Into India: South Asian Paintings from The San Diego Museum of Art
On Monday, February 27, 2012, one hundred and six works from the Museum's world-class Edwin Binney 3rd Collection opened in the exhibition entitled Into India: South Asian Paintings from The San Diego Museum of Art at the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum of Art in Madrid, Spain. The exhibition, encompassing works from the 12th to 19th centuries explores a range of art made from a variety of foreign patrons who entered India from Central Asia to attain positions of power. Having come to India and settled there for prolonged periods, these foreign patrons commissioned paintings by local Indian artists who adapted their styles and practices to accommodate the wishes of their new patrons. Into India allows the viewer to understand the extraordinary abilities of Indian artists to adapt to foreign models while maintaining an essential quality in their work that remains unmistakably Indian.
The international theme of this exhibition has gained international attention, having previously been on display in the United States, China, France, Switzerland, and Canada; this will be its first stop in Spain. Roxana Velásquez, Executive Director, who accompanied the world-renowned works of art to Spain exclaimed “It is an honor to lend works from our permanent collection to a major international art institution such as the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum – a museum best known for displaying magnificent art from around the world. Equally as exciting is that The San Diego Museum of Art is the institution bringing an exhibition of Indian paintings to Spain for the first time,” says Velásquez.