Titled 'Vishnu: Hinduism's Blue-Skinned Savior', it will open in February next and shall present about 120 paintings and sculptures made in India going as far back as fourth century.
APPLAUDING FRIST Center for focusing a travelling exhibition on Lord Vishnu, noted Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) 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. Zed commended Frist Center for providing an opportunity to the world to further explore Hinduism and its concepts.
Titled “Vishnu: Hinduism’s Blue-Skinned Savior”, it will open in February next and shall present about 120 paintings and sculptures made in India going as far back as fourth century CE. According to the Center, this exhibition will serve as a brief survey of Hindu art styles as well as an examination of the Vaishnava tradition. The first section of the exhibition will introduce Vishnu in his primary form with subsections dedicated to his attributes, legends, etc. The second section will examine his avatars (incarnations), as a group and then individually, with substantial subsections dedicated to Rama and Krishna. The third section will show some of the ways that Vishnu has been worshipped, with images of temples and ritual objects. This exhibition, arranged by Dr. Joan Cummins, Asian Art Curator at the Brooklyn Museum (New York, USA), will be accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue with essays and object entries by Cummins and other distinguished scholars in the areas of religious studies and anthropology. Starting at Frist Center from February 25 to May 29 next year, it will move to Brooklyn Museum from June 24 to September 28. Workshops will be organized regarding this exhibition on March nine and 12.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.The Frist Center, whose vision is “to inspire people through art”, has hosted a spectacular array of art from the region, the country, and around the world. William R. Frist is Chairman of Board of Trustees.