The compound of Rimbun Dahan is a centre for developing traditional and
contemporary art forms. It features buildings designed by Hijjas Kasturi,
as well as a 19th century traditional Malay house, in an indigenous garden
Please note that Rimbun Dahan is a private property. It is open to the public for limited hours only during exhibitions and special events – check this page for updates. Guided tours for selected tertiary student groups by appointment only; please contact us.
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The 18th Rimbun Dahan Residency Exhibition will be open to the public from 3 to 17 March 2013, showcasing the works of Helmi Azam Tajol Aris and Jonathan Nichols. Opening hours weekend 10am to 6pm, weekdays by appointment.
There will be an artists' talk at Rimbun Dahan at 3pm on Saturday 9 March, and a tour of the Rimbun Dahan grounds and garden by Angela Hijjas at 9am on Sunday 17 March.
[Image above by Jonathan Nichols, left by Helmi Azam Tajol Aris]
Embedding Haiku in the Landscape
Vietnamese artist Le Thua Tien has been a resident artist at Rimbun Dahan for the last few months. Tien has a diverse art practice that includes paintings, installation, experimentation with sculpture and community based art projects. At Rimbun Dahan he is creating an installation sculpture using recycled granite slabs engraved with haiku.
Plant List Updated
Thanks to Norsham Yaakob and volunteers from Forest Research Institute Malaysia, as well as Lim Chong Keat, the list of plant species at Rimbun Dahan has been updated to reflect current taxonomy and nomenclature, involving the introduction of several new families of plants into the Rimbun Dahan list.
Pigeon Orchids in Full Bloom
The lovely white sprays of the pigeon orchids, Dendrobium crumenatum, at Rimbun Dahan have come out in force. The bloom cycle is triggered 9 days after a sudden drop in temperature, usually as a result of rain. The hardwood tree Shorea roxburghii, which flowers and fruits when only a few years old, is also in bloom.
International Dance Works in Development
In January 2013, Singaporean contemporary T.H.E. Dance Company spent two weeks in residence at Rimbun Dahan, developing new works for their upcoming season of solo and duet works. In March, American choreographer Stephen Shropshire, previously of Noord Nederlandse Dans, will spend a month at Rimbun Dahan with two European dancers, also focusing on the creation of new work.