The New York Times carries a review of the ‘Arts of Ancient Vietnam – From River Plain to Open Sea’, currently exhibiting at the Asia Society Museum in New York.
Ancient Sphere Where Cultures Mingled
New York Times, 04 February 2010
From the moment you enter the galleries youâ€™re seeing things you wonâ€™t find anywhere else and certainly not in this combination: a bronze drum as hefty as a hot tub; a wooden Buddha, tall, dark and Giacometti-thin. Avid-eyed Hindu deities keep company with contortionist dancers. A tiny serpent of beaten gold basks in a spotlight. Ceramic plates and bowls crowd a room just as they had once filled the hold of a ship that went down in the South China Sea.
Once youâ€™ve made your way through the societyâ€™s suave installation, youâ€™ve seen treasures from 10 Vietnamese museums. Youâ€™ve time-traveled from the first millennium B.C. to the 17th century A.D. And youâ€™ve style-traveled through dozens of cultures both inside and outside Vietnam itself.