Indomania From Rembrandt to the Beatles
16.10.2013 > 26.01.2014
Centre for Fine Arts
Rue Ravenstein 23
Tu › Su 10:00>18:00
24 & 31.12.2013 > 16:00
closed 25.12.2013 & 01.01.2014
T 02 540 80 80
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6>12 years old without audioguide : 2€
school groups : 1€
-6 years old : free
Indomania / The Body in Indian Art: 23€ (Audioguide included)
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In 1498, Vasco da Gama opened the sea route to India. Jesuits and European traders flooded the Indian coast, sending back accounts of the splendour of the Mughal Empire and the manys trange customs and rituals. Fascination for India was widespread. Spices, textiles, diamonds, mother of pearl, and exotic animals returned on ships and served as inspiration for artists on our continent.
The stories of these travellers were still strongly influenced by the fantastic accounts ofGreek and oman travellers (the first being Alexander the Great in 326 BC) but they slowly began to paint a more objective picture of the country. As yet, the European feeling of superiority, which accompanied the later colonial period, did not heavily influence their curiosity.
This period is the starting point for Indomania, an exhibition exploring the encounters between India and Europe – through the eyes of Western travellers – which alternates between fascination, superiority, fear and all too often betrays ignorance. What are the cultural and artistic consequences of these encounters? What is the contemporary Western perception of India, and what aspects of the centuries-old depiction of this continent still play a role today?
This is the first time that this topic will be explored across such a wide period of time, from the 16th century until the present day. The history of this period provides the backdrop for the exhibition and invites the visitor to discover a fascinating and little known story, from the Mughal Empire (15261857) over colonisation to independence (1947) and the India of today.
The variety of artists, artworks, disciplines and media are an almost literal translation of the many, for the West, impermeable layers of Indian culture: magnificent 16th and 17th century jewellery; drawings by Rembrandt after Indian miniatures, drawings and engravings of the Indian rhinoceros by Dürer and his followers; 17th and 18th century textiles and cashmere; Indian paintings commissioned by the British of landscapes, the cast system and rituals; photography (from the earliest documented, to great names such as Henri Cartier Bresson); architecture (Le Corbusier, Jeanneret…), cinema (Rosselini, Pasolini, Renoir…), literature (Forster, Moravia…), and music (Wagner, The Beatles…) guide the public through this remarkable journey.
The second half of the 20th century and the first decade of the 21st century are strongly represented by names such as Keith Sonnier, Luigi Ontani, Richard Long, Wolfgang Laib and Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker. But Indomania will also look at how India inspires today’s artists. To understand this, Europalia has sent two Belgian artists to visit two different places in the invited country: Max Pinckers to the busy metropolis of Mumbai and Hans Op de Beeck to Hampi (Karnataka), the site of the hushed, unique ruins of Vijayanagara dynasty (1336-1565). There, they will both create new artworks that will be shown for the first time in Indomania.
Now available for order: Will They Sing Like Raindrops or Leave Me Thirsty, Max Pinckers’catalogue of photography. The price will be defined at publication in 2014.
Curators: Deepak Ananth, Dirk Vermaelen. In collaboration with the MAS, Antwerpen.
Advisors: Jan Parmentier (the MAS, Antwerp, Conservator maritieme collecties before 1830), Idesbald Goddeeris (KULeuven)
Scenography: OFFICE Kersten Geers David van Severen
Catalogue: Ludion - NL | FR | EN
Organisation: Europalia International, in collaboration with BOZAR Expo