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Mosques Of Malaysia 

Malaysian artist Nizar Kamal Ariffin will exhibit his paintings of mosques in a themed exhibition organised by the Islamic Arts Museum of Malaysia. Even though there is an unusual presence of defined and grand architecture in the form of these spectacular places of worship, he remains true to his style characterised by bold strokes, line intersections and exuberant colors that depict movement and the everyday experiences of sorrow and happiness.

  • When: Until 11 December
  • Where: Islamic Arts Museum, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Crowning Jewels

The Legion of Honor Museum in San Francisco invites visitors to feast their eyes on a dazzling display of precious Indian jewels. East Meets West: Jewels of the Maharajas from The Al Thani Collection boasts 150 glittering objects lent by His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Abdullah Al Thani.

Number 002: Pen case and inkwell, Deccan plateau or North India , 1575–1600. Gold, diamonds, emeralds, rubies, sapphires, and lacquer, pen case 1 9/16 x 12 1/16 in. (4 x 30.6 cm); inkwell 4 1/2 x 2 1/8 in. (11.4 x 5.4 cm). © The Al Thani Collection. All rights reserved. Photography by Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd Image courtesy of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
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Many of the pieces date back to the 17th century, when India was under Mughal rule, a time when the country was famed for producing lavish jewellery. The Mughal rule of India started in 1526 and stretched until 1858. During this time, rather than the women of the court adoring decorative accessories, it was customary for male rulers and superiors to wear jewellery to signify their place in society. “The spectacular jewellery worn by the rulers of India is a captivating look into the expectations of both high culture and society across a large swath of history,” says curator Martin Chapma. “Audiences will find this aspect of the exhibit relevant to how we perceive gender today.”

  • When: Until 24 February 2019
  • Where: Legion of Honor Museum, Lincoln Park 100 34th Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94121 United States

Local Modernism

Focus Kazakhstan is a large-scale exhibition celebrating the art of Kazakhstan that’s spread over four galleries in London, Berlin, Suwon in South Korea and Jersey City in the United States. At the end of this month, Suwon Ipark Museum of Art hosts one quarter of this huge project, with its part of Focus Kazakhstan exhibition called The Eurasian Utopia: Post Scriptum.

Aida Adilbekova, Jeztymaq, 2018, Performance, Photovideo documentation, Jevelery, German silver, Courtesy of the artist. Focus Kazakhstan: The Eurasian Utopia: Post Scriptum, Suwon, From 27 November 2018 to 3 march 2019. At SIMA (Suwon IPark Museum of Art), www.focuskazakhstan.com

The exhibition focuses on 20th and 21st-century artists working in Kazakhstan during times of political and social change. In the Soviet and post-Soviet period, artists responded to the influence of modernisation by combining modernist themes with local nomadic traditions. For example, the exhibition features work from pivotal artist Rustam Khalfin, who introduced performance, installation and other contemporary practices to Kazakhstan’s art scene, which previously was largely occupied by painting. The Eurasian Utopia: Post Scriptum is a chance to see how the nation’s artists took the wider modernist art movement and made it their own.

  • When: Until 3 March 2019
  • Where: Suwon Ipark Museum of Art, 833 Jeongjo-ro, Paldal-gu, Suwon, South Korea

Yin And Yang

Tian Wei visits the October Gallery in London for the second time with a self-titled solo exhibition. The artist’s work focuses on bridging the gap between dyadic opposites; indeed, he was born in Xi’an, the first imperial capital of China and original starting point of the Silk Road, which linked two opposites: the East and the West. He later moved to study his craft in Hawaii and settled for a while in California.

Tian Wei (China), Light , 2017. Acrylic on canvas, 196 x 117 cm. Courtesy the Artist and October Gallery, London.

The influences of East and West play a huge part in his work, and he often makes references to Yin and Yang. At the October Gallery, a number of his paintings are on display. At first glance, they appear to feature scrawled Chinese characters, yet those who read English are naturally drawn to them as the erratic strokes spell out simple nouns and adjectives in English, such as ‘gaze’ and ‘soul’. In this way, he brings the East and the West, his two great influences, together.

  • When: Until 19 January 2019
  • Where: October Gallery, 24 Old Gloucester Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1N 3AL United Kingdom

Creativity Reimagined

Renowned for creating art using unconventional materials, Malaysian artist Red Hong Yi collaborates with smartphone giant Honor to create an exclusive artwork made from approximately 2,000 pieces of recycled glass backs from Honor’s flagship collection. Titled Aurora, the artwork embodies the avant-garde collaboration between Honor and Red, as they define new ways to create imaginative and contemporary art forms. The installation is ever changing in colour and exudes an aurora hue, made possible from the layers of nano-scale membranes found within each piece of glass that reflects and refracts light.

  • When: 11 – 23 December
  • Where: H Queen’s, 80 Queen’s Road Central, Central, Hong Kong