Exhibition of Contemporary Art from Pakistan Takes Viewers “Beyond the Page”


Pasadena, CA: Exploring the transformation of historical miniature painting from the Mughal courts of South Asia into a stunning contemporary art form by current Pakistani artists, Pacific Asia Museum, with the assistance of the Pakistan Arts Council, will present a new exhibition, Beyond the Page: The Miniature as Attitude in Contemporary Art from Pakistan, focusing on the contemporary miniature movement in Pakistan.

The exhibition will be on view from February 18 until June 27, 2010, and features fifty works by thirteen artists. The exhibition is guest curated by Hammad Nasar along with Anna Sloan and Bridget Bray, and organized by Green Cardamom and Pacific Asia Museum.

Media coverage in the US concerning Pakistan focuses almost exclusively on military and geopolitical issues. The dynamic and burgeoning contemporary arts scene in cities such as Lahore, Karachi and Islamabad is routinely overshadowed by such attentions. Ayesha Kamran, President of Pacific Asia Museum’s Pakistan Arts Council, sees the exhibition as part of a long-standing tradition of featuring art from Pakistan at the Museum: “After bringing several diverse Pakistani exhibitions to Pacific Asia Museum, we once again hope to showcase a different side of Pakistan with this exhibition, Beyond the Page, a modern, youthful sometimes avant-garde display of Pakistani art. We are proud to be able to play a small part in building an understanding between our American and Pakistani heritage.”


There will be several events at Pacific Asia Museum over the course of the next few months, pertaining to this exhibition. On Saturday May 1 st 2010, Pacific Asia Museum’s Pakistan Arts Council will host a Family Free Day with food, crafts and entertainment related to the art of “Beyond the Page”.

Pacific Asia Museum is located at 46 North Los Robles Avenue, Pasadena, California 91101. The museum is open Wednesday through Sunday, 10 am to 6 pm. Admission is $9 general, $7 students/seniors, and free for museum members and children ages 11 and younger. Admission is free every 4th Friday of the month.

For more information check www.pacificasiamuseum.org or call (626) 449-2742.


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