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Fall 2016

NIU Art Museum 

Kaleidoscope of Burmese Art: Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the Center for Burma Studies

Silver Betel Box, Yangon, Gift of John Lacey, BC97.2.48

August 23 - November 18, South Gallery, NIU Art Museum

  • An exhibit celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Center for Burma Studies at NIU focusing on multiple interdisciplinary approaches of Burmese Art reflecting past and present through a series of mini exhibitions.
  • As a prism or kaleidoscope, this collection-based exhibition will be exploring Burmese Art from different perspectives and will dive into a series of small, thematic presentations around the hidden treasures and masterpieces of the Burma Art Collection at NIU. 

Masterpieces of the Burma Art Collection

Bilu, Myanmar, Carved wood, lacquer with mirror inlay, Gift of Konrad and Sarah Bekker, BC87.01.03.00

August 23 - November 18, North Gallery, NIU Art Museum

  • A selection of pieces from the Burma Art Collection at NIU.

From Tradition to Modernity: Art from Myanmar as Viewed by Contemporary Burmese Artists


Htibyusaung Medaw Nat, 2014, Acrylic on canvas, 18″ x 24″, On loan from the Thukhuma Collection

August 23 - November 18, Rotunda Gallery, NIU Art Museum

  • A selection of paintings from The Thukhuma Collection paired with pieces from the Burma Art Collection.

Jack Olson Gallery

Painting Myanmar Today: A Selection from the Thukhuma Collection

Poetry to the Glory, Win Tint, 2013, acrylic on canvas, On loan from the Thukhuma Collection.

September 1 - October 27 at Jack Olson Gallery

  • While Myanmar is transitioning from tradition to modernity after decades of isolation Burmese artists are emerging with new ideas of depicting their society. This exhibition presents the paintings of some of the leaders of this new wave, who have created at a critical time of their country’s history: with the lifting of military censorship, wide access to Internet and the recent political sea-change.
  • The Thukhuma collection —solely dedicated to Burmese contemporary paintings— was assembled by Professor Ian Holliday, a specialist in Burmese politics at the University of Hong Kong. His interest was piqued ten years ago when, while undertaking academic research in Myanmar, he began his extensive contacts with local galleries and artists: since then, much-widened.