June 2016: BAZAAR Weekly Culture Clicks

KL Alternative Bookfest ( KLAB 2016 ) + Art For Grabs

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“One weekend to present a veritable pre-Ramadhan buffet of delights.” Held for the 9th year in a row, KL Alternative Bookfest #KLAB2016, sponsored by Fixi and Gerakbudaya, is back with Art For Grabs. In celebration of Malaysian indie publishers – 27 publishers of books, comics and zines, complete with 54 booths of handmade goods, food and arts & crafts.

Beautiful Handicrafts Of Tohoku, Japan – Galeri Shah Alam, 9:00am-5.00pm, 16 May–21 June

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Pottery, lacquer ware, textiles, basket weaving, metalwork and woodwork – all in commemoration of the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami. A display of  traditional craftsmanship of the region still recovering from the disaster. 70 objects that encompass the epitome of the highly-developed techniques and functional elegance of these implements. 

R E T R O S P E K T I V: A Solo Exhibition by Nicholas Choong – 10.00am-5.00pm, 3-19 June 

36 works of various sizes and mediums: “R E T R O S P E K T I V is about how time, fear, faith and experimentation influence the creation of art. From small watercolours and prints to large scale acrylic paintings on canvas, each piece of art reflects the artist’s life at different points in time.”

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Image Courtesy of Port Commune

Image Courtesy of Port Commune

“While painting these, I allowed irregular shapes to take precedence. As in all my work – there was an initial sketch – but the details and visual dialogue was pretty much made up as I went along.” − Nicholas Choong

Barbie: World of Endless Possibilities – 6-12 June, Orange Concourse, Sunway Pyramid

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 250 Barbie dolls – all to display the iconic fashion doll’s history from her debut in 1959.  The exhibition’s highlight: ‘Barbie, The Muse’, features the doll dressed in pieces by Moschino, Karl Lagerfeld, Carolina Herrera, Versace, Ralph Lauren, Vera Wang, Dior and Calvin Klein. Children welcome for storytelling and cake decorating, designing Barbie’s outfits and playing dress-up. #YouCanBeAnything

Love Me In My Batik – ILHAM Gallery, until 20 June

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Featuring over 39 artists, a showcase of modern batik designs from 1960s to 1980s and a comparison between the batiks of Malaysia and Indonesia. Voyage through the journey of batik – a distinct modern art form that emerged in Malaysia and beyond from 1950’s to the present day. An exhibition that analyses the reinvention of the medium by generations of artists.

Dala’il al-Khayrat: Prayer Manuscripts From The 16th To 19thCenturies – Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia, until 20 June

Presenting its finest collection of one of the most important manuscripts in the Islamic World until August; highlighting Dala’il al-Khayrat copies from its native land, Morocco to as far as East Turkistan and China. Dala’il al-Khayrat has inspired calligraphers, illuminators and painters of court ateliers in producing  sumptuous illustrated and illuminated manuscripts that reveal the history and the diverse art form of the Islamic World.

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Photograph by JS Wong, After Dark (2015)

“TranscenDance is a performance that takes you on a journey of dance and ballet highlighting the evolution of classical ballet through the ages. This performance gives the students of Sandance Ballet Studio an opportunity to express and transcend artistry beyond technique; and to perform everything learnt within the classroom environment and shine on stage. TranscenDance is a performance of dance, expression and enjoyment for both dancers and dance lovers alike.” Book your tickets now!

MAKING – Shalini Ganendra Fine Art, 11:00am-7.00pm, Tue-Sat until 12 August

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A holistic approach to art representation and expertise in the contemporary art of Asian emerging regions. Exploring the multidisciplinary and multipurpose – featuring different materiality. ‘Making’; the art of creation. An exhibition starring the works of three talents: Zelin Seah, Anniketyni Madian and Lileng Wong.