Musical instruments become art
DeKALB – Part of the Northern Illinois University Art Museum’s Southeast Asian Exhibition Suite, “Music for the Divine” showcases Burmese traditions and musical instruments, including those used in Buddhist rituals, traditional royal court ceremonies and contemporary multiethnic expressions.
This exhibition, featuring the Burma Art Collection, will run in the South Galleries through Nov. 17.
“Music for the Divine,” curated by Catherine Raymond, director of the Center for Burma Studies and professor of art history at NIU, showcases a unique collection of Burmese musical instruments from the Burma Art Collection at NIU. Each of the instruments on display – harp, bronze drum, flute, hsain waing, patala, conch, bells, chimes, etc. – is a work of art. Created by artisans from various Burmese ethnic groups, their forms and sounds are expressions not only of aesthetics and technical skills, but also of religious ideals, community identities and political relations.
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