Resources Organized by Time Period: 20th Century



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Ceramics in Mainland Southeast Asia
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
"Historical ceramics made in or traded into (therefore in, not simply of) Mainland Southeast Asia, principally between the tenth and twentieth centuries, are the focus of this (online) catalogue. The completed catalogue will present nearly 900 ceramics in the collections of the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, the scope of which encompasses places of production in Mainland Southeast Asia ... as well as southern China. ... The fluidity of the field and the wish to respond to evolving knowledge encouraged the decision to publish this catalogue in online form. Its goal is to frame the objects in the collections—and elsewhere—within evolving current knowledge based on archaeology of production sites, consumption sites, and shipwrecks and reevaluation of historical constructs, as well as within broad discussions of identity, technological development and transfer, regional economics, and trade." With extensive discussions of materials (clays and surface finishes), places of production, and historical perspectives, including detailed chronologies and maps.

Go to Museum Resource: http://seasianceramics.asia.si.edu/index.asp
Hanging Fire: Contemporary Art from Pakistan
Asia Society
"Hanging Fire is the first U.S. museum exhibition to focus on contemporary art from Pakistan. Representing the current energy, vitality, and range of expression in Pakistan’s little-known yet thriving arts scene, the exhibition comprises nearly 50 works by 15 artists, and includes installation art, video, photography, painting, and sculpture. Curated by Salima Hashmi—one of the most influential and well-respected writers and curators in Pakistan—the exhibition presents a comprehensive look at recent and current trends in Pakistani art."

Go to Museum Resource: http://sites.asiasociety.org/hangingfire/
Montien Boonma: Temple of the Mind
Asia Society
Online presentation of a 2003 retrospective exhibition of works by Thai artist Montien Boonma (1953-2000). The exhibition, according to the introductory text here, "traces Boonma's artistic development in the context of his deep engagement with Buddhism." Five of his works -- all sculptural installations -- are featured here, with brief descriptive text and additional images showing the installation process.

Go to Museum Resource: http://sites.asiasociety.org/arts/boonma/index.html
Timeline of Art History: Southeast Asia, 1900 A.D.–present
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
"Most of Southeast Asia continues to be colonized during the first half of the twentieth century: Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos by the French; Malaysia and Myanmar (Burma) by the British; Indonesia by the Dutch; and the Philippines by the United States. Only Thailand remains independent." With a period overview, list of key events, and 5 related artworks. Also has links to timelines of Oceania, South Asia, and the Himalayan Region during this time.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/ht/?period=11®ion=sse
Vietnam: Behind the Lines
The British Museum
Online presentation of the 2002 exhibition Vietnam: Behind the Lines: Images from the War, 1965-75, which presented "an aspect of the conflict unfamiliar to a Western audience: works made by Vietnamese artists. Some were engaged in the creation of propaganda materials for the Vietnamese government, some in the recording of the war, others simply exercising a creative talent for pleasure." Featuring 16 images, each with explanatory text.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.britishmuseum.org/explore/online_tours/asia/vietnam_behind_the_lines...
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