Kumnooh: Cambodia arts for week commencing 22 March 2022


Wednesday 23 is World Poetry Day, and Howl Cambodia is holding an open mic at FCC Angkor.  “We have print copies of Allen Ginsberg’s lost Angkor poem to give way to the first five poets who take the Terrace stage, and book prizes for best original poems.”  From 5 pm.
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Starting this week is a new initiative by Sra’Art: Thursday Club.   “A live performance combining music and different visual artists in each session.” First up will be Geography of the Moon and artist Tim Reeves.   6 pm to 8 pm
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Thursday Tales at The Exchange this week features a digital tribute and remembrance for Victor Leon, aka LeoNeoArt, plus Theo Vallier.  6 – 10 pm. 
Friday 25, Sra’Art presents the opening of Happy Painting by Stéphane Delaprée.  “After being a famous comic book writer in Quebec in the 80s and then a comic book editor for 6 years, Steph came to Cambodia and devoted himself fully to painting. He became a prestigious artist thanks to his famous “Happy paintings”. Since the 90’s, Stephane has had many exhibitions in Asia and has opened several galleries during 1/4 of a century.”   6 pm. 
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A Phnom Penh Art Crawl has been organised for Saturday 26, from 2 to 6 pm.  “A spontaneous art crawl around the various art galleries, lovely lanes and creative studios in Phnom Penh. Check out exciting exhibitions from veteran artists to up and coming creatives.  Opening times may vary at different places …. but for a general consensus, we’re saying that anytime between 2 to 6 pm is a good time to visit!”  Involved are Ikigai Art Center (𝙎𝙀𝙇𝙁) , Space Four Zero, Pi-Pet-Pi Gallery 282: (Chan Phuon exhibition), Sra’ART (Stéphane Delaprée exhibition), Shophouse Studio (Frida Falcón exhibition) and Chhan Dina Studio (Chhan Dina and Suos Sodavy exhibition). 
On the evening of Saturday 26, a popil performance by Mot Pharan and Sot Sovanndy, part of the public program of current exhibition Mchas Teuk Mchas Dei (Master of Lands and Waters) by Khvay Samnang, Lim Sokchanlina and Vuth Lyno, currently on show through to 31 March.    6.30 – 7.30pm, an event in Khmer with English translation.
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On March 27 Raffles Le Royal hosts an evening of chamber music from Vienna featuring Sharon Lui on violin, Anton Isselhardt on flute, and Kathy Lo Wing on piano.
You may have missed:  this article in Khmer from on-line magazine AMS profiles Ny Vannak, from Nyart Gallery
Coming soon:
Thursday 31 March at The Gallerist, the opening of an exhibition of the works of TheamL.   “Discover TheamL’s most emblematic paintings, portraits and life scenes of Cambodian monks.”
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Saturday 2 April at Plantation, as part of Toch Toch group exhibition, Syahrulfikri Salleh of N o w h e r e Art Studio is hosting a self portrait acrylic painting workshop.
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For a more rock’n’roll view of Phnom Penh and the wider Cambodian music scene, please check out our sister publication lengpleng.com, the long running live music gig guide.

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Fabian Hipp

Ongoing…. exhibitions, dance performances and others


Chhan Dina Gallery

Newly opened at #178 St 13, near the National Museum.  An on-going display of Chhan Dina’s work from throughout her career will be augmented, on a rolling schedule, with works of contemporary masters.  In March the work of Suos Sodavy is on display and on sale. 
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The Gallerist

Featuring works by Stan, DinArt, TheamL and Chhim Sothy.
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Ikigai Arts Center
Until April 20, Ikigai Arts Centre presents SELF – an introspective art experience:  “a journey of exploration through the non-visible part of the SELF, towards the Unconscious.  Through four different spaces, the visitor, guided by sounds and movements, will take an hour to dive into the Unconscious, th uncontrolled part of the SELF.”    Created by Miguel Jeronimo, Rady Nget, Erick Gonzalez, Shanghai Chang and Shiva.  Audience limited to eight people at a time.  Bookings at Ikigai Arts Center or www.ikigai-artscenter.com/exhibition-store.      
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La Java Bleue  (Kampot)
Exhibition of paintings by Paul Charles Kitchingman, until 31 March.   Media:  Le Petit Journal
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Meta House
Auspicious Charm, a group show at by artists of Colors of Cambodia in Siem Reap. 
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Pi-Pet-Pi Gallery
The Past is the Road to the Future by Chan Phuon.  “For these works are made according to the changing situation of Cambodia.   The current rich in all kinds of machines and the development of new machines in the future.  Some people who live in the modern world and are obsessed with new technologies, in part, lose their identity, which is rich in art and culture.  And those people will have to face a wandering life that does not know who they are.”
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N o w h e r e Art Studio presents a group exhibition, Toch Toch, at Plantation. “Toch Toch showcases 26 multinational artists from different levels and artistic backgrounds selected from an open call and exhibit more than 200 small pieces of varied, original artworks ranging from doodles, paintings, and silkscreens to embroideries and ceramics.”

Romcheik5 Art Space
Whose Fault is it? by Chanpenh Nget.  “Throughout 15 paintings, he describes a country in chiaroscuro where the skins are coppery but the skies leaden … alternating a diversity of browns and grays, tanned skins under dark skies. In the background of his paintings, all in the semi-darkness, the weather is not nice … The sun never shines in Chanpenh’s kingdom.” 
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Rosewood Phnom Penh
The Shapes of Shapes and Colours, a new collection of works by artist Pen Robit curated by Yean Raksmey of Silapak Trotchaek Pneik  art space.  Media:  Cambodge magazine 

Sa Sa Art Projects
Mchas Teuk Mchas Dei (Master of Lands and Waters) by Khvay Samnang, Lim Sokchanlina and Vuth Lyno.  Limited number of visitors in the gallery space at a time.   Visits to the exhibition must follow Covid-19 safety procedure.  A group exhibition by Cambodian arts collective Stiev Selapak. The exhibition introduces their recent works in the form of videos, sculptures, photographs, and light installation, focusing on beliefs in nature and practices in the supernatural, animism, and the powerful spirits that take care of our homes, lands, people, animals, and living beings.  Until 31 March. 

Shophouse Gallery
For the month of March, a Frida Falcón exhibition of paintings: Portraits of Friends I Don’t Have.  Saturdays and Sundays, 12 – 6 pm. 
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Silapak Trotchaek Pneik // by YK Art House
The Artist event #2:  Chan Dany.  “For two months (February 15 – April 15), the artist will research and produce a new body of work. He wants to invite you to visit his sacred space, where his creative process will be seen from today onwards.”
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Space Four Zero
Prints, paintings, vintage posters, pop art, CDs and vinyl.  Open daily. 
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Happy Painting by Stéphane Delaprée opens Friday 25,    “After being a famous comic book writer in Quebec in the 80s and then a comic book editor for 6 years, Steph came to Cambodia and devoted himself fully to painting. He became a prestigious artist thanks to his famous “Happy paintings”. Since the 90’s, Stephane has had many exhibitions in Asia and has opened several galleries during 1/4 of a century.”
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Regular events, classes, sessions:

Thursdays 6 pm at Sra’Art, the weekly Sip & Paint event – materials, drinks and support – $25 for a two hour session.  
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Ikigai Arts Center offer life drawing sessions on Thursdays, with teacher), 6.30 pm
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Ikigai Arts Center, as part of their interactive SELF – an introspective art experience presentation, offer a SELF-portrait class in mixed media, Saturdays at 10 am, until April 9. 
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Regular on Saturdays at Sra’Art offer classes in art history and techniques: 9 am for children and 11 am for adults.  
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Also regular on Saturdays mornings at Botanico, presented by Sra’Art, hour-long kids’ art sessions, 10 am and 11 am. 
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