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Buddha Relics in Arunachal Pradesh

The famed ‘Sacred Relics of the Buddha’ which have been displayed in the National Museum since 1990 when the museum got its Buddhist Gallery, are travelling to Arunachal Pradesh.

Giving in to the demand of the people from the Buddhist populated state to pay homage to him, National Museum decided to exhibit the treasure trove of 22 bone fragments at three famously remote monasteries — Tawang Monastery close to Tibetan Border, Bomdila Monastery in West Kameng district and Tenga-pani Golden Pagoda at Namsai in Lohit district, where they are displayed in a specially-designed bullet-proof glass showcase.

The cultural artefacts were recovered from Siddharth Nagar district in Uttar Pradesh in the 70’s by Archaeological Survey of India.

For the display, the museum has got a specially-designed bullet-proof glass showcase. The relics had a similar expedition to Ladakh in Jammu & Kashmir in 2010, Sri Lanka (1976), Bangkok (1996), South Korea (1995), Singapore (1994) and Mongolia (1993).

Jitish Kallat to curate Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2014

One of the foremost names in contemporary art, Jitish Kallat has been selected as the curator for the second edition of Kochi-Muziris Biennale.

The 39-year-old Kallat’s name was finalised by Kochi Biennale Foundation’s special advisory body, consisting of eminent artists, curators, gallerists and critics.

The Mumbai-based artist feels, “The biennale has the possibility of becoming a site to exchange prompts and assemble working notes; to induce shifts in each other’ perceptions and practices and to collectively expand the tools with which we might propose versions of the world today.”

Currently, he has a solo show ‘Epilogue’ going on at the San Jose Museum of Art, in the U.S.

Bose Krishnamachari to curate Indian pavilion

Artist and President of the Kochi Biennale Foundation (KBF) and co-curator and Biennale Director of the first edition of Kochi-Muziris Biennale, will curate the India pavilion in the new ‘Platform’ section at Art Stage Singapore in Marina Bay Sands from January 15-19, 2014.

Krishnamachari has to select Indian artists and help the organisers design the Indian pavilion for the new project called ‘Platform’, where countries like India, China, Taiwan, Japan, Korea and Australia and New Zealand etc. will have their individual curated shows showcasing new works by Asia Pacific’s well-known and emerging artists.

Beyond Limits

Family of Disabled (FOD), an organisation working for uplift of disabled artists is organising the 10th edition of Beyond Limits.

Founded by Rajinder Johar, the exhibition will have 100 artworks by artists with disabilities from different parts of India.

A wide variety of art — canvases, works on paper, watercolours, mixed media, collage work, etching and sculptures in bronze and stone — will be on display at Arpana Art Gallery, Academy of Fine Arts and Literature, Siri Fort Institutional Area, till December 6.

Mapping Gender: Bodies and Sexualities in Contemporary Art across the Global South

One of the quiet affairs in the city is this exhibition curated by the students of curatorial practice course at the School of Arts and Aesthetics, JNU, under the guidance of visiting professor Susan Hapgood. Organised by the Inlaks Shivdasani Curatorial Lab, the show will display works by eminent Indian and international artists such as Anita Dube, Blank Noise/Jasmeen Patheja, Chengyao He, Jaya Daronde Awatare, Kanak Shashi, Manmeet Devgun, Maya Rao, Mithu Sen, Naiza Khan, Pushpamala N, Rashid Rana, Rekha Rodwittiya, Savi Sawarkar, Shakuntala Kulkarni, Sharmila Sawant, Shweta Bhattad, Tayeba Begum Lipi, Tejal Shah, Tere is sa Serrano, Zanele Muholi.

This exhibition also includes a series of events by some of the participating artists.

The exhibition is on view till December 3.