Princes, Palaces & Passion

lovers on a terrace
Lovers on a terrace, approx.1810.

Today marks the start of a new exhibit at the Asian Art Museum, Princes, Palaces, and Passion: The Art of India’s Mewar Kingdom. For the first time outside of India, an exhibition of 74 rare artworks ranging from the early 16th to early 20th centuries, conveys the artistic traditions of the legendary kingdom of Mewar and its capital city Udaipur in the Rajasthan region. Special events associated with this exhibit include performances by traditional storytellers from Rajasthan Mohan Bhopa and his wife Patashi, who were featured in New Yorker article “Homer in India,” a Kathak dance performance by the award-winning Chitresh Das dance company, and a lecture by Rahul Jain, a World Bank economist turned textile technologist who runs a weaving workshop.

The exhibit seeks to distinguish itself from other exhibits of art from Rajasthan by challenging the notion that Indian art from this period was produced by anonymous artists uninterested in leaving personal legacies, and by broadening the focus beyond courtly production of art to village and temple arts. It will bring together works from great individual Mewari painters Bakhta and his son Chokha, works by other known artists, and paintings that were displayed in shrines and private homes.

February 2, 2007
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