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Friday, November 03, 2006

Asia House programme

Those of you interested in Asian art, who find yourselves in and around London in the near future might be interested in some of these events organised by Asia House. Students get a reduced rate (though several are limited to Asia House members only). I'd like to go to the Yan Kit So Memorial - the speaker, Fuchsia Dunlop, has written a collection of recipes from Mao Zedong's home province, Hunan, entitled 'The Revolutionary Cookbook', which has gone on my Christmas list! £35 is just too expensive though. Shame. :(

Asia House Programme

Booking is now open for our November Programme.

Japan From Prehistory to the Present
Gallery talk at the new Japanese Galleries at the British Museum led by Tim Clark.
The Japanese Collections at the British Museum are the most comprehensive in Europe, totalling over 30,000 objects.

Thursday 2nd November 6.30-7.30pm at the British Museum
Admission: £5 Asia House Members

Panel Discussion ­
Beyond the Page: Contemporary Art from Pakistan
Moderated by curator Hammad Nasar, this mixture of film, visuals and discussion explores how Pakistani artists have transformed traditional miniature painting into a contemporary art practice.
Saturday 4 November 10.30am-1pm at Asia House (Two Sessions- Session 1: 10.30 ­ 11.45; Session 2: 12.00 ­ 1.00)
Asia House Members and Concessions £4/ Non-members £7

Lecture: The Centhini Story
Lecture by Kesty Pringgoharjono
The Centhini Story is one of the oldest surviving manuscripts in Indonesia, encompassing art, music, divination, erotic knowledge, religious speculation and mysticism. The lecture will be followed by an Indonesian buffet.
Wednesday 8th November at Asia House, Doors 6.30pm, Lecture 6.45-7.45
Asia House members and concessions £4/ Non-members £7

Lecture - The Shan of Burma: Princes and Palaces
Lecture by Dr Susan Conway
Dr Susan Conway, research associate at the School for Oriental and African Studies, tells the fascinating story of the Shan States and its people which occupy a quarter of the country of Myanmar. Thursday 9th November at Asia House, Doors 6.30pm, Lecture 6.45-7.45
Asia House members and concessions £ 4, Non-members £ 7

Lecture ­ Made for Maharajas: A Design Diary of Princely India
Lecture by Amin Jaffar
Amin Jaffar, curator in the Asian Department of the V&A, in his latest book explores the fascination among Indian royals for western luxury goods especially during the height of the British Raj.
Monday 13th November at Asia House, Doors 6.30pm, Lecture 6.45-7.45
Asia House members and concessions £ 4, Non-members £ 7

Collecting Workshop: Celadon
Led by Phillip Allen
The first in two events kindly sponsored by Mr. Giuseppe Eskenazi (one of London's leading Oriental art dealers) this meeting is devoted to celadon ceramics. Members of Asia House and the Oriental Ceramic Society have the option to bring any celadon ceramics they wish to discuss.
Tuesday 14 November at Asia House, Workshop 3.30-5.00pm
Free to Asia House members (booking required)

Lecture ­ Oh Tae Suk, Shakespeare and Popular Theatre
Lecture by John Russell Brown
John Russell Brown, author of New Sites for Shakespeare: theatre, the audience and Asia, examines the essential elements in Oh Tae Suk's work, with particular reference to his Romeo and Juliet brought here by Asia House, playing at the Pit, Barbican Centre from 23 November ­ 9 December.
Wednesday 15th November at Asia House, Doors 6.30pm, Lecture 6.45-7.45
Asia House members and concessions £ 4, Non-members £ 7

Yan Kit So Memorial: Hunan Food
Lecture by Fuchsia Dunlop followed by canapé reception
Fuchsia Dunlop will deliver this year¹s lecture and will be discussing Hunan Food. She is one of the few Europeans to have trained in China as a chef and was encouraged and inspired by Yan Kit So. This year's lecture will also launch the Yan Kit So Memorial Bursary for Food Writers On Asia, made possible thanks to generous donations.
Thursday 16th November at Asia House, Doors 6.30pm, Lecture 6.45-7.45
All Tickets £35

Panel Discussion ­
Through the Looking Glass: Korean Contemporary Art
Moderated by Jiyoon Lee
Asia House presents a half-day panel discussion with the recently opened Asia House exhibition Through the Looking Glass: Korean Contemporary Art as its starting point.
Saturday 25th November at Asia House, 10.30am ­ 1pm
Asia House members and concessions £ 4, Non-members £ 7

Lecture ­
Chinese Sculpture
Lecture by Ann Paludin
Ann Paludin, Honorary Fellow of Durham University, has spent 30 years researching Chinese sculpture in her field. In this lecture she will discuss the extent to which sculpture in China has been adapted to serve the political, practical and spiritual needs of its rulers through two thousand years.
Monday 27th November at Asia House, Doors 6.30pm Lecture 6.45-7.45
Asia House members and concessions £ 4, Non-members £ 7

Lecture ­
The Bloodless Revolution: Radical Vegetarians and the Discovery of India
Lecture by Tristram Stuart
In a lecture based on his first book of the same title, Tristram Stuart will discuss the results of an enduring cultural exchange between East and West and those who dissented from the entrenched custom of meat-eating and sough to overthrow a rapacious consumer society. Tuesday 28th November at Asia House, Doors 6.30pm, Lecture 6.45-7.45
Asia House members and concessions £ 4, Non-members £ 7

Game Evening ­
The Art of Shogi
Lecture, workshop and match led by Shoji Segawa followed by reception
Recently Shogi, or 'Japanese Chess' has been enjoying a quiet boom internationally. Shoji Segawa (professional Shogi player) will lead the event with an introductory talk followed by a demonstration and match. A sake and sushi reception will be sponsored by Toshiba of Europe Ltd.
Wednesday 29th November at Asia House, Doors 6.30pm
All tickets £5

Next Exhibition at Asia House Gallery
Through the Looking Glass: Korean Contemporary Art
Features work by emerging and established contemporary artists from Korea in an exhibition that will weave through the Asia House building. The exhibition encompasses video, installation, sculpture, photography and painting.
Thursday 23 November ­ - Saturday 3 March 2007. Open Mon-Sat 10am-6pm.
Admission £2. Asia House members and under 18s free.

Full details are available on our website:

Why not become an Asia House Member? This winter our benefits include 15% discount at Kaya Korean Restaurant, a 20% discount on annual subscriptions to Steppe Magazine as well as a 20% discount on tickets for Romeo and Juliet by Oh Tae-Suk at the Pit, Barbican Centre. Members also enjoy discounted ticket prices and priority booking on all events, permanent free entry to our gallery and a 15% discount in Café T at Asia House, open Monday ­ Saturday 10am-5pm.For all ticket and membership enquiries, please contact:

Asia House, 63 New Cavendish Street, London W1G 7LP
Tel: 020 730754554

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