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How art became Lahore’s ‘secret weapon’

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While cities extend in space, they also exist in time. And traces of the past are everywhere in Lahore. It’s not unusual for a plaza built in 2023 to have a wall adjacent to the boundary of an 18th-century building. On any main road you’re likely to see the latest car models next to a bullock cart identical to ones used 5,000 years ago in the Indus Valley. This diversity is echoed by the Lahoris’ numerous ethnic backgrounds, religious beliefs, and languages. You may hear Punjabi, Saraiki, Pashto, Urdu, and English spoken in a market, along with a variety of dialects – each associated with a specific history.

This multiplicity is also reflected in the art presented in the city. While a large-scale replica of a paper horse (something associated with indigenous nomadic tribes) may occupy a prime spot in a public square, a bronze statue of Lionel Wendt, an educator from the colonial period, stands outside a major university. On street vendors’ poster stands images of famous European artworks hang next to photos of Indian film stars.

Read more: https://www.artbasel.com/stories/how-art-became-lahore-secret-weapon-pakistan-cultural-ecosystem

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Inheritor innovates to keep Chinese textile art relevant

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Source: ANN Asia News Network

A young inheritor of Chinese textile art is breathing new life into the intangible cultural heritage in Southwest China’s Chongqing.

Chinese linen, or xiabu — literally “cloth for summer” — is a traditional handmade textile made from China grass, also known as ramie. Being hailed as the “king of natural fibers”, the linen is comfortable, durable and easy to wash. It’s also delicate, yet not as fragile as silk.

A variety of xiabu was developed in what is now Chongqing’s Rongchang district during the Han Dynasty (206 BC-AD 220). Royals and nobility during the Tang Dynasty (618-907) liked wearing the linen during the summer months. It was one of the first products to be exported from the region in the 20th century, with an annual output of around 700,000 bolts.

According to the district’s commission of commerce, it now exports about 3 million bolts of xiabu annually overseas, of which 40 percent is sold to South Korea. Over the past three years, 13 xiabu manufacturing companies in Rongchang have exported goods worth more than 50 billion yuan ($6.93 billion).

Read more: https://asianews.network/inheritor-innovates-to-keep-chinese-textile-art-relevant/

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Asian Artists to Watch 2024: Din Art

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Each year, we identify the Asian artists on the rise, shining a light on the exciting and provocative works enriching the region’s artistic and cultural landscape. Cambodian artist Din Art shares his story.

Borin Teang, known as Din Art in the art world, is one of Cambodia’s leading contemporary abstract artists, a visionary who transforms ancient and mystical apsara dancers into modern and vibrant masterpieces. His paintings and sketches are a fusion of tradition and innovation, culture and creativity, beauty and grace.

Read more: https://www.prestigeonline.com/kh/lifestyle/asian-artists-to-watch-2024-din-art/

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Collectors return to Asia’s biggest art fair despite cooling market

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Picture Vladimir Putin, Angela Merkel and George W. Bush as 7-year-olds. Now set them on a playground.

What would they talk about? Would they take turns to slide? Would the world be in a better place?

It’s a thought-provoking exercise — one generated by Beijing-born artist Lí Wei’s eerie, hyperreal sculptures of six world leaders, on show this week at Art Basel in Hong Kong.

Read more: https://www.cnn.com/2024/03/29/style/hong-kong-art-basel-collectors-intl-hnk/index.html

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