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Intimate encounters
Indian paintings from Australian collections

Rajasthan India, Vasant Ragini c1770 (detail), opaque watercolour with gold on paper, purchased 1997

The history of Indian painting is a sumptuous tapestry of interweaving traditions interests and connections.

It is the product of varied intimate encounters: Islam with Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism; the art of the book with wall paintings; the mighty Mughals with the romantic Rajputs; European outsiders with native populations; the artist with the patron; the coloniser with the colonised.

Drawing from collections throughout Australia, both public and private, this exhibition of approximately 70 objects surveys the major schools of Indian painting, highlighting the rich interactions that inspired each tradition.

22 Feb – 4 May 2008

Free admission

Upper Asian gallery