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10 September 2019Cambodia –the Sacred Art of Angkor and the living Arts
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Cambodia –the Sacred Art of Angkor and the living Arts Denise Haywood Tuesday 10 September 2019

Art historian, author, lecturer, photographer and journalist. Denise has worked in Cambodia in the 1990s and has been a scholar of Southeast Asian art ever since. She lectures for the Art Fund, the School of Oriental and African Studies (University of London) on their post graduate Asian Art Course and for Madingley Hall (University of Cambridge); also for organisations such as the British Museum, the Royal Society for Asian Affairs, Asia House, the National Trust, the Royal Geographical Society and has lectured worldwide. She writes for many art, literary and travel publications and has appeared on television and radio. Also Denise is a member of the Association of Southeast Asian Studies in the UK, Asia House and the Royal Geographical Society.

Cambodia –the Sacred Art of Angkor and the living Arts

The Hindu temple complex of Angkor in Cambodia is the greatest archaeological site in Asia. Within an area of 400 square kilometres there are dozens of temples, many covered in jungle, but the most important of them all is Angkor Wat. Built in the 12th century, Angkor Wat is the biggest religious monument in the world and measures a square mile. This mystical temple is a recreation on earth of the Hindu cosmos, brilliantly constructed to align with the sun and moon and covered with exquisite carvings. This illustrated lecture will focus on the artistic heritage and religious symbolism of Angkor. It will reveal the historical background and show the evolution of the Khmer empire. It concludes with contemporary Cambodia and the role of Angkor today and the revival of the living arts, especially the classical Khmer ballet performed at the temples in celebration of the gods. Gorgeous dancers in shimmering silk costumes re-enact scenes from the Ramayana as the sun sets. As the last rays touch the sandstone, it turns gold and red, before darkness finally falls and the magnificent structure once more becomes part of the jungle.