Approximately 70 works from the 5th through to the early 20th century will be on viewFebruary 10 through May 10, 2015 at the Asia Society Museum on Park Avenue, New York.
The exhibition includes loans from the National Museums in Yangon and Nay Pyi Taw, the Bagan Archaeological Museum, Sri Ksetra Archaeological Museum, and the Kaba Aye Buddhist Art Museum, as well as works from public and private collections in the United States.
The Asia Society has organized a series of related public programmes to coincide with the exhibition, including talks, films, performances and other cultural programming.
The exhibition will explore how Buddhist narratives were communicated visually and the multiplicity of regional styles. Many of the works in the exhibition have never been shown outside of the country, according to the Asia Society.
“Buddhist Art of Myanmar” will be organized into three sections— Images of the Buddha, Lives of the Buddha, and Devotion and Ritual—which showcase the multiplicity of styles throughout the country, in part a reflection of the localization of religious practice. The objects bring into relief such issues as state support of Buddhism, the effects of trade and international relations, and the role of local myths and ethnicity, all of which have inextricably linked Buddhism and Myanmar for more than two thousand years.