Modernity and Beyond: Themes in Southeast Asian Art
Pathways of Performativity in Contemporary Southeast Asian Art - Announcements - e-flux
Southeast Asian arts , the literary, performing, and visual arts of Southeast Asia. Although the cultural development of the area was once dominated by Indian influence, a number of cohesive traits predate the Indian influence. Wet-rice or padi agriculture, metallurgy, navigation, ancestor cults, and worship associated with mountains were both indigenous and widespread, and certain art forms not derived from India—for example, batik textiles, gamelan orchestras, and the wayang puppet theatre—remain popular. The term Southeast Asia refers to the huge peninsula of Indochina and the extensive archipelago of what is sometimes called the East Indies. The region can be subdivided into mainland Southeast Asia and insular Southeast Asia.
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Image courtesy of Art Seasons. Southeast Asian galleries and galleries representing artists from the region gave positive feedback about their participation at the fair. These all went to new European clients.
A bronze standing Buddha : Sculpted in the Mon Dwaravati style, this bronze statue from the 7th century has an idealized rather than realistic physical form, including shell-like curls for hair. The communities and cultures of Southeast Asia were in direct contact with India through trade routes and were heavily influenced by Indian religion and art. The Pali and Sanskrit languages, Indian script, and Hindu epic literature—such as the Ramayana and the Mahabharata—were transmitted to Southeast Asia during this period. Hinduism and Buddhism were brought to the region and became the main religions practiced from about the 1st century BCE to the 13th century CE.