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New York’s famed Rubin Museum exhibiting Hindu deities

New York’s famed Rubin Museum exhibiting Hindu deities

Prestigious Rubin Museum of Art (RMA) in New York (USA) is exhibiting various Hindu deities in its two exhibitions.

Its “Masterworks” exhibition, curated by Christian Luczanits, which will continue till December 31, 2012, is showing 13th century metal Shiva Parvati from Nepal and a 16th century gilt copper Bhairava.

Another “Gateway to Himalayan Art” exhibition of the Museum, curated by Karl Debreczeny and Elena Pakhoutova, displays 12th century copper alloy Vishnu, 17th century Ganesha and Siddha Lakshmi, 13th century gilt copper Indra, Shivalinga, etc. It will continue till January one next and it claims to lay greater emphasis on Hindu works from Kashmir and Nepal ranging from 12th to 19th centuries.

Applauding Rubin Museum for exhibiting Hinduism focused artifacts, 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.

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.

RMA is home to a comprehensive collection of art from the Himalayas and surrounding regions. It has over 2,000 works of art including Himalayan paintings, sculpture, textiles, ritual objects, and prints, starting from second century, and draws over 190,000 visitors a year. Donald Rubin is the CEO and Jan Van Alphen is the Chief Curator.

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