A wedding and a funeral May 9, 2007Posted by elizabethwong in Art & Visuals, Event, Malaysia, Note2Self.
Perak’s abuzz with news that the state’s most famous bachelor will, at long last, tie the knot.
For those of us who know the bride-to-be, we can finally exhale with relief!
For some years now, every occasion the old Ipoh Swimming Club gang got together, her poor brother Faris Davidson had to dodge our questions, “When-lah the wedding? Got party or not??”
After the long wait, even some of us weren’t quite ready. My brother sms-ed, “Confirm or not?”
Not wanting a media circus that was Siti Nurhaliza’s wedding, the palace had asked for discretion. But the Utusan group published Zara‘s name on Tuesday, with a most unflattering photograph (Oy! She’s heaps more gorgeous that that!), thus earning a rare royal admonishment.
I may have to bite my republican tongue a little harder than usual for the next few months.
This week saw a great loss to the Malaysian art movement.
Redza Piyadasa passed away on Monday at the age of 67. Below is an excerpt of his biodata from the Prince Claus Fund organisation, which awarded him the Prince Claus award in 1998.
Redza Piyadasa (1939, Kuantan, Malaysia) devotes himself both to the practice and to the theory of art. During the sixties and seventies he filled a serious vacuum, at a time when there was scarcely any debate in his country on the subject of art history or art criticism. Partly due to his persistent efforts, the situation is now quite different. In his many publications, both in English and in Malay, in his countless articles in the Malaysian press and also in his work as an artist, he examines the contexts of art and their significance for the construction of artistic traditions and artistic values. His interest is centred on modern Asian art, which he places in relation to traditional Asian art forms and Western contemporary art. Piyadasa’s art – such as the collage-like ‘Malaysian Series’, which he has been working on since 1980 – and his art criticism are his answer to neo-nationalistic, Islamic and globalisation currents in Malaysia, which have threatened to marginalise minority groups and alternatives.
Seated Malay Girl
Medium: Mixed media
Size: 33 x 64.8 cm.
(Singapore Art Museum)