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le catalogue de l'exposition : Autres Maîtres de l'Inde, coédition musée du quai Branly et Somogy, 160 p.

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le hors-série de l'exposition : Autres Maîtres de l'Inde, Beaux-Arts magazine, 52 p., 8 €

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cette exposition a été réalisée dans le cadre du festival de l'Inde en France.

Other Masters of India

contemporary creations of the Adivasis

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Friday 11th June from 11am to 9pm, access to the exhibition is free

From Thursday 30th March to Sunday 18th July 2010

General Curator : Jyotindra Jain

Associated Curator : Jean-Pierre Mohen

Scientific Advisor : Vikas Harish

This exhibition unravels another of India's facets: the India of the indigenous populations and folk communities, known as Adivasis.

These people produce astounding creative visual art works that are as functional as they are sacred and quite different from the standard renowned works from the Indian art scene. For the very first time in France, the musée du quai Branly showcases the most representative material, day-to-day, artistic and religious productions of these Indian populations in a thematic and multidisciplinary approach thereby allowing the public to discover an important but still highly unrecognized part of India's contemporary popular art scene.

Spread over the entire territory and identified in the 1950 census, these populations keep up their artistic traditions while being in constant contact with the dominant Indian population. Equally well-known for living traditions such as dance, music and theatre that developed at the fringes of the huge Hindu communities, they still remain barely known to the Western world. For a long time, the representations of the Adivasis were considered with a prejudiced eye, as much by Indians as by foreigners. The exhibition thus reveals their true appearance, and showcases their amazing artistic productions.

figurine votive © musée du quai Branly photo Thierry Ollivier et Michel Urtado

Photographs, wall paintings of the Rathava tribe from Gujarat, tribal bronze figurines from Orissa and Chattisgarh, sculptures from North-Eastern India, wooden sculptures from Karnataka and from Bihar and architectural bas-reliefs crafted by the women artists from Chattisgarh will be exhibited.

The exhibition culminates with the monographs of world renowned contemporary artists, who are present at the highest rungs of the international art market: the painters Jivya Soma Mashe and Jangarh Singh Shyam, who chose to widen the field of their expression in order to depict their contemporary cultural situation in their works.

The showcased objects are assembled from the musée du quai Branly's collections and are completed by works from European and Indian museums as well as specific commissions from Indian artists. The exhibition bears testimony to the vibrancy of these different communities' artistic traditions and to their evolution and their exposure to the outside world.

spectacles cycle Inde

Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia

hommage et rencontre avec un grand maître de la musique indienne

  • du vendredi 4 au dimanche 6 juin 2010


Danses sacrées de l’Inde, de l’Assam à l’Orissa

  • du jeudi 10 au dimanche 13 juin 2010

en savoir plus sur le cycle de spectacles Inde


cycle Autres documentaires en Inde samedi 19 et dimanche 20 juin

en lien avec l'exposition Autres Maîtres de l'Inde, et prolongeant le cycle Grands maîtres du cinéma indien, quatre séances de cinéma proposent des films documentaires réalisés en Inde au cours de ces dernières années.

voir la programmation du cycle Autres documentaires en Inde


Discover the other masters of India with an art historian and storytellers, for an original and poetic tour through the heart of Adivasi's India.

The audio-guided tour of the exhibition is available in French and English, on site, or as a download

Samples from the audio tour

the exhibition path

diorama tribal © Dayanita Singh

This introductory section illustrates the tribal situation in India during the colonial, postcolonial and contemporary periods by showcasing texts, maps and photographs. It allows the exhibition to distinguish itself from the tendentious stereotypes that are usually associated with "adivasi" people and communities, by highlighting their historical dimension and their contemporary status.

Chromos, engravings and postcards represent indigenous tribes and “adivasi” populations in a historical perspective. Post independence photographs portray the communities with Nehru, then prime minister and thus manifest the recognition that these communities gained from the government during the Republic Day parade. Finally, the works of contemporary photographers Dayanita Singh and Pablo Bartholomew are exhibited.

Section 2 - the people

In a non-linear fashion, the exhibition presents eleven macrocosms each of which correspond to a different set of people. Each population is characterized by its ritualistic and artistic material productions. The visitors are welcomed as soon as they enter the garden by huge sculptures, terracota works by the Ayyanars, specially commissioned by the museum from Indian artisans.

  • Bhuta sculptures (Karnataka)

The exhibition showcases wooden sculptures by the Bhuta worship in Karnataka (South India) – conserved by the Crafts Museum of New Delhi - as well as a collection of bronze masks and other objects (armours) linked to this form of worship, which belong to private collections.

  • Architectural bas-reliefs: the women artists of Chattisgarh

These clay figurine sculptures, supported on a bamboo or wooden architectural, were part of a special commission for the musée du quai Branly.

  • Andaman and Nicobar (South-East India)

This sequence showcases coloured wooden sculptures, representing the myth of creation. The showcased objects belong to the musée du quai Branly and the Völkerkunde Museum of Vienna.

  • Ayyanar craft works: terra-cotta sculptures (Tamil Nadu)

These monumental terra-cotta sculptures (3 metres high) represent horses, elephants, tigers and terrifying gods from Tamil Nadu (South India)

  • Tomb of Molela: Clay gods (Rajasthan)

Natural or coloured clay panels will be exhibited as mural compositions or as individual pieces, replicating the way they are displayed in certain of Rajasthan's temples.

  • Pithora: mural paintings (Western Centre of Gujarat)

The mural paintings of the Rathava tribe showcased in the exhibition also form part of a special commission for the musée du quai Branly. Traditionally they are created on earthen walls, but here they are exceptionally produced on canvases.

The enclosure made to present these paintings showcases a main painting (the myth of creation) and secondary paintings on the lateral walls (in all three panels on canvas).

  • Tribal bronze figurines from the Bastar area, and Kondh regions (Orissa)

The exhibition offers the opportunity to discover two groups of indigenous cult related figurines in bronze, accompanied by objects from daily life belonging to the collections of the musée du quai Branly, as well as large-sized contemporary sculptures, made by various artists. This section of the exhibition also showcases cultural figurines from the Kondh (Orissa) and Gon (Chattisgarh) regions, along with other objects depicting day-to-day life.

  • Santhal: sculptures on wood and paintings (West Bengal)

Sculptures on wood (masks and musical instruments) and painted rolls – that can reach a length of up to 7 metres – relate to various founding myths of the Santhal culture.

  • Waghri (Gurajat)

A 5 metre long temple textile created by the nomadic Waghri community from Gujarat is exhibited. Locally called Matani-Pachedi (literally "from behind the goddess"), it was installed behind the deity and thus served as a temporary altar for this nomadic community.

  • Naga (North-East India)

The mountainous villages of the Naga are represented through exceptional works such as warrior statues made of wood, jewellery and ceremonial clothes and warriors’ dresses.

  • Adivasi paintings

The prolific works from the region of Madhya Pradesh and Chattisgarh have enabled many excellent popular painters to be discovered: the paintings were carried out in return for the government’s support and given as “payment” in particular for food aid given to the indigenous populations. Among the contemporary artists showcased in this “microcosm”, feature artists such as Anand Shyam, Bhuri Bai, Dileep Shyam or Nankusia Shyam.

The visitor will also be able to admire 3 particularly impressive items: a wooden 6 metre long serpent, a wooden and cloth palanquin and a Bastar tiger sculpture made from painted terra-cotta. These three sculptures come from the Museum of Man's collections in Bhopal, India.

section 3 - comtemporary artists

This third and last section proposes a selection of works by two world famous contemporary artists who are present at the highest echelons of the global art market: Jivya Soma Mashe (Warli tribe /Thane district) and Jangarh Singh Shyam (Gond people, Madhya Pradesh). Their works are showcased in a monographic fashion.

Aéroplane de Nankusia Shyam, acrylique sur toile © photo Aditya Arya
Tarpa, danseurs autour d'un musicien de Jivya Soma Mashe, gouache ocre et bouse de vache sur toile © photo Aditya Arya

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