The Spiritual in Indian Art

Forms of Devotion: The Spiritual in Indian Art
A multimedia multidimensional inclusive art project

Presented by
Museum of Sacred Art (MOSA) Belgium & Teamwork Arts, India

In partnership with
Shanghai International Arts Festival

At China Art Museum, Shanghai
6 November 2015 to 21 February 2016

Curators: Sushma K Bahl & Archana B Sapra

‘Forms of Devotion: The Spiritual in Indian Art’, is a large and holistic exposition of over 4o0 works of art in diverse forms and modes created by nearly 200 artists from across India and beyond. Reflective of the country’s plural culture, the original and recently created artworks displayed in nine thematically designed inter-disciplinary sections, celebrate creativity and vibrancy of devotional and spiritual art of India. With its inclusive and open thrust, the collection engages with continuity and change. It features classical inspired, traditional, tribal, folk, popular, new media and contemporary art. Transcending different socio-cultural-philosophical perspectives and creative practises – figurative, abstract, digital, electronic, project or performance based or another- it flows as a continuum and popular resource across faiths and varied conceptual layering. Created for rituals and offerings, adornment and celebration, be it ascetic or ornate, rural or urban, old or new, mythical or modern, bazar art or high end creations, local or global, and evocative and provocative; the assemblage of meditative, sacred and secular art includes icons, epics, and ideas. The project brings diverse styles, forms, media and faiths on a shared platform. Besides the art exhibition, a catalogue, a two volume illustrated book, a specially made film and lectures form an integral part of the program. The multimedia multidimensional project facilitates encounters and dialogue for social cohesion in today’s multicultural global context – Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam (world is a family).

bahl.archana@gmail.com / sushmakbahl@gmail.com

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