Kali-mata paintings at Art Gallery of South Australia


Paintings of the Hindu goddess Kali that are displayed at the ongoing Gond artwork exhibition at the government-run Art Gallery of South Australia (AGSA) in Adelaide have caught the attention of members of the Universal Society of Hinduism. Applauding AGSA for exhibiting Kali-mata and other Gond paintings, president of the Society Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA), 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.

Zed has 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.

Gonds are aboriginal people living in central India, and according to the AGSA website, “Their paintings, often compared to Australia’s contemporary indigenous art, document the rich spiritual and cultural heritage of Gond communities”.

AGSA, founded in 1881, claims to have one of the largest art museum collections in Australia, numbering around 38,000 works that include paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings, photographs, textiles, ceramics, glass, metalwork and jewellery, and furniture. Many of its collections represent India. The Gond exhibition is on till 8 November.

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