Monday, March 7, 2011

Bronzes on show

One of the 12th century bronzes on show at the J Paul Getty Museum
Hats off to the J Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles for not only hosting the exhibition Gods of Angkor: Bronzes from the National Museum of Cambodia from 22 February until 14 August 2011 but also a series of lectures, culinary and bronze casting workshops, curator talks as well as at least two dance workshops/performances, to celebrate this cultural signature of the Khmers. Thirty-six masterworks from the National Museum of Cambodia's unparalleled collection of some 7,000 bronzes make up the exhibition. Find out a lot more here.
Cambodia lost one of its most respected classical dancers last week, when Soth Sam On passed away after a long illness. The grandmother of current dancer Vuth Chanmoly, she performed home and abroad as part of the royal ballet, managed to survive the Khmer Rouge years and was one of the teachers who returned to train the next generation of dancers in the 1980s at the School of Fine Arts. She was famous for her giant roles in the Reamker classic.

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