The Body in Indian Art
05.10.2013 › 05.01.2014
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
T 02 507 82 00
€ tickets (Audioguide included)
adults : 14€
groups, seniors : 11€
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students, 12>25 years old, jobseekers : 8€
6>12 years old : 4€
school groups : 1€
-6 years old : free
Body / Indomania: 23€ (Audioguide included)
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Rue Terarken & Rue Montagne de la Cour B-1000 Brussels
subway Central Station & Park
bus 27, 29, 38, 63, 65, 66, 71, 71N, 95
tram 92, 94
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Whoever admires Indian statuary or Moghul miniatures, who is interested in its tradition of physical culture, massage, the practice of medicine, dance, who observes Indian women dressed in their shimmering saris, or the pantheon of Hindu gods and their extraordinary bodies, who studies the concept of purity and impurity that is so crucial in Indian society… cannot help but be struck by the omnipresence of the body in Indian art and culture. Alternating between sensual, untouchable, adorned, sacred, tool or obstacle, it is because the body touches upon so many aspects of Indian culture that we have chosen it as the central theme of the festival’s opening exhibition.
The Body in Indian Art has used a unique conceptual framework to examine the ways in which Indian art has represented/ treated the intricacies of the vast and germane subject of the ‘body’. Through the curator’s vision the viewer is invited to explore what inheres within the body, and to question what drives Indian bodies. Where do society’s archetypes of heroism and valour rest, for example? What motivates abstinence and asceticism? How does a civilisation view the rites of passage, death, and birth? To what extent do Indians believe that the body’s fate is destined / predetermined, and to what degree is fortune in the hand of those people who shape it for themselves?
This exhibition importantly reveals the body not only as the subject of art, but also as the medium used to convey the values, preoccupations and aspirations of the times. What emerges is a complex plurality where no gallery presents a singular view. The multiplicity is born of the diversity in geography, chronology, patronage, religion and art material that is present in every gallery of the exhibition. The questions posed in each gallery are universal, existential ones, but Ahuja has taken care not to fall into the trap of simplification for the sake of communicating any singular teleology. Through art, he has shown the body as a site for defining individual identity, negotiating power, and experimenting with the nature of representation itself. This is a richly layered exposition that also re-examines the classical in light of our changing views of social exclusion, gender and sexuality.
The Body in Indian Art brings together 250 masterpieces from approximately 50 of India’s museums, archaeological institutes, and private collections, in an exploration of the complex and multifaceted understandings of the ‘Body’.
The exhibition will be divided into eight chapters, in which sculptures as well as miniatures, textiles and jewels enter upon religious, aesthetic, philosophic, and cosmologic themes. The ensemble of objects reflects the diversity and splendour of India’s art. Ranging from monumental stone sculptures located in the storerooms of provincial smalltowns, to Chola bronzes from Tanjore, and manuscripts about magic painted for the Mughal Emperor Akbar from the fabled library of the Nawabs of Rampur, the exhibition provides the spectator with examples of artworks of unparalleled excellence, many of which have never before been publicly exhibited, nor published.
Curator: Naman Ahuja (JNU – School of Arts and Aesthetics)
Advisors: Richard Blurton & Jan Van Alphen
Scenografie: Sabine Theunissen
Catalogus: Ludion - NL | FR | EN
Organisatie: ICCR, Europalia International, in samenwerking met BOZAR Expo