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Naughty Ricky Gervais goes all the way with Globes

Published มกราคม 13, 2016 by SoClaimon

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A handout picture provided by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) on 10 January 2016 shows Ricky Gervais hosting the 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards/EPA

A handout picture provided by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) on 10 January 2016 shows Ricky Gervais hosting the 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards/EPA

Ricky Gervais returned as host of the Golden Globe Awards on Sunday with what can only be described as a vengeance.

He’d been eased out of the job after three years because of the sheer volume of people he’d offended. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which presents the awards, simply ran out of defences.

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler did a decent tag-team turn hosting subsequent editions, but the show was missing the edge that only Gervais’ razor tongue could wield, and he arrived onstage this time with a fine greeting for the crowd: “Shut up, you disgusting, pill-popping deviant scum!”

Offence intended, and that was only the opening serve. He promptly ridiculed an unnamed Hollywood publication for predicting that his presence would keep some stars away “for fear of being made fun of”. “As if film stars would stay away from the chance of winning a Golden Globe – particularly if their film company has already paid for it,” he said, alluding to suspicions that the studios can control voting on the winners.

The British comic’s first individual target was Caitlyn Jenner, the American Olympic decathlon hero who had a sex change and is now a TV celebrity by dint of membership in the Kardashian clan. Then Jenner was involved in a car crash that left another person dead.

“What a year she’s had,” Gervais said. “She became a role model for trans people everywhere, showing great bravery in breaking down barriers and destroying stereotypes. She didn’t do a lot for women drivers, but you can’t have everything, can you?”

Well, a lot of people hate reality TV, so he was safe with that gag. The laughter was noticeably less when he joked about “Spotlight”, a nominated movie about a probe into child abuse by Catholic priests. He said Roman Polanski – who can’t visit the US because for his alleged 1977 statutory rape of a 13-year-old girl – “called it the best date movie ever”.

Was that going too far, or merely an unfunny joke?

The bigoted frontrunner in the Republican race for the presidency was a fish in a barrel. It was Gervais’ job to introduce two Hispanic stars to present an award. “Eva Longoria and America Ferrera aren’t just beautiful, talented actresses. They are also two people who your future president, Donald Trump, can’t wait to deport.”

Matt Damon was welcomed to the stage as “the only person Ben Affleck hasn’t been unfaithful to”.

Mel Gibson, whom Gervais had gleefully mocked during the 2010 show for his drunken racist tirades, decided on Sunday that “Mel’s forgotten all about it, apparently. That’s what drinking does.”

Then, with Gibson about to take the stage, Gervais added, “I’d rather have a drink with him in his hotel room tonight than Bill Cosby.” The host had been sipping beer throughout the show but theatrically whisked his pint glass away as Gibson approached the podium.

To his credit, Gibson remained calm, or at least seemingly so. “I love seeing Ricky once every three years because it reminds me to get a colonoscopy,” he quipped.

Agence France-Presse reports that early reviews of the awards gala didn’t take offence with anything Gervais said. Instead they took offence that the joy he takes in being offensive has become so formulaic. It’s okay to be rude as long as you mix it up.

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Little Leo wins big

Published มกราคม 13, 2016 by SoClaimon

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Director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (L) poses with awards for Best Director and Best Motion Picture and actor Leonardo DiCaprio poses with the award for Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama, for The Revenant./AFP PHOTO / FREDERIC J. BROWN

Director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (L) poses with awards for Best Director and Best Motion Picture and actor Leonardo DiCaprio poses with the award for Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama, for The Revenant./AFP PHOTO / FREDERIC J. BROWN

“The Revenant” and “The Martian” take the trophies in films

The epic survival thriller “The Revenant” and the space adventure “The Martian” won big at the Golden Globe Awards on Sunday, boosting their chances for Oscars glory next month.

“The Revenant” – the story of legendary fur trapper Hugh Glass, played by Leonardo DiCaprio – won three top awards at the star-studded gala, for best drama, best actor for DiCaprio and best director for Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu.

“The Martian,” the tale of an astronaut stranded alone on Mars, won two top prizes -best comedy film and best actor in a comedy for Matt Damon, who stars in the blockbuster.

The victories for the two films at the Globes put them in prime position as Hollywood’s annual awards season heats up, leading to the all-important Oscars on February 28.

“I cannot say how surprised I am and how proud I am to have survived this movie,” Inarritu said, referring to the harsh conditions in which the movie was filmed.

Inarritu’s movie “Birdman” won four Oscars last year including for best picture and best director, and many critics believe the Mexican director could emerge triumphant again this year.

DiCaprio, who got a standing ovation from his Hollywood peers, said he wanted to share the award with all the indigenous communities around the world.

“It is time that we recognise your history and that we protect your indigenous lands from corporate interests and from people that are out there to exploit them,” said the 41-year-old actor, who critics believe may finally win his first Oscar for the movie.

A-listers Kate Winslet and Sylvester Stallone also took home acting prizes at the ceremony held in Beverly Hills, which is seen as a good indicator of which movies and actors will fight for Oscars glory.

Winslet won for best supporting actress in a film for her role in the biopic “Steve Jobs”, Stallone won for best supporting actor in “Creed,” in which he reprised his iconic role of boxer Rocky Balboa.

“Spotlight,” an early Globes favorite about journalists from The Boston Globe who uncovered sexual abuse in the Catholic Church, went home empty-handed despite three nominations.

Also snubbed was “The Big Short,” based on a book about the financial crisis of 2007-2008.

Other films that vied for the best drama prize – and expect to figure in the Oscars conversation – are lesbian romance “Carol” starring Cate Blanchett, harrowing kidnap tale “Room,” and the summer action blockbuster “Mad Max: Fury Road.”

For best actress in a drama, Brie Larson won the Globe for best actress in a drama for “Room,” about a mother and her child held captive in a small room. She bested Blanchett and “Carol” co-star Rooney Mara.

In the best foreign movie category, Hungarian Holocaust drama “Son of Saul” was the winner.

The awards are decided by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, made up of some 90 entertainment editors and writers from 55 countries who report on the industry year-round.

Marriage made in Taiwan

Published มกราคม 11, 2016 by SoClaimon

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TAIWAN-CAMBODIA POLITIC

'I had never thought about going into politics. In Cambodia, democracy was not a familiar concept.It's unbelievable how life turns out.' says Lin Li-chan. Photo/AFP

‘I had never thought about going into politics. In Cambodia, democracy was not a familiar concept.It’s unbelievable how life turns out.’ says Lin Li-chan. Photo/AFP

Lin Li-chan leavs the Education Ministry in Taipei after a meeting. The Cambodian 'new immigrant' to Taiwan is running for parliment as an 'at-large' candidate for the ruling KMT. Photo/AFP

Lin Li-chan leavs the Education Ministry in Taipei after a meeting. The Cambodian ‘new immigrant’ to Taiwan is running for parliment as an ‘at-large’ candidate for the ruling KMT. Photo/AFP

 

from a life in poverty in Cambodia to being sold to a Taiwanese husband,
Lin Li-chan’s next trip down the aisle might be in parliament

A women derided as a “foreign bride” after her cash-strapped Cambodian family married her off through a broker is set to make history at Taiwan’s elections later this week.

Lin Li-chan is running for lawmaker in the parliamentary vote – held alongside the presidential election – and is expected to win, making her the island’s first “new immigrant” legislator.

The term refers to those who came to Taiwan after the first wave of migration from China post-1949, when the island split from the mainland following a civil war.

“I had never thought about going into politics. In Cambodia, democracy was not a familiar concept,” says Lin.

“It’s unbelievable how life turns out.”

Now 38 and a Taiwanese citizen, she was set up by her mother with a Taiwanese husband via a profit-making brokerage at the age of 20.

She moved from the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh to become one of Taiwan’s tens of thousands of immigrant spouses, mainly from Southeast Asia and China.

Their vulnerability has been highlighted by abuse cases in recent years and Lin wants to draw on her own experiences to improve that.

“My father had passed away and my mother was struggling financially at that time. She decided to marry me off and the relatives on my father’s side were angry, thinking she sold me to Taiwan,” Lin explains.

“‘Foreign brides’ like us were labelled as products and looked down upon.”

Unable to speak a word of Chinese, Lin was

wracked with homesickness but determined to adapt.

She picked up the language as she took care of her two children and helped at her husband’s small hardware factory.

But when her children doubted she could help with homework because of her Chinese, Lin decided to go to college.

She went on to university and a master’s degree before becoming an award-winning campaigner for new immigrants.

“I took my graduation robe to Cambodia when I went back to sweep my parents’ graves and tell them the good news, and I cried,” Lin says.

There were more than half a million foreign spouses in Taiwan in 2015, with many marriages arranged by matchmaking brokerages.

Demand for the service is partly driven because there are more men than women of marrying age in Taiwan, and more Taiwanese women are delaying marriage until later in life.

Taiwan banned profit-making brokerages in 2009 and allows only government-authorised organisations to provide international matchmaking.

The move came after a string of high-profile abuse cases including one of a Taiwanese man who enslaved and tortured his Vietnamese ex-wife for seven months. He was jailed for just four-and-half years.

Campaigners say the situation is improving and the term “foreign bride” is now not deemed derogatory. Discrimination, however, remains.

“There is still a negative public perception that the women are bought and that they come to Taiwan to make or con money,” says Hong Man-chi, a spokeswoman of TransAsia Sisters Association, a support group for overseas spouses.

Some employers offer low wages or demand they work overtime without pay, Hong says, knowing they are unfamiliar with labour laws.

A number of politicians have also been criticised for making derogatory public remarks about the women.

“Lin’s nomination symbolises some progress,” adds Lisa Huang, a spokeswoman for the Taiwan International Family Association.

“But it remains to be seen whether hers is an isolated case of success or an overall improvement.”

Lin is number four on the list of “at-large” candidates for the ruling Kuomintang (KMT), seats allocated to a political party based on vote share.

At-large candidates tend to be political novices with expertise in academia or social advocacy.

With the party expected to win around 10 such seats, she is almost guaranteed a place in parliament.

Looking back, Lin – who is still with the husband she married at 20 – says she does not bear any animosity towards her mother.

“I was a naive young woman and I didn’t think too much about it. I just obeyed my mother’s decision,” she says,

But she does wants her experiences to make a difference.

“I hope I can do more for new immigrants as a lawmaker,” says Lin, who now considers herself Taiwanese.

“I think I had a mission in coming to Taiwan… that a foreign woman who didn’t speak or read a word of Chinese can go this far. I think it’s fated.”

 

Paddling back to nobler, simpler (and poorer) times

Published มกราคม 11, 2016 by SoClaimon

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Nattwut Chopchoo and Napapon 'Noon' Kliengmon went retro for their prewedding pictures, photographed by Thongtod Rodwan.

Nattwut Chopchoo and Napapon ‘Noon’ Kliengmon went retro for their prewedding pictures, photographed by Thongtod Rodwan.

Nattwut Chopchoo and Napapon 'Noon' Kliengmon went retro for their prewedding pictures, photographed by Thongtod Rodwan.

Nattwut Chopchoo and Napapon ‘Noon’ Kliengmon went retro for their prewedding pictures, photographed by Thongtod Rodwan.

 

In game-changing news for the designers of fancy wedding gowns, a Thai couple has become an Internet sensation by dressing in centuryold peasant togs for their prenuptial photos.

Nattawut Chopchoo and Napapon “Noon” Kliengmon dressed up like common folk of the early Rattanakosin Era and climbed into a rowboat on a small khlong with lush green orchard in the background.

Nattawut is shirtless and around his lower body wears a wrap-around chong kraben. Noon has the same trouser-like wrap plus a pha taap covering her upper torso. Neither one of them appears to be wearing much makeup as they strike vintage poses and classical stances.

You can see why wedding photos like this would go viral online in an age when the groom typically gets done up like Prince Charming and the bride is engulfed in layers of sumptuous silk and chiffon. Usually both of them are painted to perfection, posing woodenly or whimsically and reeking of too much money (or at least too large an expenditure).

What we’re talking about is Prince Charming versus authentic charm, pretend nobility versus honest humility, and snooty excess versus plain good humour. There is the allure of nostalgia, to be sure, that harking back to simpler times, a rustic boat paddling down a quaint canal. You can see an old wooden pier and a timber bridge that the commuters of old had to duck beneath.

“These photos reminds us of the classic love story of Kwan and Riam in the movie ‘Plae Kao’,” someone commented after seeing the pictures on Pantip.com.

The nearly-weds aren’t actually poor, in case you were wondering. Nattawut Chopchoo, 25, is an engineer and also a musician in Ratchaburi. His aim was to have pre-wedding photos that didn’t appear all rigid and boring. He says he looks forward to smiling every time he revisits the pictures in the future.

He picked the location, a spot he knows well because that’s his grandfather’s orchard in the background, where he grew up. “I’m really glad people love the photos,” Nattawut says. “We only intended to share them with friends on Facebook – we never thought they’d become such a big hit.”

“It was my fiance’s idea to have the pre-wedding photos done like this,” Noon adds. “He wanted to do something unconventional, so he came up with the retro, rustic idea. My parents are delighted that we’ve become the talk of the town.”

It was the photographer, Thongtod Rodwan, who posted the pictures at Pantip, but even so he didn’t expect them to garner rave reviews from the online community. His reward, as well as a measure of fame, is that a lot of people who saw the images at Pantip send him Facebook friend requests.

“Nattawut and Noon decided what they wanted to do before they talked to me,” Thongtod says. “We discussed it and planned it for a month and then did the location shoot in just one day. It was a lot of fun!”

And there’ll be much more fun when the lovebirds – who’ve been a couple for 14 years – finally tie the knot later this month. We somehow doubt they’ll be floating down a khlong for the wedding ceremony, but, hey, that would be nice too.

 

Flowers in the Bangkok night

Published มกราคม 11, 2016 by SoClaimon

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PREVIEW ART SHOW

Chris Coles's latest series includes 'Sunflowers'.

Chris Coles’s latest series includes ‘Sunflowers’.

'Blue Butterfly in the Bangkok' is also Coles' new work.

‘Blue Butterfly in the Bangkok’ is also Coles’ new work.

Coles is better know for his nightlife paintings, such as 'Closing Time Nana Plaza'.

Coles is better know for his nightlife paintings, such as ‘Closing Time Nana Plaza’.

'Turquoise Ladyboy' is among his popular works.

‘Turquoise Ladyboy’ is among his popular works.

 

Noir painter Chris Coles opens a show this week featuring, of all things, blossoms from his mum’s garden

Chris Coles, the American expressionist painter who’s spent so many years in Thailand that every evening stroll becomes a neon nightmare, has suddenly gone all flowery.

Faced with the predicament of having no paintings that his mother back in Maine would be proud to show her friends – his usual subjects are go-go dancers and their lusty patrons – Coles did the rounds of the garden.

And now six floral portraits are among the 21 works going on view in the exhibition “Flowers, One Butterfly and the Bangkok Night”, opening on Thursday at the Brainwake Cafe and Gallery on Sukhumvit Soi 33.

Apart from the buds and the butterfly (of which more in a moment), the pieces in the show are more typical of Coles’ output – snapshots from the garish nightlife of Bangkok and Pattaya (and Phnom Penh, recently added to the itinerary) and of the denizens that crowd into it.

This is no “nightmare” for him, of course, but rather a tantalising and endlessly compelling tableau in need of recording. There are drunks and ladyboys and drunken ladyboys, shrieking signage and hi-so hangers-out.

“Many of my expressionist-style noir paintings are drawn from the context of the Bangkok night, a vast, multi-layered entertainment spectacle that involves all manner of people from Southeast Asia, Asia and the entire world,” Coles says in a promotion for the exhibition.

And amid this spectacle he has witnessed flowers grow, flourish and wither.

“While my ‘Bangkok Night’ paintings are drawn from and inspired by the people, visuals and ambience of the actual Bangkok night, they also present a metaphorical vision of a noir, globalised, modern world where people of every background and status mix and mingle in all sorts of ways, alienated, predatory and calculating, clinging to good intentions as well as bad, with intimacy and feelings both real and imagined.”

There are, he says, “all sorts of consequences and outcomes, both intended and unintended”.

“But in the metaphorical, more generalised sense, Bangkok’s many thousands of night workers can also be seen as colourful, sometimes beautiful, often sweetly fragrant flowers which beckon to the many colourful butterflies and hungry bees floating by to pause, say hello and visit.

“Tragically, the lifespan of these thousands of flowers is often very short, an all-too-rapid but inevitable transition between birth, blooming, replication, decay and death.”

The flowers, as Coles points out, invariably draw the metaphorical butterflies and bees, attracted by their radiance and scent and hungry for their pollen, so to speak. These visitors “are in a rush themselves to mate and replicate before their own brief moment of life in this world comes to an end”.

The metaphor naturally applies perfectly well also to Bangkok’s “tens of thousands of sex workers and their hundreds of thousands of customers”, he says. In fact one suspects that it’s this particular end of the biosphere that Coles had in mind all along.

The artist sheds none of his bold composition and heavy blocks of pigment in rendering what might ostensibly be “delicate” flora. A botanist might be hard-tasked to identify the individual species, but there’s no denying the impact of these canvases.

They’re not going to turn anyone into a naturalist, but they are memorable, and they do sit well alongside “Beer Bar Asoke” and “Midnight Patpong”.

MAKES SCENTS

– “Flowers, One Butterfly and the Bangkok Night” opens at 7pm on Thursday at the the Brainwake Cafe and Gallery, 27/1 Sukhumvit Soi 33, near Peppina’s restaurant .

– The paintings will be taken from the wall as they’re sold, so arrive early to see them all.

– British “noir poet” John Gartland will give a reading from his book “Bangkok: Heart of Noir”, which features illustrations by Chris Coles.

– For more details, check (02) 005 0026.

 

Cultural commentary: a quartet

Published มกราคม 11, 2016 by SoClaimon

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CONTEMPORARY THEATRE

Fillipno-Canadian performer Alvin Erasga Tolentino, left,  collaborates with Thai Pichet Klunchun on 'Unwrapping Cultures'. Photo courtesy of Unwrapping Cultures.

Fillipno-Canadian performer Alvin Erasga Tolentino, left, collaborates with Thai Pichet Klunchun on ‘Unwrapping Cultures’. Photo courtesy of Unwrapping Cultures.

Alliance Francaise brings Pichet Klunchun into the fold for ‘unwrapping culture’

Before the world premiere of Pichet Klunchun Dance Company’s largest work “Dancing with Death” next month in Japan, dancer-choreographer Pichet offers Bangkok audiences a chance to see “Unwrapping Culture”, a piece on which he has been working with Alvin Erasga Tolentino for the past few years and which he staged in Vancouver and Montreal last October.

A Manila-born and Vancouver-based choreographer, dancer, teacher and designer Tolentino was awarded the Vancouver Mayor’s Arts Award for dance in recognition of his contributions to the field and to the city’s cultural communities.

“I’ve been following Pichet’s artistic development and needless to say his importance in the Thai dance culture is immense,” Tolentino tells XP.

“I’ve been back to Thailand several times wanting to create artistic relations with the country and encountering Pichet at so many levels has been profound.

“Perhaps what drew me most to collaborating with him is his interest in the traditional and the contemporary – his need to find an alternative artistic and political voice using traditional forms, as in his method and practice of khon, and bridging the ideas and movements into contemporary expression.

“I’m very fond of this cultural bridging that recognises cultural history and heritage while responding to contemporary pulses and current social currents issues. I think what Pichet does in khon is quite relevant to emerging new practice, especially in dance.”

Tolentino adds that Pichet put forward the idea of their working together on “Unwrapping Culture”, the original version of which was a solo work by Pichet that Tolentino watched in person at the Ton Son Gallery in 2010.

“Its messages are global and can easily be comprehended by the audience. For example, it deals with the idea of excess, materialism, who makes decisions on culture, how we deal with our consumerism realities, when it will stop and how we can ponder and realise what’s actually going on in our world and society.

“I think choosing this work is both natural, simplistic if you prefer, and very complex at the same time. It allowed me to enter and understand Thai culture during the process and do more research. It also forces me to accept realities and what I did not know.”

As for the change from the solo version, Tolentino notes, “The materials have been expanded and re-worked so that you see two bodies in the space expressing two ideas that are politically voiced. We force the audience to be part of the work and it’s very relevant to the delivery of the performance. It’s not traditional but a way of finding new meanings and experiences in attending cultural events and how the audience matters.”

“In fact, Pichet and I always say, ‘The work is not a duet, but a quartet’.”

Tolentino says that the work was received with exceptional praise at the two Canadian venues.

“Some audience members were very moved after seeing the kind of devastation that such a performance can express about the world we live in, objects and our attachment to things and consumerism.”

Canada’s dance magazine The Dance Current, was also moved, commenting, “Many of the vignettes in ‘Unwrapping Culture’ ridicule materialism and waste, attacking globalisation and the co-opting of culture for economic gain. Klunchun’s warmth was infectious, and while the approach was light-hearted, the work tackled serious concerns about social change – the erosion of religion and tradition in favour of technology and consumerism. There was some lag in pacing with the construction of scenes, but it did succeed in engaging attention while posing important questions with great moments of charm and reflection, as well as visual playfulness.”

As for Bangkok, Tolentino says, “We’re responding to the venue at the Alliance Francaise as this will be performed in the cafe space, not the auditorium. Everything will be stripped to install the work. The piece is meant for travel and responds to unconventional staging, so it will be different, especially because we’re bringing it back to a Thai audience.”

After Bangkok, “Unwrapping Culture” will be staged in Manila, and next year in Canada.

CURTAIN UP

– “Unwrapping Culture” will be performed at 7.30pm on Friday and Saturday at Cafe 1912 at the Alliance Fran็aise.

– Tickets cost Bt400 (Bt300 for students and members). Call (02) 670 4233 or check AFThailande.org.

Seoul braces for big art names

Published มกราคม 11, 2016 by SoClaimon

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KOREA’S CONTEMPORARY ART

Anish Kapoor with his 2007 work “CCurve” at the Palace of Versailles in France. He will bring new sculptures this year to Seoul’s Kukje Gallery, which hosted shows by him in 2003 and 2008. Photo/Reuters

Anish Kapoor with his 2007 work “CCurve” at the Palace of Versailles in France. He will bring new sculptures this year to Seoul’s Kukje Gallery, which hosted shows by him in 2003 and 2008. Photo/Reuters

Olafur Eliasson delivered a block of Greenland ice to the Paris World Climate Change Conference last month. He’ll have a solo show at the Leeum Samsung Museum. Photo/Reuters

Olafur Eliasson delivered a block of Greenland ice to the Paris World Climate Change Conference last month. He’ll have a solo show at the Leeum Samsung Museum. Photo/Reuters

 

Anish Kapoor and Olafur Eliasson will exhibit works in South Korea this year

Museum and galleries in Seoul are getting ready to excite art-lovers with an impressive line-up this year.

Some of the most anticipated names include Korean masters Lee Jung-seob, Yoo Young-guk, Chung Chang-sub and Nam June Paik, while Anish Kapoor and Olafur Eliasson are among the foreigners to be featured.

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of two giants of Korean art – Lee Jung-seob and Yoo Young-guk. The National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art will hold extensive exhibitions featuring the masters’ works at its Deoksugung Palace branch museum.

The event opens with a solo exhibition of work by Lee (1916-56), best known for his painting of a fighting bull. The exhibition from June 1 to September 25 is expected to be the most comprehensive retrospective of Lee’s work. Gathering so much of it in one place has been a challenge since most of his paintings are privately owned, but the show will offer a broad overview of his philosophy and life.

Yoo Young-guk (1916-2002), one of the first-generation abstract artists in Korea, will be under the spotlight at the Museum’s Deoksugung branch from October 14 to February 5, 2017. Some 120 abstract paintings, 20 sketches and works in other media will be on view, offering insight into the artist’s experiments throughout his career to create geometric abstract images.

Following a series of successful solo shows in 2015 of dansaekhwa – Korean monochrome art – the Kukje Gallery is presenting another, this one featuring Chung Chang-sup (1927-2011) and running from February 26 to March 27.

Chung is known for his “unpainted paintings”, made with Korean dak (mulberry) paper soaked in water and then moulded onto a flat canvas. Chung sought to explore Taoist beliefs, balancing materials and nature.

Gallery Hyundai marks the 10th anniversary of the death of media-art pioneer Nam June Paik (1932-2006) with an exhibition showcasing 40 of his works, including objects and records from his shamanic performance in the backyard of the gallery in 1990.

“Nam June Paik: When He was in Seoul” will open on January 28, the anniversary of the eve of his death a decade ago. The Seoul Museum of Art will exhibit its collection of Nam works in June.

Indian-British sculptor Anish Kapoor, famous for immense sculptures, will have a solo exhibition in the latter half of this year at the Kukje Gallery, which hosted shows by him in 2003 and 2008. Kapoor is expected to bring new sculptures.

He’s best known for his gigantic “Cloud Gate” in Chicago and “Orbit Tower”, made for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Kapoor’s works were also shown in the gardens of the Palace of Versailles outside Paris last year, following an exhibition of Korean monochrome artist Lee U-fan.

The Leeum Samsung Museum of Art will present the first solo exhibition in South Korea of Danish artist Olafur Eliasson in October.

Eliasson, known for his large installations incorporating natural elements such as sunlight, water and air, was introduced to local audiences with his installation “Gravity Stairs” at the museum, which featured mirrors and LED tubes arranged according to the order of the planets in the solar system.

 

The nectar of the GODS

Published มกราคม 8, 2016 by SoClaimon

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AFTER DARK

Bangkok becomes the first city in Southeast Asia to welcome The Balvenie Lounge

THE BALVENIE, one of the world’s most revered and luxurious hand-crafted single-malt Speyside Scotch whiskies, now has a permanent home in Bangkok above the cigar and spirits boutique Cohiba Atmosphere in Ploenchit.

The Balvenie Lounge, the first of its kind in Southeast Asia, is inspired by The Balvenie distillery in Scotland, and provides an intimate venue for enjoying an exquisite range of single malts while surrounded by shelves and showcases of premium Speyside whiskies.

The atmosphere is luxurious and private with lots of rich, dark wood and elegant forms that take guests on a a journey into the production of the world’s premier handcrafted single malt. The d้cor is inspired by the colours of The Balvenie Distillery in Dufftown, Scotland, incorporating the notions of the exquisite hand-crafted touch of The Balvenie makers – the Malt Master, craftsmen, coppersmiths and coopers, all experts in their respective fields.

The design language is exclusive yet intimate, traditional yet modern, masterful yet unassuming – an ideal environment in which to chat, sip and appreciate one of the most decorated whiskies.

Neil Strachan, The Balvenie regional brand ambassador, Scotch whisky enthusiast and passionate advocate of premium hand-crafted malts, explains.

“Our vision for The Balvenie is that it becomes the malt whisky enthusiast’s favourite. As such, it is extremely important that we are able to foster a close connection between the distillery and drinkers of The Balvenie. The Balvenie Lounge Bangkok does just that, putting our customers in direct contact not only with a world-leading range of luxury whisky bottlings, but also with the very heart of The Balvenie’s Scottish distillery.”

The Balvenie is unique in the world of masterfully produced single malts because of the distillery’s “5 Rare Crafts”. The Balvenie is one of the few distilleries that still grows its own barley at The Balvenie Mains Farm which adjoins the distillery, which is then floor-malted in the traditional way to add complexity.

The Balvenie’s own coppersmiths are charged with upkeep of the stills, defining the smooth, honeyed flavour of the whisky. The casks provide much of the character, with the preparation managed by highly skilled in-house coopers. Finally, David Stewart, the Malt Master, ensures the taste of each whisky makes the absolute best of the complex alchemy of spirit, wood and time.

The Balvenie Lounge offers the complete portfolio of The Balvenie’s single malt bottlings, each unique, but all rich, luxuriously smooth and underpinned by that distinctive honeyed character. They include The Balvenie Double Wood 12 Year Old, so named for its maturation in two wood types, giving a smooth and mellow taste of sweet nut and cinnamon. The highly lauded The Balvenie Caribbean Cask 14 Year Old is finished in casks that previously contained Caribbean rum, with a taste of oak and light vanilla.

The Balvenie Double Wood 17 Year Old is matured in American oak and European sherry casks, offering a taste of sherbet, creamy toffee, toasted almonds, with a spicy honey finish. Other highlights are The Balvenie Portwood Aged 21 Years, The Balvenie Thirty and The Balvenie Forty. Prices range from Bt500 to Bt5,000 a glass, and Bt5,000 to Bt100,000 a bottle.

The Balvenie Single Malt Scotch Whisky is produced by William Grant & Sons Ltd, an award-winning independent family-owned distiller founded by William Grant in 1886 and today run by his direct descendants.

Find good parties in Bangkok

Published มกราคม 8, 2016 by SoClaimon

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The Nation  FRI, 8 JAN, 2016 11:59 AM

 

In with the yucks : Open-mic hilarity returns to the Comedy Club Bangkok on Sukhumvit Soi 33/1 tonight with newcomers joining Bangkok’s ever-more-seasoned local joke vendors. Headlining are American Stevo Joslin, currently thriving on Cambodian stages, and David Ale from the UK. Tickets cost Bt350 and that includes a drink and subsequent beers for just Bt85.

Hands up for Fingaz

Party with DJ Fingaz tonight at Ku De Ta Bangkok near the Chong Nonsi BTS station. One of the premier DJs at the high-energy mega-clubs of Las Vegas, LA and currently Hong Kong, Fingaz brings dextrous DJ skills and a philosophy of “good music, no gimmicks”. More than 200 cities in 50 countries cannot be wrong about this guy. Call (02) 108 2000.

Brace for the breeze

The tornado from Sao Paulo, Brazil – DJ Marky – returns to Glow on Sukhumvit Soi 23 tonight. Nominated for Mixmag’s Greatest DJ of All Time award, Marky’s incredible technical skill, showmanship and unparalleled ear for music ensure him standout status. Just ask Carl Cox and Laurent Garnier, who’ve invited him to perform with them. More at http://www.Facebook.com/MixmagAsia.

Killer on the loose

Ku De Ta Bangkok is hosting a party with DJ Cut Killer on Wednesday. An authentically international DJ, Cut Killer became the first French spinner booked in the US, through Funkmaster Flex’s DJ Big Dawg Pitbulls and 50 Cent’s Shadyville DJs, thanks to his versatility, mixing urban style with rock, pop and reggae. Entry is free, as is Champagne for the ladies from 9 to 11.

Down in the Dubway

Dubway Session kicks off 2016 with the booming sounds by DJ Flava D on Wednesday at Grease on Sukhumvit Soi 49. Having gained serious recognition for her releases on labels like Butterz and Formula, Flava D will be joined by Bangkok’s very own DJs Orawan and Pichy and MC Sinamon. Ladies get in for free and it’s Bt350 for others.

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Nothing made up in Zuii makeup

Published มกราคม 7, 2016 by SoClaimon

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BEAUTY

 

Imported from Australia, these organic cosmetics save you from applying poison to your lips

THE AVERAGE woman who wears lipstick will end up “eating” around three kilograms of it in her lifetime. Applying talc once a week increases the risk of ovarian cancer by 36 per cent. Your skin doesn’t just protect; it absorbs – soaking in as much as 60 per cent of the substances applied to it. So you need to be careful about what’s applied.

Now Thai firm Trapa has imported from Australia a line of products called Zuii Organic Cosmetics that was recently unveiled at Siam Paragon.

The variety and colours are comparable to any brand of cosmetics, but the Zuii range is free of the chemicals, parabens (preservatives), talcum and isopropyl alcohol typically found in cosmetics.

TMF Cosmetics and Zuii Organic director Rose Beesey, who was in Bangkok for the launch, founded the company in 1980 as a manufacturer of those typical cosmetics, but then she had a change of heart. She embraced nature and began using with not just natural ingredients but also “certified organic” ingredients. The Zuii line took seven years to develop and hit the market in 2008.

“I found that the world of cosmetics needed an option,” Beesey said. “Consumers are more health-conscious now in terms of what we wear and what we eat, and no one wants to harm the environment. Zuii is constantly developing with the aim of seeing what we can do to make a difference.

“When I used to create traditional cosmetics, I used synthetics such as parabens and petrochemicals, not natural ingredients, but all the research showed that these are not good for the health. So I did my own research on natural ingredients to see if I could develop a natural range of coloured cosmetics that could really be certified organic, using the purest natural ingredients, like waxes and essential oils.”

Zuii is certified as an organic brand, all the products being made from the petals of roses, jasmine and camomile as well as floral oils.

“Our formula gives a more natural finish rather than a flat finish, and it’s also nourishing to the skin, rather than causing problems,” Beesey said. “So it’s much like a nutrient skincare line, but it’s a cosmetic line, so it’s very unique. We don’t use talc because it creates allergies. The flower petals give the skin a healthy glow. The skin pores aren’t blocked. Even people with damaged skin can use Zuii.”

The colour range is remarkably extensive given the organic base. “The market demands bright, fun colours. At Zuii we want to serve both the customers and the market and also offer a fun line – without doing any harm. Zuii can be positioned at the top in the market like any traditional cosmetic brand and the customer can chose.”

Beesey said she regards her natural ingredients as people – “because they sometimes don’t like each other”.

“Sometimes you might have a beautiful type of oil, but it might not ‘like’ another type of oil. Each colour, too, is very much its own person, very unique.

“But I think this makes it fun for the consumer, because they can get different effects. One lipstick is different from another, even if they both have the same formula. The colour of lipsticks comes from the minerals, and different blends give different shades.”

Lipstick, she noted, needs staying power, or, as she put it, “stain power”.

“The waxes and oils we use in the lipstick help stain the lips while also moisturising, whereas synthetic ingredients will dry out the lips. The whole idea of the line is to preserve, using synergy, like essential oil looking after itself.”

 

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