February 01, 2011

Two Terrific Programs Highlight Ancient Cambodian Bronzes

Distinguished speakers include Hab Touch, Director General of the Cambodian Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts, and "Gods of Angkor" curator Paul Jett

Bronzes from the National Museum of Cambodia
Tuesday February 22, 2011, at 7 pm
Harold M. Williams Auditorium, Getty Center

Paul Jett, head of the Department of Conservation and Scientific Research, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; and Hab Touch, Director General, Cambodian Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts; discuss the analysis and conservation of Khmer bronzes with Sean Charette of the Getty Conservation Institute. Complements the exhibition Gods of Angkor: Bronzes from the National Museum of Cambodia.

Admission: Free. Reservation required. Call (310) 440-7300 or visit

Ancient Cambodian Bronzes: History, Ritual, and Relevance
Saturday March 5, 2011, 1 pm—6 pm
Museum Lecture Hall, Getty Center

Leading scholars of Cambodian art and culture present and discuss the historical, religious, and contemporary contexts of ancient Cambodian bronze sculpture. Complements the exhibition Gods of Angkor: Bronzes from the National Museum of Cambodia. Co-organized by the University of California, Los Angeles’ Center for Southeast Asian Studies and the J. Paul Getty Museum.

Admission: Free. Reservation required. Call (310)440-7300.

Related Exhibition

Gods of Angkor: Bronzes from the National Museum of Cambodia
February 22—August 14, 2011

Cambodia is renowned for the extraordinary art produced during the Angkor period of the Khmer empire, between the ninth and the fifteenth centuries, when sculptors mastered the art of bronze casting and created profound images of Hindu and Buddhist divinities. A focused exhibition of loans from the National Museum of Cambodia in Phnom Penh, Gods of Angkor includes some of the finest Cambodian bronzes in existence as well as a small group of bronzes from the pre-Angkor period and some recently excavated works. It also celebrates the establishment of a bronze conservation studio at the National Museum of Cambodia and that institution’s role in conserving Cambodia’s cultural heritage.

Image at top: Maitreya. Cambodian, early 10th century. Bronze. National Museum of Cambodia, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

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Julie Jaskol
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