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MY SUGGESTIONS FOR FALL IN PARIS…

WHEN IN PARIS……….not only to the Moulin Rouge  ……….
 
 A TOUR THAT FOCUSES ON  MAJOR COLLECTIONS OF ASIAN ART
OCTOBER 5TH- OCTOBER 7TH
ORGANIZED BY THE ORIENTAL CERAMIC SOCIETY: http://ocs-london.com
If you cannot join the OCS,  do it on your own. These are some of the best and oldest collections of Asian art in the world.
1. CHATEAU DE FONTAINEBLEAU with treasures from the Summer Palace
2. MUSEE GUIMET   (http://www.guimet.fr/en/)
3.  MUSEE D’ENNERY (musée Guimet  website)
4. MUSEE DU QUAI BRANLY (http://www.quaibranly.fr)  specializing in Asian ethnographic material
Cheers,
Elisabeth and Natasha

JAPAN NEXT FINE ARTS

Exhibit

The Japanese Government has embarked on a campaign in various cities ( as of now Paris and New York) to  thank the world for its support after  last year’s earthquake and to demonstrate  that it can overcome the ensuing challenges. The current exhibit introduces takumi – expertise, mastery) and waza -technique , of traditional Japanese crafts featuring ten artisans who are national living treasures. The most recent event was held in NYC March 23-25. I will try to learn about this earlier the next time!

CONTEMPORARY BURMESE ART BY BURMESE ARTISTS IN BURMA

November 16, 2011 Leave a comment
A recent article in the NYT (October 23rd) highlighted Burmese Artists. It explained that contemporary or modern Burmese art had been slow in developing because of lack of interest, lack of local support and at one time, political censorship. Several galleries were mentioned: 
 
River Gallery in the old Strand Hotel in Yangon. 
New Treasure Art Gallery, owned by Min Wae Aung; also offering an artist in residency program. 
 
The painting featured in the NYT  of five monk figures rendered in a somewhat abstract style – that I liked most –  was by Min Wae Aung and it said that his paintings sell for up to $ 20,000 through galleries in Hong Kong, London and Paris. 
 
Burma has such a rich  Buddhist cultural tradition that one does not expect impressionistic oil paintings, paintings of nudes, and abstract art. Artists have flourished and been censored and neglected but survived, depending on patronage and political  climate  and Burmese art will surely continue to blossom.  What is surprising to me is how frequently Burmese artists seem to exhibit in places like Hong Kong, London and Paris – considering how isolated the country is politically.  But art always finds a way!
 
This is the link to the article: New Vistas for Burmese Artists
 
This painting is by Min Wae Aung, titled Monks on the Morning Round, and I found it on dhammaweb.net. It conveys the style I like.