Symposium celebrating the opening of an exciting new exhibit at the Getty Center, "Gods of Angkor: Bronzes from the National Museum of Cambodia."
Leading scholars of Cambodian art and culture present and discuss the historical, religious, and contemporary contexts of ancient Cambodian bronze sculpture.
• "Form in Khmer Sculpture: Sources and Evolution," Helen Jessup, Author of Art & Architecture of Cambodia
• "The Great Contemplative: The Buddha in Early Khmer Art and Culture," Paul Lavy, University of Hawaii
• "Splendid Adornment: Jewels of the Khmer," Emma Bunker, Denver Art Museum
• "The Aesthetics of Khmer Sculpture," Robert L. Brown, UCLA and LACMA
• "Antiquarian Nationalism: Angkor in Modern Politics," Penny Edwards, UC Berkeley
Cambodia is renowned for the extraordinary art produced during the Angkor period of the Khmer empire, between the ninth and the fifteenth centuries, when sculptors mastered the art of bronze casting and created profound images of Hindu and Buddhist divinities. A focused exhibition of loans from the National Museum of Cambodia in Phnom Penh, "Gods of Angkor" includes some of the finest Cambodian bronzes in existence as well as a small group of bronzes from the pre-Angkor period and some recently excavated works. It also celebrates the establishment of a bronze conservation studio at the National Museum of Cambodia and that institution's role in conserving Cambodia's cultural heritage.
Reservations required at http://www.getty.edu/visit/calendar/days/03052011.html.
Cost: Free and open to the public but reservations required. Parking is $15 per car or motorcycle.