GODS, HEROES AND CLOWNS: PERFORMANCE AND NARRATIVE IN SOUTH AND SOUTHEAST ASIAN ART â€“ AN NGV EXHIBITION – TAASA Review June 2015
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Carol Cains G ods, Heroes and Clowns: Performance and Narrative in South and Southeast Asian Art draws on the National Gallery of Victoriaâ€™s (NGV) collection to explore works of art associated with the rich narrative traditions of South and Southeast Asia and their performance.
Storytellersâ€™ cloths, ceremonial hangings, puppets, sculpture, paintings and masks from Cambodia, Thailand, India, and Indonesia reveal strong continuities and shared heritages that link highly individual works of art.
The works celebrate Buddhist and Hindu deities, folk heroes and mythical kings, and are used in rural villages, royal courts, temples and modern urban settings. Most of the works exhibited are part of ceremonial and performative traditions which are still thriving and adapting to changing audiences and conditions...