Xun Sun

Xun Sun

‘I DO NOT believe television. I do not believe the newspapers. I do not believe movies, they all lie. Opera lies. Go to the church… Continue Reading

Rodin and Dance

Rodin and Dance

WHEN THE DANCE troupe of the Cambodian royal court visited France in July 1906 they inspired Auguste Rodin (1840-1917), one of the greatest sculptors of… Continue Reading

The Jameel Prize

The Jameel Prize

THE JAMEEL PRIZE is awarded biennially for contemporary art and design inspired by Islamic tradition. The resulting exhibition of the fourth edition recently opened at… Continue Reading

Captain Linnaeus Tripe: The Unknown Victorian Photographer

Captain Linnaeus Tripe: The Unknown Victorian Photographer

CAPTAIN LINNAEUS TRIP carved a particular niche in the history of 19th-century photography documenting aspects of southern Indian and Burmese culture. As an officer in… Continue Reading

Shadow Puppet Theatre in Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand

Shadow Puppet Theatre in Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand

CANDLES FLICKER in the dark and magical shadows move across a white screen. As the music of bamboo and wood instruments starts, the adventures of… Continue Reading

Chinese Opera Costumes

Chinese Opera Costumes

THIS IS A colourful and festive exhibition with more levels of depth than a gold mine because what one sees on the surface is only… Continue Reading

Kolkata’s Historic Botanic Garden

Kolkata’s Historic Botanic Garden

WHEN Colonel Robert Kyd proposed in 1786 that a botanic garden should be established in Calcutta (now Kolkata), he probably had little idea that it… Continue Reading

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  • The Rama Epic

    The Rama Epic

    The Rama Epic: Hero, Heroine, Ally, Foe at the Asian Art Museum, San Francisco is the most complete …Read More »
  • JADE

    JADE

    ‘The gentlemen scholars of antiquity all enjoyed the extraordinary qualities found in jade: warmth, smoothness, and a certain …Read More »
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    TRAVELLING BACK IN TIME TO IZU

    You get to see it briefly from Atami or Mishima, between the tunnels as you head towards Kyoto …Read More »

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