Art and culture

4 things worth checking out this month

Including: Pharrell Williams' latest endeavour, a Jakartan museum opening and art from Charles Darwin's granddaughter

1. Museum Macan, Jakarta

Owning a couple of million-dollar artworks is par for the course if you’re a Southeast Asian tycoon. Indonesian petroleum trading and property magnate Haryanto Adikoesoemo has gone one step further: opening his own art museum. The Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Nusantara (Macan), in newly anointed arts hub Jakarta, will exhibit around 800 pieces of Eastern and Western art – including works by Andy Warhol, Jeff Koons and prolific Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama’s 2014 work Infinity Mirrored Room – Brilliance of the Souls (pictured).

Yayoi Kusama Infinity Mirrored Room
Copyright of Yayoi Kusama / Courtesy of Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo/ Singapore

2. Complexcon, Los Angeles

Pharrell Williams has done it again. Not content with dropping number one records, the rapper/producer/skateboarder/culture vulture is lending his creative mind to brand new festival Complexcon, taking place during 4-5 November in Long Beach, Los Angeles. Hosted by pop culture publication Complex, the festival is dedicated to art, music, culture and sports. Williams, a cultural director of the festival, is curating the programme. Diehard fans should look out for a reunion of his funk-rock band NERD, who will take to the stage for the first time since 2014.

4-5 November,

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3. Chaoyang Park Plaza, Beijing

Glitzy high-rises dominate Beijing’s downtown skyline. But its latest landmark, Chaoyang Park Plaza, is something different: a mixed-use complex inspired by mountains as well as classical Chinese landscape paintings – captured here by photographer Khoo Guo Jie. Designed by China-based firm MAD Architects, the property – which will open towards the end of the year – takes up a 1.3-million-square-foot space right by Chaoyang Park.

Khoo Guo Jie

4. Gwen Raverat, Cambridge

The Cambridge Art Fair this month offers a rare opportunity to see and buy works by one of the English university town’s favourite daughters. Gwen Raverat was a granddaughter of Charles Darwin and an intimate of the Bloomsbury group. But she eschewed bohemian London and modernism for a quieter life reviving the art of wood engraving (pictured) and recording the architecture and countryside of her hometown. She also illustrated her own very funny and touching memoir, Period Piece – published in 1952 and never out of print since.

9-12 November,

Gwen Raverat artist
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