Brunei Gallery, SOAS

Brunei Gallery, SOAS As part of SOAS a gallery and museum dedicated to promoting a better understanding of the art, cultu
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The Brunei Gallery as part of SOAS for over 25 years has displayed exhibitions that reflect the many diverse subjects and regions studied by the School being dedicated to promoting a better understanding of the art, culture, history and contemporary contexts of Africa, Asia and the Middle East to a new and wider audience through its programme of changing exhibitions and use of the Schools Collecti

ons. The inaugural exhibition was held at the Galleries in May 1996 Empire of the Sultans, an exhibition of Ottoman art from the collection of Dr. Nasser D.Khalili subsequent exhibitions covering a wide range of subjects reflecting the Schools areas of study have included:
Chinese textiles; the European experience of Africa and the Middle East; Islamic art traditions; contemporary Israeli art; contemporary art and design from Africa, Asia and the Middle East; Persian paintings; Japanese art; Middle Eastern archaeology; historical Indian photography; Ethiopian 17th century art and architecture; history of the Arabian Peninsula; traditional crafts including Malay wood carving; Chinese ceramics; Egyptian textiles and tapestries; exploring the various medical, spiritual and dietary traditions for well-being from Islamic, Hindu and Buddhist customs; contemporary Middle Eastern art and Indian music traditions amongst many others. In January 2011 the Gallery reached a landmark with its 100th Exhibition Bridge of Knowledge: Western Appreciation of Arab and Islamic Civilisation in the Arcadian Library. Later that year it hosted the first ever major exhibition on the Golden Temple (Harimandir Sahib) of Amritsar and in 2013 the landmark exhibition The Everlasting Flame: Zoroastrianism in History and Imagination the first exhibition of its kind to provide a visual narrative of the history of Zoroastrianism. The launch exhibition of SOAS’s own collection Objects of Instruction: Treasures of the School of Oriental and African Studies held in 2007 led to the opening of the Foyle Special Collection Gallery within the Brunei Gallery where a selection of the School’s own collection is on rotating display or themed to relate to key temporary exhibitions. The exhibitions shown have provided the first opportunity for many artists, collections and exhibitions, including charity campaigns, to be shown in this country. Further details of these can be found here https://www.soas.ac.uk/gallery/previous/

🌍 International Museums Day 2024: A Celebration of Education and Research at SOAS Gallery 📚This International Museums Da...
18/05/2024

🌍 International Museums Day 2024: A Celebration of Education and Research at SOAS Gallery 📚

This International Museums Day, we’re highlighting the theme of Education and Research—core values that drive the exhibitions at SOAS Gallery. Our exhibitions often emerge from in-depth research projects at SOAS, showcasing the synergy between academic exploration and cultural expression.

One such exhibition was our 2020 ‘A Passage Through Passages’, the result of the ‘Roads and the Politics of Thought’ project. Funded by the European Research Council (No. 616393), this 5-year ethnographic study led by Edward Simpson of SOAS involved an inter-disciplinary team from five countries. It delved into the evolution of road-building in South Asia, from the early 20th century to the present, reflecting on the socio-political changes these roads have witnessed.

https://www.soas.ac.uk/about/event/passage-through-passages

🎨 Celebrating National Drawing Day 2024! 🎨Today, we honor the art of drawing and the artists who capture life’s essence ...
16/05/2024

🎨 Celebrating National Drawing Day 2024! 🎨

Today, we honor the art of drawing and the artists who capture life’s essence with their pencils and brushes. We’re proud to showcase a vibrant market scene drawn by artist Mya Thaung.

Born in Bogalay in 1943, Mya Thaung graduated from the State School of Fine Art, Yangon in 1967, and has since become known for his sensitivity to the subtleties of light and color in Mynmar's environment. His works focus on rural landscapes, but also urban life, and everyday street scenes. He has showcased his works all over the Asia Pacific region, Korea, Japan, Singapore, Australia, etc. Mya Thaung was also the recipient of the first prize, grand prize and best in show at the Niagara Frontier Watercolor Society in New York in 1990.

This particular drawing, generously donated to SOAS by Professor Moore in 2022, was a personal gift from the artist himself. It stands as a symbol of cultural exchange and the enduring power of art.

Join us in appreciating this piece and many more at SOAS Gallery. Let’s delve into the world of lines, shades, and textures that tell stories beyond words.

🎨✨ Art, Poetry, and Music Unite! ✨🎶Join us for a mesmerizing evening where the spirit of freedom resonates through the c...
14/05/2024

🎨✨ Art, Poetry, and Music Unite! ✨🎶

Join us for a mesmerizing evening where the spirit of freedom resonates through the creative genius of Rabindranath Tagore. SOAS, the Bengal Heritage Foundation, and the Tagore Centre UK invite you to:

‘Where the mind is without fear: Rabindranath Tagore’s Vision of Freedom through his Songs, Poetry, and Paintings’

🗓️ Date: Thursday, 13 June 2024 🕕 Time: 6pm-7pm (Performance) | 7pm-8pm (Exhibition Visit) 📍 Venue: Djam Lecture Theatre, SOAS Main Building

Experience the soul-stirring musical performance that sets the stage for a journey through the ‘Painting Freedom’ Exhibition at the SOAS Gallery. Witness the emergence of Indian modern art as a beacon of cultural independence, featuring the works of Tagore, Jamini Roy, Hemen Mazumdar, and their contemporaries.

🌟 About Rabindranath Tagore: The first non-European Nobel Laureate in Literature, Tagore’s artistry bloomed beyond words into a unique expressionist style. His paintings, an extension of his poetic vision, invite us to explore the depths of freedom and individualism.

Don’t miss this opportunity to immerse yourself in the world of a legend who redefined art and literature.

🔗 RSVP and More Info: https://ow.ly/A6R550RFBSK

Sunayani Devi, Untitled, date unknown, watercolour/tempera on paper. Private Collection  #10266Sunayani Devi (1875-1962)...
13/05/2024

Sunayani Devi, Untitled, date unknown, watercolour/tempera on paper. Private Collection #10266

Sunayani Devi (1875-1962) observed her two elder brothers, Abanindranath and Gaganendranth Tagore, cultivating and honing their respective artistic skills. She trained herself by watching her two elder brothers experimenting with various art forms, having received no institutional training in academic realism. Fascinated by devotional pictures as a child, the themes of her paintings revolved around mythological and religious epics. Devi's style was highly influenced by Kalighat paintings. Sunayani had a deep, unerring instinct for line and form, movement and rhythm and a vibrant imagination. Stella Kramrisch, the first professor of Indian Art at the University of Calcutta in 1923, became Sunayani's powerful champion, providing the first study of the artist. She introduced Sunayani Devi to the wider world as the first modern female artist of India. The subject matter of Sunayani's art belonged to a private inner world. 'Most of my paintings', she once confessed to her grandson, 'I have seen in dreams – after seeing them I have put them down.'

See more paintings by Sunayani Devi in our current exhibition, ‘Painting Freedom: Indian Modernism and its rebels’. Open Tuesday to Saturday, 10:30am – 5pm and late on Thursdays till 8pm. On until 22 June 2024.

You might have noticed a few new artworks in our Foyle Gallery of SOAS’s permanent Collections. We have recently display...
11/05/2024

You might have noticed a few new artworks in our Foyle Gallery of SOAS’s permanent Collections. We have recently displayed three fantastic prints by Bruce Onobrakpeya – ‘Cows in Sunshine’ (2011), ‘Two Faces II’ (2012), and ‘Mother and Child’ (2010).

Bruce Onobrakpeya, born in 1932 is best described as an experimental artist involved with painting, book illustrations, printmaking, installations and teaching of art in formal and non-formal educational setups. The period between 1960 and 1970 is very important in his development. After he graduated from the art school at Zaria in 1962, he further studied under two great masters - Nigeria’s Ben Enwonwu and the Dutch printmaker, Ru Van Rossem. Many of the paintings and prints he made in the 1960’s were characterised by bright pallets. Using the same colour and composition scheme, he reproduced a selection named ‘A Revisit to the Sunshine Period.

Donated to SOAS by Elsbeth Court

See this and more in our permanent SOAS Collections exhibition in the Foyle Gallery, Brunei Gallery. Open Tuesday to Saturday, 10:30am – 5pm and late on Thursdays till 8pm.

Did you know today is   well to celebrate why not pop in to see our   and this beauty
10/05/2024

Did you know today is well to celebrate why not pop in to see our and this beauty

Due to popular demand, we have added a few more tickets to our ‘Collector’s Tour’ event. You can now sign up to attend o...
08/05/2024

Due to popular demand, we have added a few more tickets to our ‘Collector’s Tour’ event. You can now sign up to attend on 23 May. Sign up on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/o/brunei-gallery-soas-33505338017

A collector's approach to acquiring art may be quite different from that of a curator or member of museum staff. In this tour, the enigmatic collector of the artworks in our 'Painting Freedom: Indian Modernism and its rebels' will reveal his process of aquiring his collection, in a field which was and still is largely under-researched. Without numerous connoisseurs in the field, the collector must become an expert in ensuring authenticity, understanding the value of an object, and building a cohesive collection. Most importantly, the tour will highlight the passion for collecting.

This is sure to be a unique experience, and of great value to anyone working in, or interested in going into auction houses and art sales. It is free and open to the public, but spaces are limited, so please do sign up.

Jamini Roy, Untilted, c.1920, tempera on cloth. Private Collection  # 10918Jamini Roy (1887-1972) was the first Indian a...
06/05/2024

Jamini Roy, Untilted, c.1920, tempera on cloth. Private Collection # 10918

Jamini Roy (1887-1972) was the first Indian artist to fully break away from his training in Western naturalism. Instead, he returned to the landscapes and visual culture of his childhood in rural Bengal. Jamini Roy's contribution was the transformation and elevation of the regional and folk traditions of art in Bengal into an original and compelling modern art. Often considered to be the father of modern Indian art, Jamini argued that "it was not possible for me to paint in the European way, nor in the Chinese or the Tibetan. To follow Persian or Mughal painting was similarly difficult for me...because I was not in their milieu... I do not care whether my paintings are good or bad. My sole desire is to make (them) look different."

See more paintings by Jamini Roy in our current exhibition, ‘Painting Freedom: Indian Modernism and its rebels’. Open Tuesday to Saturday, 10:30am – 5pm and late on Thursdays till 8pm. On until 22 June 2024.

Our exhibition of our permanent SOAS Collections is open again in the Foyle Gallery and you might notice a few new addit...
04/05/2024

Our exhibition of our permanent SOAS Collections is open again in the Foyle Gallery and you might notice a few new additions. One is this spectacular mixed media on canvas work by Iranian artist Enayatollah Noori, called ‘Rouz II’ (2005).

Enayatollah Nazari Noori is a contemporary Iranian poet, calligrapher and artist born in 1937. His works often feature broken Nastaliq calligraphy and are brightly multicoloured. Nastaliq is a style of Islamic calligraphy and Arabic script developed about the 15th century, characterized by a tendency to slope downward from right to left, and used mainly for Persian poetical writings and in Urdu and Malay manuscript. Noori was one of the artists included in the exhibition ‘The Future of Traditions, Writing Pictures: Contemporary Art from The Middle East’ presented at the Brunei Gallery, SOAS in 2023.

Donated to SOAS by Rose Issa in 2023

See this and more in our permanent SOAS Collections exhibition in the Foyle Gallery, Brunei Gallery. Open Tuesday to Saturday, 10:30am – 5pm and late on Thursdays till 8pm.

Due to popular demand, we have added more dates to our ‘Collector’s Tour’ event. You can now sign up to attend on 16 or ...
02/05/2024

Due to popular demand, we have added more dates to our ‘Collector’s Tour’ event. You can now sign up to attend on 16 or 23 May. Sign up on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/o/brunei-gallery-soas-33505338017

A collector's approach to acquiring art may be quite different from that of a curator or member of museum staff. In this tour, the enigmatic collector of the artworks in our 'Painting Freedom: Indian Modernism and its rebels' will reveal his process of aquiring his collection, in a field which was and still is largely under-researched. Without numerous connoisseurs in the field, the collector must become an expert in ensuring authenticity, understanding the value of an object, and building a cohesive collection. Most importantly, the tour will highlight the passion for collecting.

This is sure to be a unique experience, and of great value to anyone working in, or interested in going into auction houses and art sales.

This event is free and open to the public.

Are you travelling to London and hoping to immerse yourself in culture and art? Why not drop in to the Brunei Gallery SO...
30/04/2024

Are you travelling to London and hoping to immerse yourself in culture and art? Why not drop in to the Brunei Gallery SOAS! We have a wide variety of material on display, including our current exhibition - 'Painting Freedom'!

Have you come to see our Artwork and Object collection on display in the Foyle Gallery? 💙We've switched things up a bit,...
28/04/2024

Have you come to see our Artwork and Object collection on display in the Foyle Gallery? 💙

We've switched things up a bit, so come see what's new and get inspired! 🖼️✨

27/04/2024

✨Visit our latest exhibition at the Brunei Gallery!✨

Step into the world of Indian modern art and witness the journey towards cultural independence through the masterpieces of Jamini Roy, Rabindranath Tagore, and Hemen Majumdar.

The team at the Brunei Gallery had a mystery on their hands when three brass Buddha statues were discovered. Lucy Kauser...
25/04/2024

The team at the Brunei Gallery had a mystery on their hands when three brass Buddha statues were discovered. Lucy Kauser shares the process of unraveling their origins and ensuring they meet ethical standards for collection. Click here to see how we pieced together their fascinating story. 🕵️‍♂️🔍

When three brass Buddha statues turned up a the Brunei Gallery, the team had to find out where they came from. Lucy Kauser takes us on a journey of what happened next.

Thanks to everyone who attended today's 'Object in Focus' workshop today.  Lecturer and Tibetan and Buddhist Art special...
24/04/2024

Thanks to everyone who attended today's 'Object in Focus' workshop today.

Lecturer and Tibetan and Buddhist Art specialist Dr Christian Luczanits chose three objects from our SOAS Object & Artwork Collection to discuss - three Tibetan Buddhist statues. He explained how we can determine the age, region, technique of production and more, all just from inspecting the statues themselves.

Would you like to attend another workshop focusing on SOAS's Collections? What should we cover next?

Did you know Saint George isn't only England's patron? His patronage extends to Catalonia, Georgia, Moldova, Palestine, ...
23/04/2024

Did you know Saint George isn't only England's patron? His patronage extends to Catalonia, Georgia, Moldova, Palestine, Ethiopia, and more. Check out this stunning 20th-century Ethiopian artwork of him battling the dragon 🎨🐉

Discover the vibrant roots of Indian modern art at the Brunei Gallery SOAS and be captivated by the beauty and diversity...
21/04/2024

Discover the vibrant roots of Indian modern art at the Brunei Gallery SOAS and be captivated by the beauty and diversity of this unique art form!

Come and visit Painting Freedom! 🇮🇳

Step into the breathtaking Foyle Gallery at the Brunei Gallery SOAS, home to our amazing Artwork and Object collection 💙...
19/04/2024

Step into the breathtaking Foyle Gallery at the Brunei Gallery SOAS, home to our amazing Artwork and Object collection 💙

Explore different regions with our collection of stunning works - there's something for everyone to enjoy!

Have you come to see our latest exhibition yet? Don't wait too long! Come and discover the roots of Indian modern art to...
16/04/2024

Have you come to see our latest exhibition yet? Don't wait too long!

Come and discover the roots of Indian modern art today at the Brunei Gallery SOAS!🖌️🎨🇮🇳

🎨 OPEN FROM TODAY! Discover the vibrant world of Indian modern art at our newest exhibition. Join us as we explore the q...
11/04/2024

🎨 OPEN FROM TODAY! Discover the vibrant world of Indian modern art at our newest exhibition. Join us as we explore the quest for cultural independence through Jamini Roy, Rabindranath Tagore, Hemen Majumdar, and more! 🇮🇳🖼️

04/04/2024

Just one week to go until 'Painting Freedom: Indian modernism and its rebels' opens here at the Brunei Gallery! Don't miss out on a chance to explore the beginnings and roots of Indian modern art.🌏🇮🇳

Get ready art enthusiasts! We have something you won't want to miss this April. Our new exhibition on the origins of Ind...
01/04/2024

Get ready art enthusiasts! We have something you won't want to miss this April. Our new exhibition on the origins of Indian modern art is opening in less than two weeks - you won't want to miss this! 🎨🇮🇳

Today for Women’s History Month, we are highlighting a recent donation to the SOAS Object & Artwork Collection of a set ...
30/03/2024

Today for Women’s History Month, we are highlighting a recent donation to the SOAS Object & Artwork Collection of a set of Barbara Tyrell prints.

Barbara Tyrell was a renowned South African artist, born in Durban in 1912. She is celebrated for her detailed clothing and hairstyle studies from South Africa. She trained as an artist at the University of Natal in the 1930s and her connection with the Zulu world became a central theme in her work.

Tyrell’s work has been exhibited at the Van Riebeek Tercentenary Exhibition in Cape Town, the Tate Gallery in London, Killie Campbell Collections at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, and South African National Gallery in Cape Town. Additionally, it is in the permanent collections at Killie Campbell Africana Library, Museum Afrika in Johannesburg and Queenstown Art Gallery, and now at SOAS, University of London.

These prints were generously donated to the SOAS Collections by Alison Kidd, on behalf of the late Eric Rosenthal, in 2024.

We're celebrating   with the incredible Rose Issa, a curator, writer and producer who has championed visual art and film...
29/03/2024

We're celebrating with the incredible Rose Issa, a curator, writer and producer who has championed visual art and film from the MENA region for over 30 years.

A truly valued friend of the Brunei Gallery, she donated these amazing works to us in 2023!🎨

Happy Holi from all of us at the Brunei Gallery, SOAS.This picture is going to be featured in our upcoming exhibition ‘P...
25/03/2024

Happy Holi from all of us at the Brunei Gallery, SOAS.

This picture is going to be featured in our upcoming exhibition ‘Painting Freedom: Indian modernism and its rebels’, opening 11 April

Image: ‘Untitled: Three Women’, Jamini Roy (1887-1972), 1940, Gouache on paper

Would you like to learn more about Tibetan art? Or perhaps how to identify the age, region or other details from inspect...
24/03/2024

Would you like to learn more about Tibetan art? Or perhaps how to identify the age, region or other details from inspecting an object? Join SOAS lecturer Dr Christian Luczanits, who will be running a session focusing on some objects from the SOAS collection at 1.15pm on Wednesday 24 April.

Attendance is free, but booking is essential as spaces are limited. Search for "Object in Focus" on Eventbrite, or follow the link below to book your space!
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/object-in-focus-tickets-860925219507

Image: Buddha Shakyamuni in earth witness posture. Bronze, 20th century replica in a style of the 13th or 14th century. SOAS Collections.

This is Pegu Meh Daw, the Burmese nat known as 'Lady Buffalo' who represents protection of the home and family. She is u...
23/03/2024

This is Pegu Meh Daw, the Burmese nat known as 'Lady Buffalo' who represents protection of the home and family. She is uniquely portrayed as wearing a water buffalo skull due to the legend that surrounds her, and she is a fascinating depiction of one of the most important women in Burmese culture. 🌟🐃

You can find her on display in the Foyle Gallery exhibition space here at the Brunei Gallery SOAS!

✨Only three weeks to go!✨Get ready to immerse yourself in the rich history of Indian modern art at our upcoming exhibiti...
21/03/2024

✨Only three weeks to go!✨

Get ready to immerse yourself in the rich history of Indian modern art at our upcoming exhibition, opening on April 11th at Brunei Gallery SOAS! 🎨

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The Brunei Gallery as part of SOAS for over 20 years has displayed exhibitions that reflect the many diverse subjects and regions studied by the School being dedicated to promoting a better understanding of the art, culture, history and contemporary contexts of Africa, Asia and the Middle East to a new and wider audience through its programme of changing exhibitions and use of the Schools Collections.

The inaugural exhibition was held at the Galleries in May 1996 Empire of the Sultans, an exhibition of Ottoman art from the collection of Dr. Nasser D.Khalili subsequent exhibitions covering a wide range of subjects reflecting the Schools areas of study have included:

Chinese textiles; the European experience of Africa and the Middle East; Islamic art traditions; contemporary Israeli art; contemporary art and design from Africa, Asia and the Middle East; Persian paintings; Japanese art; Middle Eastern archaeology; historical Indian photography; Ethiopian 17th century art and architecture; history of the Arabian Peninsula; traditional crafts including Malay wood carving; Chinese ceramics; Egyptian textiles and tapestries; exploring the various medical, spiritual and dietary traditions for well-being from Islamic, Hindu and Buddhist customs; contemporary Middle Eastern art and Indian music traditions amongst many others.

In January 2011 the Gallery reached a landmark with its 100th Exhibition Bridge of Knowledge: Western Appreciation of Arab and Islamic Civilisation in the Arcadian Library. Later that year it hosted the first ever major exhibition on the Golden Temple (Harimandir Sahib) of Amritsar and in 2013 the landmark exhibition The Everlasting Flame: Zoroastrianism in History and Imagination the first exhibition of its kind to provide a visual narrative of the history of Zoroastrianism.

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