Other masters of India

Contemporary creations of the Adivasis

Autres maîtres de l'Inde

Growing in the fringes of big Hindu communities, the "indigenous" people of India, or the adivasi (« the first and foremost inhabitants" in Sanskrit), are well known for their living traditions. These communities cover the length and breadth of the Indian soil and have an ill-known artistic and cultural heritage that is as fascinating as it varied.

Other Masters of India offers a complete voyage through the country, from South India with its Bhuta wooden sculptures to the mountainous villages of the Nagas In the North-Eastern part of the country, with its architectural elements sculpted from animal heads, cutting across the islands located on the South-Eastern part of India, Nicobar and Andaman, where sculptures in colored wood were produced, moving on to Rajasthan and its painted clay panels, and Gujarat which boasts mural paintings by the Rathava tribe. We can also discover the clay and bamboo sculptures specifically executed for the exhibition by the women artists of Chattisgarh.

Last but not least, the monographs of two contemporary artists, Jangarh Singh Shyam and Jivya Soma Mashe, present at the highest echelons of the global art market, make up the last section of the exhibition.



Jyotindra Jain, chief curator of the exhibition and Jean-Pierre Mohen, associate curator, have worked in collaboration with historians, anthropologists and art historians, including Vikas Harish, the exhibition's scientific counselor.


160 pages 19 x 9.45

cardboard bound and silkscreen printed cover, cloth back

110 illustrations

29 €

EAN 978 2 757203385

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Introduction, Jyotindra Jain

The representation of the « Other », Vikas Harish

Contemporary art and museums in the era of globalization, Hans Belting

From parietal art to mural painting in India, Jean-Pierre Mohen

The Other Masters

  • Bhuta, Houses of spirits in wood, Jyotindra Jain
  • Sarguja, where the walls tell stories, Jyotindra Jain
  • Ayyanar, votive terra cotta figures, Jyotindra Jain
  • Molela, « "Village! Village! only 75 Rupees! », Jyotindra Jain
  • Rathava, Painted legends, Jyotindra Jain
  • Santhal, theatre for life, Jyotindra Jain
  • Nicobar, the magical world of healers, Vikas Harish
  • Naga, warriors revisited, Vikas Harish
  • Waghri, a homage in movement, Vikas Harish
  • Kondh and Gond, the forest as an ancestor, Vikas Harish

In-between two worlds: popular artists and Indian tribals, Jyotindra Jain

Cliché and creation: a figure of the sacred in mutation, Vikas Harish

Contemporary tribal painting: new voices, Jyotindra Jain

Jivya Soma Mashe: from the a-temporal to the contemporary, Jyotindra Jain

Jangarh Singh Shyam: the initiator of a tradition, Jyotindra Jain