced during the Ming and Qing dynasties from the Brooklyn Museum, sold to support museum collections. This distinguished group of works include an Imperial Qianlong period white and russet jade brushpot from the Woodward Collection and a group of cloisonné enamels from the world-renowned Samuel P. Avery, Jr. Collection, led by an exceptionally rare ‘bats and clouds’ cloisonné enamel vase.


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New Important Chinese Works of Art
Place: Sotheby's - New York, 1334 York Avenue, USA
Date: Mar 17, 2021
Detail: March 17, 2021, 10:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m.
Important Chinese Works of Art
Exhibition runs from March 11-16

Sotheby's is honored to present a diverse assemblage of rare and exceptional Chinese works of art from distinguished collections in March 2021, spanning 4000 years of Chinese history from the Shang dynasty onwards. Highlights include two early Ming blue and white masterworks from the Yongle and Xuande reigns, an important Shang dynasty archaic bronze Gui, early ceramics from the Aoyama Studio collection and Qing imperial works of art.


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New Chinese Works of Art and Paintings
Place: Bonhams - New York, 580 Madison Avenue, USA
Date: Jul 21, 2021

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New Fine Japanese and Korean Art
Place: Bonhams - New York, 580 Madison Avenue, USA
Date: Jul 22, 2021

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New Indian, Himalayan & Southeast Asian Art
Place: Bonhams - New York, 580 Madison Avenue, USA
Date: Jul 23, 2021

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New Islamic and Indian Art
Place: Bonhams - London, 101 New Bond Street, United Kingdom
Date: Mar 30, 2021

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New Arts of the Islamic World & India including Fine Rugs and Carpets
Place: Sotheby's - London, 34-35 New Bond Street, United Kingdom
Date: Mar 31, 2021
Detail: This Spring’s Arts of the Islamic World & India including Fine Rugs and Carpets sale will take place on 31 March in London and includes works of various media from a multitude of continents spanning over ten centuries. Featured is an extremely rare sixteenth-century Safavid niche rug from Central Persia.




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