India has gifted the countries of Southeast Asia with many treasures. These gifts include religions - Hinduism and Buddhism, languages - Sanskrit and Pali, their arts and literature, philosophy and legal system. A lasting evidence of these influences can be seen in the extant religious architecture and sculpture of Southeast Asia. Using the Indian prototype, local builders blended it with their own indigenous icon and produced a new art resembling that of India but differing slightly in each country.
Helen Anderson will survey the existing sculpture and architecture of Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand and Burma, linking it to the Indian prototype. She will also discuss the manner by which these Indian ideas were transmitted. Anderson has lived in Asia for many years, where she immersed herself in the art and culture of China, Singapore, Thailand, India and Iran.
Having studied Chinese ceramics and Buddhist art and architecture, she has presented at The National Palace Museum in Taipei, The National Museum of Bangkok, the Phoenix Art Museum, as well as The San Diego Museum of Art.
Sponsored by the South Asian Art Council (SAAC)