Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Vietnam in The City

Vietnam Through the Ages: Asia Society’s Arts of Ancient Vietnam: From River Plain to Open Sea"
 -by contributing Gypsy writer: Kelsey Schaeffer

If you’re in the mood for some Asian immersion take a trip to the Asia Society Museum for a brief trip through thousands of years of Vietnam culture, courtesy of their newest exhibit: "Arts of Ancient Vietnam: From River Plain to Open Sea." In hopes of bringing more attention to Vietnam’s rich cultural heritage the exhibit has brought about 115 pieces from several of the country’s best museums to now be displayed here. The collection breaks the pieces up by the regions they come from as well as time period so as viewers you are not only walking through time, but through the country itself and the various influences of surrounding countries and their cultures; this exhibit is not just about Vietnam, rather it shows how Vietnam can be a lens in which to view the products of other countries, and exemplifies the intricacies of intertwining cultures. The pieces range from pottery and jewelry to enormous metal drums and religious statues – some without the protective shield of plastic, enabling optimal viewing. Though the exhibit itself is relatively small, the artifacts are beautifully arranged, displayed and explained. The time and effort put in are clear and paid off. Be sure to bring your cell phone with you if you are interested in using the audio guide option since you dial in with your phone. 

Asia Society and Museum
Address: 725 Park Avenue (at 70th Street)

Hours: Tuesday - Sunday, 11:00 am - 6:00 pm, Fridays until 9:00 pm.
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