Princeton University to exhibit Hindu gods

The Ivy League Princeton University’s Art Museum will showcase paintings of various Hindu deities and legends in an upcoming exhibition “Epic Tales from India” from November 19 through February five next.

This “monumental exhibition of narrative art” encompassing 91 paintings from 16th through the 19th century at Princeton University Art Museum (PUAM) will present images of Rama and Sita, Radha and Krishna, Hanuman, Churning of the Ocean, Krishna and Balarama, Abhimanyu, Rama-Sita-Lakshman, etc., and other paintings from Ramayana, Bhagavata Purana, etc.; reports suggest.

“Epic Tales from India” will subsequently travel to the Blanton Museum of Art at the University of Texas at Austin (July nine, 2017 to October 15, 2017) and the San Diego Museum of Art (March 3, 2018 to June 12, 2018). A 156-page illustrated publication will accompany the exhibition, as will a slate of affiliated programs, including a lecture by the curator, family day activities and a film series. The exhibition is curated by Marika Sardar of San Diego Museum of Art and organizing curator at the PUAM is Zoe S. Kwok.

Commending PUAM for exhibiting Hindu deities and Hinduism legends, distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada today, said that art had a long and rich tradition in Hinduism and ancient Sanskrit literature talked about religious paintings of deities on wood or cloth.

Rajan Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, urged major art museums of the world, including Musee du Louvre and Musee d’Orsay of Paris, Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Los Angeles Getty Center, Uffizi Gallery of Florence (Italy), Art Institute of Chicago, Tate Modern of London, Prado Museum of Madrid, National Gallery of Art in Washington DC, etc., to frequently organize Hindu art focused exhibitions, thus sharing the rich Hindu art heritage with the rest of the world.

PUAM, with history dating back to the 1750s, claims to be “one of the finest university art museums in the world”, whose collections of over 97,000 works of art spanning the globe range from ancient to contemporary art, and which welcomes over 125,000 visitors annually. James Christen Steward is the Director.

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