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A BTS-inspired exhibit is now open at the oldest museum in the Philippines

  • The University of Santo Tomas (UST) Museum – the oldest museum in the Philippines – has launched an exhibit inspired by K-pop boy group BTS so that ARMY can go “Namjooning.”
  • “UST Goes Namjooning: Capturing Moments on Campus” highlights both the university campus and BTS with photos, merchandise and games.
  • “Namjooning” is a term that was coined by BTS leader RM – whose birth name is Nam-joon – after a fan asked him on Weverse about his summer vacation plans back in 2019.

ARMY can now go “Namjooning” at an exhibit inspired by K-pop boy group BTS at the University of Santo Tomas (UST) Museum, the oldest museum in the Philippines.   

According to its website, the museum was established in 1869 to comply with a Philippine law that required “first class colleges” to have natural history museums. 

‘Vietnamese Lady’ painting by Le Pho sells for over half a million dollars

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  • An ink and gouache painting by late Vietnamese painter Le Pho titled “Vietnamese Lady” sold for 781,200 Singapore dollars (approximately $558,629) during Sotheby’s Modern and Contemporary Art live auction in Singapore on Sunday.
  • Measuring 11.22 inches by 9.25 inches, the 1938 work depicts a young woman wearing the Vietnamese national garment — the áo dài — while sitting in a traditional wooden chair.
  • The auction house described the work as "exquisitely painted and exceptionally rare," showcasing the artist’s "unparalleled technical mastery in handling silk as a medium."
  • Sotheby's featured 50 paintings by 37 artists from Southeast Asia during the auction, with Pho having the most works featured with eight in total.
  • In April 2017, Pho’s painting "Family Life" sold for over $1 million at Sotheby's Hong Kong auction house, making him the first Vietnamese artist to breach the million U.S. dollar mark.

The painting “Vietnamese Lady” by late Vietnamese painter Le Pho sold for 781,200 Singapore Dollars (approximately $558,629) at an auction at Sotheby’s in Singapore over the weekend.

The art piece, an ink and gouache painting on silk created in 1938, was sold to a Vietnamese collector during Sotheby’s Modern and Contemporary Art live auction on Sunday.

Los Angeles calls on public for ideas for memorial to 1871 Chinese Massacre victims

  • On Aug. 19, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, along with the city’s Department of Cultural Affairs, the office of Councilmember Kevin de León and El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument, released a request for ideas for conceptual proposals to develop a memorial for the victims of the 1871 Chinese Massacre.
  • The mass killing, which has been largely forgotten, saw a mob of hundreds murder at least 18 Chinese men in a racially motivated attack in the old Chinatown neighborhood on Oct. 24, 1871.
  • The memorial will be built to raise public awareness of the massacre and acknowledge the past and current tensions over race and violence.
  • The proposals, which are due by Oct. 12, will be reviewed by arts and design experts who will select five artists to receive a $15,000 stipend to develop their concepts and present them in a public forum.

The city of Los Angeles has called on the public for ideas in developing a memorial to the victims of the 1871 Chinese Massacre. 

The mass killing, which has been largely forgotten, saw an eruption of gunfire at around 4 p.m. on Oct. 24, 1871. A mob of hundreds murdered at least 18 Chinese men in a racially motivated attack in the old Chinatown neighborhood.

TAAF, Panda Express invest over $500,000 into AAPI artists

Last week, Panda Express revealed a $1 million grant to The Asian American Foundation (TAAF) to elevate AAPI representation. Now, TAAF, Panda Express, The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and the Sundance Institute are teaming up to provide over $500,000 in funds for a fellowship and scholarship to elevate emerging AAPI talent.

This year, six artists were accepted into the fellowship which includes a $20,000 unrestricted grant for each to fund their projects plus additional, customized support from the Institute.

An additional six emerging artists will also receive TAAF/Sundance scholarships this year that will allow them to enroll in a live online course of their unique discipline, receive a Creator+ Sundance Collab membership to access Master Classes, participate in exclusive networking and community-building events, and receive guidance from their Sundance Collab Advisors on their projects.

Luxembourg art exhibit issues response to photographer Jingna Zhang’s accusations of plagiarism

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  • Photographer Jingna Zhang, whose accusations earlier this month of a painter plagiarizing her work received the backing of the internet, recently shared the art exhibition’s response.
  • Zhang had previously posted on her social media that a painter in Luxembourg had “ripped off” her photo and won a 1,500 Euro (approximately $1,570) cash prize.
  • The organizers of the exhibition responded on Friday, expressing their commitment to copyright and assuring they were not aware of Zhang’s works prior to awarding art student Jeff Dieschburg the prize.
  • They concluded by stating they would remain “impartial” by allowing each side’s respective lawyers to decide the case.
  • Zhang recently hired Luxembourg-based firm partner Vincent Wellens, who emphasized that they would be giving “priority to dialogue” and noted that no complaint had been filed yet.

Photographer Jingna Zhang, whose accusations earlier this month of a painter plagiarizing her work received the backing of the internet, recently shared the response from the art exhibition which shows the painting in question. 

Zhang had previously posted on her social media that a painter in Luxembourg had “ripped off” her photo and won a 1,500-euro (approximately $1,570) cash prize at the 11th Biennale of Contemporary Art of the municipality of Strassen.

Royal Opera to stage ‘Madame Butterfly’ with racist parts removed after ‘year-long consultation’

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  • The Royal Opera will implement changes to the makeup, costumes and movement of its revival production of the classic opera “Madame Butterfly” this month.
  • The changes come following a year-long consultation with “academics, practitioners, performers and Asian representatives.”
  • While Royal Opera director Oliver Mears considers Puccini’s work a masterpiece, he noted that it is also a “product of its time.”
  • The Royal Opera House will also host a free exhibition for audiences to “explore and contextualize the complicated history and context of the piece, addressing issues that include stereotyping and imperialism.”

British opera company the Royal Opera will stage a version of the classical opera “Madame Butterfly” this month with the racist parts removed, the company said. 

The production will open at the Royal Opera House in London on June 14. It is the result of a year-long consultation that explored how traditional operas can be more sensitively presented in contemporary times.

Vancouver Chinatown community ‘disheartened’ after mural is vandalized weeks after being created

  • “Fu Lu Shou Xi,” a mural in Vancouver’s Chinatown, was vandalized with bubble graffiti on Sunday morning.
  • The artwork, located on the Ten Ren Tea and Ginseng Company building, was completed just five weeks ago by artist Carolyn Wong.
  • The mural was commissioned by the Vancouver Chinatown Business Improvement Association (BIA) in partnership with the Vancouver Mural Festival and Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden.
  • Bradley Spence, who owns a nearby store, released surveillance footage of the vandalism.
  • The incident follows a series of vandalisms in the neighborhood, which became more frequent throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

A mural completed just five weeks ago in Vancouver’s Chinatown is now gone after falling to vandalism on Sunday morning.

The artwork, titled “Fu Lu Shou Xi” and created by artist Carolyn Wong, was located on the Ten Ren Tea and Ginseng Company building at the southeast corner of Main and Pender Streets.

‘The Circle’ viewers accuse contestant of racism toward Yu Ling Wu

  • Some fans of Netflix's reality show “The Circle” are accusing 36-year-old contestant Eversen Bevelle of being racist toward 26-year-old fellow contestant Yu Ling Wu.
  • During a particular segment from Season 4’s 11th episode, each player is tasked to paint a portrait of someone else.
  • In Bevelle’s painting, Wu is depicted with “slanted eyes,” “big teeth” and “claws for hands,” as noted by a Reddit user.
  • “It’s one thing to call someone out for being a snake or backstabbing, but I think he went too far in his evil Asian monster portrayal of hers,” the user added.
  • Bevelle later explained that the painting was a “strategic move” because he needed to create a “sense of doubt about our influencer.“

Some fans of Netflix’s reality show “The Circle” are accusing one of its contestants of being racist toward Season 4’s lone Asian American player.

Viewers have highlighted a particular segment from the season’s 11th episode in which each player is tasked to create a portrait of someone else. During the segment, 36-year-old Eversen Bevelle painted 26-year-old fellow contestant Yu Ling Wu.

Thai YouTuber wows internet with huge origami city and working train system made entirely of paper

  • Darunbhop Puangsombat, 29, became an online star after making a miniature paper city with different structures, from police stations and apartment buildings to restaurants and a functional train system.
  • The YouTuber took almost a year to finish his project, which was designed around the features of Bangkok.
  • Puangsombat has also made a replica of a NASA space rocket and an Imperial II-Class Star Destroyer from the hit sci-fi franchise “Star Wars.” The latter became so popular online that someone reportedly offered to buy it for almost 2 million baht (approximately $58,660).

A Thai YouTuber has amazed the internet by creating an origami city with a fully working train made entirely of paper.

It took Darunbhop Puangsombat, 29, almost a year to design and create his paper project. The artist, who is also a content creator and freelancer in media production, designed his city around the features of Bangkok.

Photo exhibit honoring legendary Asian American photographer Corky Lee opens in New York City

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When Corky Lee studied American History at Queens College in New York, the young Chinese American saw a photograph in a book that featured workers celebrating the completion of the transcontinental railroad at Promontory Summit in Utah. Lee was surprised to read that there were more than 12,000 workers from southern China who were employed by the Central Pacific Railroad, a U.S. railway company founded in the 1860s. ​Despite using the best magnifying glass he could find at Woolworth’s to study the black-and-white photo closely, Lee could not find a single Chinese person. 

“History — at least photographically — says that the Chinese were not present,” Lee told NPR in 2014.

Mystery vase that sat in UK family’s kitchen turns out to be Qing-dynasty treasure worth $1.5 million

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  • A U.K. family discovered that the decorative vase in their home is actually a rare Chinese relic from the 1700s.
  • The vase, which features symbols of the Qianlong Emperor's Daoist beliefs, was left unmoved in the kitchen for decades.
  • An antiques specialist chanced upon the item during a house visit and informed the family of its background and true worth.
  • On May 18, U.K. auctioneer Dreweatts sold the vase for over £1.2 million (approximately $1.5 million).

A U.K. family recently discovered that a decorative vase in their kitchen is actually a rare Chinese artifact now worth more than a million dollars.

On May 18, the 2-foot-tall vase was sold by U.K. auctioneer Dreweatts for £1.2 million (approximately $1.5 million). 

Cambodia’s 1,500-year-old Krishna statue showcased in National Museum of Asian Art virtual experience

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  • An immersive experience featuring the newly restored, 1,500-year-old Cambodian stone sculpture “Krishna Lifting Mountain Govardhan” is currently on display at the National Museum of Asian Art (NMAA).
  • Restoration of the statue was undertaken by the Cleveland Museum of Art’s conservation specialists with permission from the Government of the Kingdom of Cambodia.
  • Apart from the newly-restored Krishna’s unveiling, the exhibit is also integrating an interactive design that employs art, virtual tours and immersive video installations to tell the sculpture’s story.
  • The exhibition also includes the showing of an original short film called “Satook” by renowned Cambodian American filmmaker PraCh Ly.
  • “Revealing Krishna: Journey to Cambodia’s Sacred Mountain” can be viewed from April 30 to  Sept. 18, 2022.

The National Museum of Asian Art (NMAA) is currently hosting a focus exhibition featuring the newly restored, 1,500-year-old Cambodian stone sculpture “Krishna Lifting Mountain Govardhan.” 

“Revealing Krishna: Journey to Cambodia’s Sacred Mountain,” which can be viewed from April 30 to  Sept. 18, 2022, presents the story and context behind the restoration undertaken by the Cleveland Museum of Art conservation specialists.