Exhibition of Myanmar art opens next month

Sandstone Pagan period Buddha. Source: DVB 20150118

Another story on the upcoming exhibition at the Asia Society in New York, featuring the Buddhist art of Myanmar.

Sandstone Pagan period Buddha. Source: DVB 20150118
Sandstone Pagan period Buddha. Source: DVB 20150118

Burmese Buddhist art premieres in New York
DVB, 18 January 2015

An exhibition that will showcase Buddhist art from Burma – the first of its kind in the US – will open in New York on 10 February and run for three months.

Around 70 exhibits in Buddhist Art of Myanmar, ranging from the fifth- to the 20th-centuries, will “highlight the long and continuous presence of Buddhism in Myanmar [Burma] since the early first millennium, as well as the unique combination of style, technique, and religious deities that appeared in the arts of Buddhist Myanmar,” according to Asia Society Museum, the event organisers.

This display is significant at a time when interest is growing in Burma after years of economic and cultural detachment. Tom Nagorski, executive vice-president of the Asia Society, told DVB that, “The exhibition comes at an unprecedented time for Myanmar, after a long period of isolation. A few years ago, exhibiting this artwork across the world would have been impossible.”

Full story here.

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Author: Noel Tan

Dr Noel Hidalgo Tan is the Senior Specialist in Archaeology at SEAMEO-SPAFA, the Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Archaelogy and Fine Arts.

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