Visions of India: South Asian Paintings from The San Diego Museum of Art
Organized by the Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia In collaboration with The San Diego Museum of Art
June 12 through September 8, 2013
Visions of India: South Asian Paintings from The San Diego Museum of Art offers a journey through some of the painting so brilliantly cultivated in the Indian subcontinent from the twelfth to the nineteenth century, in small format, by way of illustration.
With its 104 works—illuminated manuscripts Buddhists, Jains, and Hindus; books of illustrated Persian poetry, albums patrons gathered that were produced by the exquisite Mughal court; and single illustrations produced for British colonials—this exhibition highlights the remarkable ability of Indian artists to adapt their styles and ways of working to suit the foreign cultural traditions that predominated India at that time.
These painters created a type of painting that was very unique and prized by its changing clientele while still retaining a distinctly Indian character.
The works in this exhibition are part of the fund that the collector Edwin Binney 3rd, heir to the "Crayola" brand, donated to The San Diego Museum of Art, upon his death in 1986.
For the Mexican public Visions of India represents an extraordinary opportunity to further an interest in the cultures of India that began in response to the exhibition "Ancient Art of India" which was held at the National Museum of Cultures from October 2011 to January 2012.
For audiences unfamiliar with the art and culture of India, "Visions" offers an introduction to the vast, rich, and inexhaustible set of traditions of this region, incorporating images and scenes that correspond to various religions over a span of 700 years.