INTERNATIONAL – TAASA Review June 2015

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The prince and the pir: dervishes and mysticism in Iran and India British Museum, London 11 March – 8 July 2015 In Persian-speaking Iran and India, a holy man known as a pir or shaykh – many of whom were Sufis – often provided spiritual guidance to rulers.

This display presents diverse images of Sufis between the 16th and 19th centuries from album and manuscript pages to objects used in daily life. From N̫ to Mata Hari, 2000 years of Asian theatre Mus̩e Guimet, Paris 15 April Р31 August 2015 Explores the epic and dramatic aspects that characterise the immense variety of Asian theatrical productions.

From Indian theatre costumes to Japanese nô kimonos and masks, Peking opera dresses to Southeast Asian shadow theatre, an entire world of deities, animals and characters is brought to life. Enigmas: The Art of Bada Shanren (1626–1705) Freer Gallery of Art, Washington 20 June 2015 – 3 January 2016 Born a prince of the Ming imperial house, Bada Shanren remade himself as a secluded Buddhist monk and, later, as a professional painter and calligrapher...