Special Exhibitions ( Past Exhibition )

Safarnama: Journeys through a Kalamkari Hanging A Photographic Exhibition

Start Date: 08-04-2013  End Date: 21-04-2013    Ajanta Hall 1st floor
8th to 21st April 2013 | From 10.00 am to 5 pm at the Ajanta Hall 1st floor

'Safar-Nama: Journeys Through A Kalamkari Hanging" exhibition explores a unique textile that represents the formation of European taste in relation to demand for Indian textiles. This early 17th century piece is painted in the kalamkari tradition where kalam (pen made of bamboo) is used for painting the fabric.

This hanging is full of flora and fauna which reveal layers of memory associated with the symbolism and cultural ethos of different geographical areas. The hanging is a masterpiece-a virtual template, drawing on the diverse elements which had contributed to the making of the mature chintz design. It is also a pointer to further enrichment deriving inspiration from artistic features of Persian, Thai, Chinese, Japanese and Malay manifestations while there is affinity with paintings of the Tilism category found in the Mughal, Persian and Deccani schools.

This piece is housed in the French city of Mulhouse at the Musée de l'impression sur étoffes de Mulhouse, (the Museum of Printed Textiles, Mulhouse, France). Considering the delicate nature of the artefact this exhibition is based not on the fabric, but on high resolution digital prints. These detailed images show the cultural and artistic complexity that makes this hanging an extremely unique and valuable artefact.

Musical Landscapes & The Goddesses of Music Recent Advances in Interactive Art

Start Date: 28-11-2013  End Date: 15-01-2014   
Ranjit Makkuni & Sacred World Research Laboratory www.sacredworld.info

The story of Rama : Indian miniatures from the National Museum, New Delhi

Start Date: 22-05-2015  End Date: 23-08-2015    National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Australia

Baluchars: The Woven Narrative Silks of Bengal

Start Date: 08-02-2019  End Date: 20-03-2019  8th February 2019 to 20th March 2019   Special exhibition hall
Date of Inauguration: 8th -02-2019 05:00 P.M.
Time: 10am to 6pm (Closed on Mondays and national holidays)

Weavers Studio Resource Centre (WSRC), Kolkata in collaboration with the National Museum, New Delhi will be mounting an exhibition on the historic Baluchar textiles of Bengal in February 2019 at the Museum.This three-hundred-old weaving tradition known for its unique pictorial representation inspired by the prevailing socio-cultural and artistic conditions began in the Nawabi centre of Murshidabad. Over time, this art form disappeared only to be revived in Bishnupur and Varanasi. Despite the revived textiles differed in techniques, materials and aesthetics, it was a continuation of this unique heritage. The exhibition will showcase never seen collections including that of National Museum, Crafts Museum as well as textiles from prominent private collectors.

The exhibition will ensure a holistic understanding of this textile tradition including situating its context, understanding its designs and motifs, comparison to relevant art forms, materials and techniques used in weaving these textiles as well as contemporary take on this artistic tradition. The interactive exhibition will be aided by an audio-visual display, live demonstrations on the looms by weavers. In addition a series of events will accompany the exhibition including an International Seminar with prominent scholars, curators and textile experts discussing the Baluchar traditions, curated walk-throughs and activities. The exhibition aims to appeal to a diverse audience and educate them on the various aspects and contexts of Baluchar textile.

Sanaugavut Inuit Art

Start Date: 27-09-2010  End Date: 02-01-2011    National Museum, New Delhi
By: the Canadian Arctic

Inuit Nunangat - the Inuit homeland in Canada - is a glorious expanse of taiga and tundra, polar ice and permafrost that has been inhabited by Inuit and ancestral peoples for more than 4000 years. Since the mid-twentieth century, Inuit artists have established a powerful art movement that tells a compelling story of artistic invention and cultural continuity. Featuring masterworks from the collection of the National Gallery of Canada, the exhibition Sanaugavut, meaning "our works of art" in Inuktitut, focuses on the emer¬gence of this most recent stage of creative expression and features sculptures, prints, drawings, textile art, and video that highlight the significant themes of Inuit art - traditional social life and customs, spiritual beliefs and mythology, historical moments and personal experiences - in a richly diverse range of artistic media and styles.

Some of the earliest arts and crafts centres were established in the Nunavik region and many of the classic early themes - iconic figures of hunters, or mother and child - originate here. Depictions of wildlife are based on close observation of the natural world. Artists in these communities have an interest in narration and, with a degree of vivid realism, choose to illustrate an episode of a legend or explain how to perform traditional skills, thus offering a glimpse of the reality of everyday life.

Art from the Qikiqtaaluk region is often charac­terized by the lyrical humour and flamboyance its creators have brought to their subjects. The green serpentinite stones found in local quarries are the preferred carving material for many artists because its hardness allows for dynamic arrangements, while the polished surface enhances the natural beauty of the stone. In both sculpture and works on paper, subject matter and naturalism is important yet is married to a desire to create elegant and challenging compositions.

In the Kivalliq region, artists have a minimalist approach that intuitively follows the natural shape of the dense local stone. Forms are simple and bold. With a focus on figurative abstraction, the works communicate the importance of family and community in Inuit society, yet possess a timeless quality that relays universal concepts of humanity.

Kitikmeot artists are also inspired by their prin­ciple carving material - whale bone - and their works reflect the traditional animistic world view in an expressionistic or even surreal style. Often dynamic or even grotesque, their sculptures capture the power of shamans and the mystery of the spirit world. Farther west, the culture of the Inuvialuit Inuit is unique within Canada. Artists have used their art to record their distinctive legends, customs and history The vibrantly coloured prints from Ulukhaktok have made the region famous.

Contemporary artists perform a balancing act in their art, exploring new media and current concerns while maintaining traditions. Regional schools may still be distinguished, yet communica­tion between artists and their growing interaction with the southern Canadian and international art world has led to broader interests. Some artists explore new materials such as silver and non- traditional subjects such as a skier's torso. Many continue to use their art to affirm the relevance and value of their culture in the modern world.

Rama - Katha

Start Date: 16-08-2013  End Date: 25-10-2013   
Ram Katha

The exhibition ‘Rama-Katha – The story of Rama through Indian Miniatures’ will remain on view at National Museum from 16th August, 2013 to 25th October, 2013 except on Mondays.

Rama-katha, the story of Rama, is one of the most popular themes in religious literature of India. The earliest source of Rama-katha is ‘Ramayana’ (the journey of Rama), attributed to sage-poet Valmiki, created around 5th-4thcentury BCE. The text, in Sanskrit, consists of around 24,000 shlokas (verse-couplets), divided into seven kandas (cantos).

The exhibition consists of 101 masterpieces of the Ramayana theme paintings, from the collection of National Museum. It enables the visitor to have an idea of the different styles of Indian miniature painting, reflecting on the interpretation of the same theme across stylistic genres. All major styles of Pahari painting, namely Basohli, Guler, Chamba, Mandi, Kangra, Nurpur and Bilaspur are on display. Rajasthani styles represented are Mewar, Bundi, Kota, Jodhpur, Jaipur, Bikaner, Kishangarh and Deogarh. There are representations from Central Indian styles of Malwa, Orchha, Datia and Raghogarh, besides specimens of Provincial Mughal style from Bundelkhand. Deccani from Bijapur and classical folk style of Kalighat are also on display.

Some of the outstanding miniature paintings on display are The portrait of Rama, (Basohli style, Pahari, circa 1730); Rama breaks lord Shiva’s bow in the court of king Janaka, (Provincial Mughal style, Orchha, Bundelkhand, early 17th century); Wedding of Rama and Sita(Shangri Ramayana folio, Mandi style, Pahari, mid 18th century); Bharata returns to Ayodhya with Rama’s padukas, (Jaipur – Datia mixed style, Rajasthan mid 18th century); Rama, Lakshmana and the golden deer, (Kalighat style, Bengal, late 19th century); Setubandhanam: Rama and Lakshmana, with their army of monkeys and bears, cross the bridge to reach Lanka, (Guler style drawing, Pahari, circa 1770); Hanuman, with Dronagiri mountain, Raghogarh style, (Central India, late 18th century); Agni Pariksha- The fire ordeal of Sita, (Kangra style, Pahari, circa 1800) and Mother earth receiving her daughter Sita back to her womb, (Kangra style, Pahari, early 19th century).

‘Rama Katha’ exhibition of Ramayana miniature paintings will travel to Royal Museum of Art and History, Brussels, Belgium, where it will be on display for a duration of six months from 20th November, 2013 to 18th May, 2014.

Anywhere out of the world - An intervention by Pascal Monteil

Start Date: 26-09-2013  End Date: 11-10-2013    National Museum, Janpath, New Delhi.

Opening of the gallery 'Tradition Art and Continuity'

Start Date: 06-02-2014  End Date: 06-02-2014    National Museum Janpath, New Delhi
by Smt. Chandresh Kumari Katoch Hon'ble Union Minister of Culture, Govt of India at National Museum Janpath, New Delhi on 6th Feb 2014 (Thursday), 5:00 pm.

The Body in Indian Art Curated by Naman P Ahuja

Start Date: 12-03-2014  End Date: 07-06-2014    National Museum, New Delhi

A Passionate Eye Textiles, Paintings ans sculptures from the Bharany Donation

Start Date: 12-07-2014  End Date: 14-08-2014    National Museum, New Delhi
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