Forms of Devotion exhibition features about 200 art works by nearly 100 artists from different regions of India, selected by the curators out of a collection of 1000+ works sourced and commissioned by Martin Gurvich for MOSA’s permanent collection. Spiritual and sacred in their ethos, the collection includes creations in varied media and modes by mostly living artists. Paintings, drawings, collage, digital work, sculptures, installations, videos, films, sound, and interactive, site specific, and mixed media works feature alongside research and concept based expressions to explore the theme from different socio-cultural-philosophical perspectives. Contextualized in the history, philosophy and ideology of the culture, the collection represents the entire gamut of Indian creativity- its rootedness and innovation.
There are small icons as used in roadside shrines as well as monumental edifices, some by renowned Indian masters and others by emerging stars. Encompassing art works created for rituals and offerings, adornment and celebration, be it decorative or provocative, rural or urban, old or new, bazar art or high end creations, local or global, the conciliatory or the provocative; the exhibition and the project engage with representations of icons and ideas, in myths, folk-lore, popular culture, or sufi spirit, in diverse forms and genres.
The exhibition, along with the book, the film and spiritual arts festival is on display until 26 April 2015 at Lalit Kala Akademi in New Delhi, India. It will then tour internationally for showings in different museums and galleries in Americas, Europe and Far East.
The content and size of the exhibition during its international tour will be planned from within the core collection, and in consultation with the host museum and their curators to fit in with each institution’s target audience,available space and resources. The works will finally be accessioned into the permanent collection to be housed in the new building for the Museum of Sacred Art.