Bagri Recommends July Round-Up

SAFAR: Generational Encounters in Arab Cinema

1-17 July

The SAFAR Film Festival is the only festival in the UK dedicated to cinema from the Arab world. Founded in 2012 and running biennially since then, SAFAR offers a unique space for audiences to connect with, explore, and celebrate the diversity of Arab cinema past, present, and future. The 2021 edition of SAFAR is curated by Rabih El-Khoury around the theme of Generational Encounters in Arab Cinema, showcasing contemporary and classic films with emergent youth, familial disparities and societal tensions at their centre.

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Modern Japanese Lacquer - Out of the Box at the Rijksmuseum

1 July 2021 - 4 September 2022

There’s something magical about Japanese lacquer art. The decorations are made with exceptional care and skill using dozens of layers of lacquer in a process that takes months if not years.

In this exhibition, traditional depictions in gold, silver and black form the departure point for a journey into modernity, creativity and exuberant colours. The almost seventy objects on display trace this development in the early 20th century.

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Sound of Syria at King's Place

7 July 2021

The London Syrian Ensemble is a stunning collective of eight musicians and graduates from Syria’s renowned Damascus Conservatoire. Led by composer and Neysoloist Louai Alhenawi, this show marks the worldwide debut of their new project ‘Sounds of Syria’.

This dynamic and emotional work brings to the stage, for the first time, new instrumental arrangements by composers from Syria and portrays the impact of ten years of war on the work of their music, both at home and abroad.

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Virtual Tours Through Asia: Rise of Buddhist Art in China

3 July 2021

From the oldest dated Chinese Buddha, still glittering with gold, to a larger-than-life wooden bodhisattva still serene after centuries, the museum’s unparalleled collection traces the introduction and evolution of Buddhism across China. Follow this historical path with magnificent artworks: sometimes minimalist, sometimes lavish, and always magnetic. 

With Dr. Fan Zhang, Barbara and Gerson Bakar, Curator of China, Asian Art Museum, San Francisco.

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Wang Tuo: Empty-handed into History at UCCA

6 June 2021 - 5 September 2021

Wang Tuo’s works grow from an array of filmmaking strategies and methodologies: spatiotemporal and narrative overlap, inventive restructuring of historical texts, and a gloomy, calm visual language. In his first institutional solo exhibition, UCCA presents a systematic overview of his work, including the premiere of “The Northeast Tetralogy,” a major series produced over the past four years. “The Northeast Tetralogy” stems from the artist’s in-depth field research into the history and practice of shamanistic rituals, reflecting on the history of Northeast Asia and the rupture of modernization as it played out in the region.

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Tokyo: Art and Photography at Ashmolean Museum

29 July 2021 - 3 January 2022

This major exhibition will explore Tokyo through the varied and vibrant arts it has generated over 400 years, from its beginnings as the headquarters of the Tokugawa shoguns in the early 1600s to the sprawling modern metropolis and dynamic centre of art, photography and design it is today.

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Featured image credits: Uguisudani-zu by Aida Makoto, 1990 © Aida Makoto. Private Collection. Courtesy Mizuma Art Gallery. As part of Tokyo: Art & Photography at the Ashmolean Museum. 

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