Britain has always had a great interest in Indian art, culture and history and people who have travelled to India, even those who haven’t, love to visit the exhibitions in London’s popular art institutions. The popularity of Indian themed exhibits can be reflected in 3 past, present and future exhibitions.
The British Museum have just closed their exhibition entitled Garden & Cosmos: The Royal Paintings of Jodhpur. They displayed 56 on loan paintings from the royal collection of the Mehrangarh Museum Trust, Jodhpur which had never been exhibited in Europe so far.
Internationally acclaimed artist and sculptor Anish Kapoor was born in India, Bombay and currently has his new exhibition Anish Kapoor Exhibition showing in London. It includes pieces such as ‘Svayambh’, ‘Giant Wax Installation’ and ‘Shooting into the Corner’ and it is the gallery’s largest ever exhibition dedicated to a single living artist. The exhibition is running from 26th September – 11th December 2009 at the Royal Academy of Arts, nearest tube Piccadilly Circus. The exhibition will be open from 10:00 – 18:00 daily with late openings on Friday until 22:00 and Saturday until 21:00.
The Victoria and Albert Museum have just opened their newest exhibition Maharaja: The Splendour of India’s Royal Courts. They are exhibiting are number of royal collections from Udaipur and Jodhpur and various priceless paintings and artefacts which examine the changing role of the maharajas and reveals how their patronage of the arts, both in India and Europe, resulted in these splendid and beautiful objects. In conjunction with this exhibition Ampersand Travel have recently launched a new itinerary, Made for Maharajas, which takes you to some of India’s finest palaces. The exhibition opened on 10th October 2009 and will close on 17th january 2010 and is open from 10:00 – 17:45. The nearest tube is South Kensington.