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In the late 18th and early 19th century (200 years ago), the hashtag that could have been trending in Europe (and the West in general) would be : #Orientalism.  It was then, that Irish poet and author Thomas Moore wrote a bestseller encouraged by none other than Lord Byron himself who nudged him to explore the Orient in his works. And so he did, beginning one of his most famous works, “Lalla Rookh” in 1811. Lalla Rookh was published in May…

Shubho Mahalaya!  As a child growing up with Bengali grandparents, this day meant about waking up to the sound of a booming voice on the radio, narrating a story I couldn’t particularly understand; it also meant, a celebration was coming and that there would be lots of delicious food. As we inch closer to the 9 days of pure fun,  I find that strange connect with the Goddess brewing up again and that’s the most special thing about Durga -…

Ever wondered what the oldest object in a collection is? Or whether a particular painting or exhibit has a hidden meaning? What does it mean to be a Curator and is there an academic course for it? Ask-A-Curator Day is for all the things you always wanted to know but didn’t know who or how to ask! In India, museum visits are either institutional or tourist-y things to do.  It is not common to walk into a museum and find…

Rembrandt is one of the greatest artists in history, with his name alone being synonymous with fine art itself!  Yet, few know him as one of the earliest European admirers of Mughal Art. At the peak of his career, he was influenced by Mughal miniatures and did several etchings based on these.  He drew at least 2 dozen versions of Mughal miniatures he had collected and some of his artworks from a later period reflect this “oriental” inspiration. Back in…

Do you love photography and want to be inspired? Head to an Art-Museum to sharpen your skills and learn, says photographer-mom Trish Reschly from Kansas City. Read more for her pro-tips on composition, light, colour and more that you can learn from museums! 1. Find Your Voice What is it about this piece that grabbed your attention? What makes this specific piece stand out? How is this artist’s collection of work unique and recognizable from other artists? Is it the use…

Krishna, the 8th incarnation of Vishnu has been the muse for artists across centuries. In celebrating his birthday, here are five Krishna stories from Art Museums across the world! I love the Balgopal versions of Krishna for a simple reason : it tells me God too, was once a kid.  No other deity has that connect with children (at the most, probably Ganesha) and the stories of Krishna’s childhood are just too adorable!  South India is famous for its 10th…

Applications are invited from eligible Indian citizens for the position of “Deputy Curator / Keeper” (one vacancy) at the Salar Jung Museum, Hyderabad India. Essentials: Qualifications:A Master’s degree in Museology / Fine Arts /Archeology /History from a recognized University AND Experience:5 years work-experience at a reputed Museum / Cultural Institution in a responsible position Desirable: (i)   Diploma in Museology for Non Museology Post Graduates. (ii)  Published works on Museum. (iii) Computer Knowledge (M.S. Office). (iv) Experience of using Collections…

I first came to know of the Kapdaganda Shawl’s story at the Odisha State Museum in Bhubaneswar, a few years ago. Ever since, I have been quite fascinated by it and have taken every opportunity to tell friends, and those I come in contact with about the Dongria Tribe and its Shawl of Love. What is it? This colourful shawl, embroidered with motifs and designs on both sides is attributed to Dongria Kondh tribe of Odisha. It is intricately woven and…

As you walk through the Contemporary Arts section of the Government Museum and Art Gallery in Chandigarh, there is a small indiscreet space called the “M.N Sharma Gallery”.  These are the objects donated by the Indian Architect in Corbusier’s team as a testimony of his legacy. Amidst the 10-odd objects, there’s a replica of the Rooster-Fountain that stands proudly in the middle of Sector 17’s Plaza – the one designed to be the heart of the city by Corbusier. I’ve…

Raza’s art is an example of how simple geometric shapes can convey powerful ideas.  Here’s a  deeper look into the art and philosophy of S.H Raza : India’s most famous contemporary abstract artist including activities for children ! The above quote could be so true for S.H Raza – one of India’s most famous contemporary abstract artists. When you think of Raza, you instantly think of circles, triangles, squares and lines, in all shades of primary colours. It is these geometrical motifs that make him so…

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