Exhibition: Lela Ahmadzai: The Courageous - Four Women in Kabul (Michael Horbach Foundation, Cologne); until May 25, 2016

Lela Ahmadzai: The Courageous - Four Women in Kabul

The exhibition is a photography/multimedia project by award winning photographer and multimedia artist Lela Ahmadzai that highlights the situation of women in today's Afghanistan.

The project focuses on four Afghan women from different social backgrounds: a member of parliament, a baker, a singer and a policewoman.

Lela Ahmadzai´s photographs and multimedia films draw an impressive picture of the lives of the portrayed women and show a country in political and social change.

Exhibition: Earth, Fire, Soul - Masterpieces of Korean Ceramics (Grand Palais, Paris); until June 20, 2016

To mark the 130th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Paris and Seoul, the Grand Palais, backed by the National Museum of Korea, is exhibiting 300 masterpieces of Korean ceramics, a historical tradition dating from the first century AD and inspired by Central Asia and China. 

Exhibition: Sacral Gift to Deity: Southeast-Asian Sculpture of the 8th–20th Centuries from the State Hermitage Collection (State Hermitage, St Petersburg); until May 8, 2015

The exhibition presents the Hermitage’s collection of Southeast-Asian sculpture. On display here are objects from this vast region that illustrate the history of its art and culture, little known in Russia. Deriving from Siam/Thailand, Burma/Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam/ancient Champa, Indonesia they recall the incredible process of “Indianisation” that swept through these territories over the course of the 1st millennium CE.

Exhibition: Inro - Japanese Belt Ornaments (Linden-Museum, Stuttgart); until January 27, 2017

Inrō are sets of small cases nested within one another, and were predominantly used to carry official seals and medicine. Inrō were attached to a sash by a toggle (netsuke). These cases first came into fashion in the 16th century and remained a striking accessory of Japanese men's fashion up until the end of the 1800s. Rich in symbolism and not uncommonly incorporating narrative elements, these objects allow for valuable insights into Japanese culture. Meticulously detailed and lovingly crafted, inro were mostly finished in lacquer.

Exhibition: Reflections: Contemporary Ink Paintings by Wu Lan-Chiann (Museum of East Asian Art, Bath, UK); until May 15, 2016

Reflections is the first UK solo exhibition of Wu Lan-Chiann, Chinese ink painting artist.  This exhibit shows a selection of Wu Lan-Chiann’s work produced over the past twenty years. Displayed in reverse chronological order in the museum’s galleries, the exhibition has three themes; early career work, dusk to dawn series, and current directions.

Exhibition: 47 Ronin Manga (MAO Torino); until May 29, 2016

A manga that visually interprets one of the most famous historical events in Japan, also narrated in the best ever known Japanese play, Kanadehon Chushingura. A comic book project conceived and written by the scriptwriter Fabrizio Capigatti and illustrated by Emanuele Tenderini.

Exhibition: Orient / Asia – Round trip (Guimet Museum, Paris); until June 27, 2016

MNAAG Photography treasures

Exhibition: Araki (Guimet Museum, Paris); until September 5, 2016

A major figure in contemporary Japanese photography, Nobuyoshi Araki is known worldwide for his photographs of women bound according to the ancestral rules of Kinbaku – the Japanese art of bondage – a practice going back to the 15th century. This exhibition retraces fifty years of his work in over 400 photographs and is one of the most important ever devoted to Araki in France.

Exhibition; 220th Anniversary of the National Gallery in Prague: Generosity. The Art of Giving (National Gallery, Prague); until July 3, 2016

The gift and the act of generosity lie at the foundation of a large majority of museums, including the National Gallery in Prague. The institution was established in 1796 by a generous gesture from the Society of Patriotic Friends of the Arts, which consisted of a group of prominent representatives of the Bohemian patriotic aristocracy and enlightened middle-class intellectuals, whose aim was to elevate what they called the “debased artistic taste” of the local population.

Krishna in the Garden of Assam: the cultural context of an Indian textile (British museum); until August 15, 2016

Discover a little-known chapter of Indian history through the largest surviving example of an Assamese devotional textile, the ‘Vrindavani Vastra’.

The Vrindavani Vastra (literally ‘the cloth of Vrindavan’) was produced in Assam in north-eastern India sometime in the late 17th century. It is made of woven silk and figured with scenes from the life of the Hindu god Krishna during the time he lived in the forest of Vrindavan. It was made to be used in the Krishna cult which developed following the ministry of the Assamese saint Shankaradeva (d. 1568).