The British Museum (BM) is organizing a touring exhibition headlined as “Celebrating Ganesha”.
This BM exhibition will be held in Bradford Cartwright Hall (January 16-May 15), County Durham Bowes Museum (May 21-September 18), Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery (September 24-January 02, 2017), Horniman in London (January 07-April 23, 2017) and London Brent Museum (May-August 2017)
Its main object is a 13th century 119 centimeters tall schist sculpture of Lord Ganesha carved in Odisha, which depicts many of its major attributes. It is being displayed alongside complimentary Gouache paintings and woodcut prints that depict Lord Ganesha in traditional scenes.
Commending BM for showcasing Lord Ganesha in sculpture, paintings and prints; 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), 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.
In Hinduism, Lord Ganesha is worshipped as god of wisdom and remover of obstacles and is invoked before the beginning of any major undertaking.
BM, headquartered in London and founded in 1753, is claimed to be the first national public museum in the world. . It now comprises over 8 million objects spanning the history of the world’s cultures: from the stone tools of early man to twentieth century prints. Dr Hartwig Fischer is the Director as of spring 2016.