TOKYO -- Two groundbreaking exhibitions of Southeast Asian art opened in the Japanese capital in early July. One tells the story of the immense changes the region has experienced over the past few decades; the other focuses on Thailand's long history. Both, however, show many of the hidden aspects of one of the world's most diverse and dynamic regions.
A total of 86 artists and groups of artists are exhibiting at "Sunshower: Contemporary Art from Southeast Asia 1980s to Now" across two museums -- the National Art Center, Tokyo, and the Mori Art Museum. The exhibition is being held to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.