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Art And Design

  • ‘No Country’: Common borders in contemporary art

    A contemporary art exhibition is exploring the intertwined histories of nations in South and Southeast Asia and the dynamic relations that challenge typical definitions of the regions.

  • From Java to the world

    Wayang puppet maker Mulyono of Gunungan art workshop has expanded his mastery in the Javanese-style art by creating gunungan, or mountain symbols seen in wayang shows, with batik-style carvings from Pekalongan, Central Java.

  • Paris Art Fair

    Chinese artist Li Wei performs in the Grand Palais during the Paris Art Fair, in Paris, on Thursday. Art Paris Art Fair, which runs from the 27th to the 30th of March 2014, brings together some 140 galleries from 20 countries under the dome of the Grand Palais. (AP/Thibault Camus)

  • Batik with an Italian touch

    Batik is moving to a new level.

    One of Italy’s oldest fashion schools, Koefia, has not only included batik fashion in its curriculum, but has also paraded its stylish designs on the catwalk.

  • ‘Discourse of the Past’ Titarubi’s take on history

    Titarubi, whose work has been collected and exhibited throughout Asia and Europe, displayed five pieces in the exhibition, including sculptures, installations and a drawing series.

  • Mahendra Yasa’s leap from the ordinary

    Painter Gede Mahendra Yasa rarely included Balinese elements in his previous works because he preferred the Western contemporary style.

  • Sculptors make their mark near Borobudur

    In the hamlet of Prumpung in Muntilan, Central Java, several hundred people make their living as sculptors. The craft is traditional: They claim to be the direct descendants those who built Borobudur temple, which lies about 12 kilometers away.

  • Duck men of Tengkulak

    As a youngster growing up in the wood carving village of Tengkulak on Ubud’s outskirts, Ngurah Umum learned to sculpt the masks needed in religious dances.

  • Decoding batik

    To know batik better, especially why premium batik cloth can cost millions of rupiah for a cloth measuring around 1 by 1.5 meters, the first thing is to recognize the definition of batik.

  • From trash to glittering jewelry

    The sounds of hammers and saws emerge from a house in Malang, East Java, blending with music in the background. Inside, four workers craft silver jewelry.