《未褪色的金碧輝煌：緬甸古典音樂在北藝大》展 （Unfaded Splendor: Myanmar/Burmese Classical Music in TNUA）
（Unfaded Splendor: Myanmar/Burmese Classical Music in TNUA）
This exhibit derives from the well-received museum work “Unfaded Splendor: Contemporary Development and Multiple Representations of Myanmar/Burmese Classical Music,” held at the Institute of Ethnology from Academia Sinica in Taipei. This exhibit at the Taipei National University of the Arts features part of Sinica’s collection with an aim to carry its spirit of promoting Burmese music and dance. This endeavor is of particular significance as Burmese traditional arts have undergone a recent metamorphosis due to the country taking a relatively liberal stance towards a global audience.
The most prominent showcase of the exhibit is the display of a complete set of Hsaìng musical instruments, a percussive ensemble composed of drum sets and gong sets. This unique Hsaìng was procured by the TNUA’s Department of Traditional Music in 2008. It is of outstanding grandeur decorated with highly exquisite Burmese artwork amongst which a pinsayuba, a court-derived mythological creature with a hybrid of five animal parts rarely seen outside of Burma, is featured.
This exhibit also highlights the material, social and cultural aspects of the contemporary performing arts in which this ensemble is popularly used. In these aspects, it represents rich forms occurring in the early twentieth century through the display of historical postcards. It also leads the audience to comprehend the roles of Hsaìng music in Burmese daily life through the cultural settings such as the puppet show, the Initiation ceremony for boys (shinpyu), and the Parasol-placing ceremony (htì-tin pwè). Moreover, it presents an introductory section devoted to Burmese musical instruments. By showcasing their audio-visual records, it aims to provide the viewer with a glimpse into the dazzling world of Burmese classical music.