Image of a folding book containing Extracts from the Pali canon (Tipitaka) and Story of Phra Malai, late 18th century, Thailand, CBL Thi 1328


From Cosmology to Street Scenes

From Cosmology to Street Scenes: Narratives in Thai Paintings and Beyond

Alexandra Green explores the role of stories in Thai art and religious practices, looking at such art forms as wall paintings, banners, lacquered chests, tattoos, and popular posters. Free, no booking required.

Alexandra Green is Henry Ginsburg Curator for Southeast Asia at the British Museum. Her recent publications include Buddhist Visual Cultures, Rhetoric, and Narrative in Late Burmese Wall Paintings (Hong Kong, 2018), “Patterns of Use and Re-use: South Asian Trade Textiles and Burmese Wall Paintings” in India and Southeast Asia: Cultural Discourses edited by Anna Dallapiccola and Anila Verghese, and “From Collecting History to Iconography: Southeast Asian Shadow Puppets in the British Museum” in the Journal of the Siam Society. Beside the Sir Stamford Raffles exhibition at the Asian Civilisations Museum in Singapore and the British Museum (2019), she has also worked on exhibitions about shadow puppet theatre in Southeast Asia and religious practices in Myanmar and Thailand. Her research interests include narrative theory, collecting history, the relationships between word and image, and the role of art in the study of Asia.

The exhibition is supported by The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation

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Admission is Free
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