[Above, a time-lapse view of an installation for Maharaja: The Splendour of India's Royal Courts. Here elephant and horse models are dressed to show how spectacular accessories are arranged. Below, elephant jewelery including a necklace (halra), tail ornament (dumachi), head ornament (fateh-pech) and bells (ghanta ). Materials are silver, white metal, cotton, and leather. Click here to see more.]
I'm easing into the post-holiday let-down with reminders of some exciting happenings planned for 2011. The Victoria & Albert's dazzling fall 2009 blockbuster, Maharaja: The Splendour of India's Royal Courts, is headed to the States. First stop: San Francisco's Asian Art Museum, October 2011 through April 2012, and then on to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, May 2012 through August 2012.
A major focus of the show is royal arts patronage, and the V & A also looks at myths surrounding the world of the maharajas. Objects include textiles, jewelry (and other jeweled pieces), metalwork, furniture, photography, and paintings representing the period from the beginning of the 18th century to the mid-20th century. (There are some interesting behind-the-scenes videos here.)
[Click here to watch video.]
These are exhilarating times for the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Another monumental exhibition headed to Richmond next month is Picasso: Masterpieces from the Musée National Picasso, Paris. This show includes 176 works from Picasso’s personal collection, spanning his entire eight-decade career. And BTW, the VMFA is the only East Coast venue for the internationally touring exhibition.
Related past post: Eat, Breathe, Draw.
More descked out animals: John Robshaw has expanded his line of hand-painted cards for spring.