Art & Culture

Thursday, 8 March 2012

Book on economic diversification

2012-03-08 ECONOMIC diversification has become a theme of so many political speeches and mentioned continuously for so many years. For example, the Commissioner of Development, in charge of the 1st National Development Plan (1953-1958) already expressed his...

Wednesday, 7 March 2012

Permata Seni Negara children capture New Yorkers' hearts

2012-03-07 THE energetic and superb performances by 26 primary schoolchildren from Permata Seni Negara at several functions here since Thursday received overwhelming response from the audiences. !The group comprising musicians, choir singers and dancers have...

Ancient Chinese bowl to be auctioned in HK

2012-03-07 A RARE Chinese porcelain bowl made almost 1,000 years ago is expected to fetch more than US$10 million when it goes under the hammer in Hong Kong next month, Sotheby's auction house said Monday.The flower-shaped Ru dish from the Northern Song...

China reopens National Museum

2012-03-07 THE newly-renovated and enlarged National Museum of China was reopened last week after a year of trial operation."The imposing structure, well-equipped, and with a wonderful collection, well-trained staff, and superb services, has become a...

Tuesday, 6 March 2012

Chinese designs incorporated in Melaka mosques

2012-03-06 THE structure of Kampung Kling Mosque (pic) in Melaka built in the 18th century boasts of various characteristics of the Chinese, Hindu, Sumatran and Malay cultures."The Chinese character of double happiness carvings and a rostrum are obvious...

Einstein exhibition debuts in central China

2012-03-06 AN exhibition based on Albert Einstein opened Friday in Wuhan, capital city of central China's Hubei province.The exhibition for Einstein will last to June 17, and residents and tourists can visit the exhibition free.Albert Einstein, who received...

Tibetan nomads learn to live in residential communities

2012-03-06 NYIMA GYALTSEN, a Tibetan nomad who lived in tents for decades, managed to settle down in his own Tibetan-style house ahead of the Tibetan New Year."I have never dreamed of living in such a nice place. The water and electricity are so...

Saturday, 3 March 2012

'Lost' novel by dead Nobel laureate published

2012-03-03 A "LOST" novel by Portuguese Nobel literature laureate Jose Saramago (pic) which he wrote in the 1950s before he achieved international acclaim has been published nearly two years after his death.Saramago sent the manuscript for "...

Chinese director to stage opera for London

2012-03-03 FILM director Zhang Yimou, who engineered the spectacular opening ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Olympics, is to stage an opera in London as part of the arts shows leading up to the 2012 London Olympics.The version of Giacomo Puccini's Turandot,...

Taxidermy hobby gives new meaning to stuffed animals

2012-03-03 THERE are mice and men and, thanks to a macabre hobby, there are also mice that look like men.Bent over tables in a room in an industrial corner of Brooklyn recently, about 20 New Yorkers used scalpels to slice into dead white mice, the first step...

Friday, 2 March 2012

Intricate 'noh' masks represents Japan's lost tsunami victims

2012-03-02 AN AMATEUR carver of the ornate masks used in traditional "noh" theatre took visitors on a tour of his works Thursday, in an exhibition mounted in memory of family who died in Japan's tsunami.Kenshi Kimura's work, mostly depicting the...

Czech Bauhaus gem open again after revamp

2012-03-02 THE UNESCO-listed Tugendhat villa, a Bauhaus-style architectural gem in the southern Czech city of Brno, reopened its doors on Wednesday, following a complete renovation.The clean-lined 20th-century villa nestled in a vast sloping garden is the work...

Myanmar's new policy sees resurgence in art renaissance

2012-03-02 MYANMAR artist Nyein Chan Su's paintings have a breezy simplicity. Broad, colourful strokes and exaggerated figures, often in silhouette, capture an isolated country steeped in Buddhist culture but blighted by years of military rule.But selling them...

Thursday, 1 March 2012

Change needed to revamp Malaysia's boring libraries

2012-03-01 BORING, unexciting places that one would go to only if they had to. That was the honest answer given by some Malaysians when asked about their national libraries.Some also found the library a place that is only suitable for children and university...

No excavation for mysterious tomb near Qinshihuang Mausoleum

2012-03-01 A MYSTERIOUS tomb suspected of belonging to the last emperor of the Qin Dynasty (221 BC - 206 BC) will not be excavated until thorough studies are conducted for subsequent protection plans, according to China's cultural heritage authorities.China's...

Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Prominent S Korean conductor in Pyongyang

2012-02-29 A PROMINENT South Korean conductor is in Pyongyang this week for a planned joint concert in Paris by orchestras from North Korea and from France.Chung Myung-whun arrived yesterday to make arrangements for the concert between the North's Unhasu...

Malaysia's SB played key role in fighting communists

2012-02-29 A RETIRED British police officer who served in Malaysia during the colonial era, revealed that the Police's Special Branch (SB) had played an important role in fighting against communists during the emergency years from June 1948 until July 1960. !...

Britain Olympic Association to open museum on 2012 Games site

2012-02-29 THE British Olympic Association (BOA) will open a museum on the site of the 2012 Games to mark London hosting the event three times. The venue at Olympic Park in east London will open in 2014 and charge for entry, unlike most other museums in...

Namibia to join int'l folklore festival in France

2012-02-29 NAMIBIA will be the only African country to participate in the 39th International Folklore Festival in France this year, Namibia Press Agency (Nampa) reported. !"The cultural groups to represent Namibia at the folklore festival will come from...

Tuesday, 28 February 2012

In Germany, communist propaganda art gathers dust

2012-02-28 PILED-UP, forgotten and gathering dust, 23,000 artworks from the former East Germany fill a vast warehouse southeast of Berlin, testimony to an oppressive past.From busts of Karl Marx to paintings glorifying the "Heroes of Socialist Labour...

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