The Kama-Sutra

Spirituality and erotism in Indian art

ACHETEZ VOS BILLETS EN LIGNE

The Kama-Sutra

Spirituality and erotism in Indian art

ACHETEZ VOS BILLETS EN LIGNE

The Kama-Sutra

Spirituality and erotism in Indian art

ACHETEZ VOS BILLETS EN LIGNE

The Kama-Sutra

Spirituality and erotism in Indian art

ACHETEZ VOS BILLETS EN LIGNE

The Kama-Sutra

Spirituality and erotism in Indian art

ACHETEZ VOS BILLETS EN LIGNE

The Kama-Sutra

Spirituality and erotism in Indian art

ACHETEZ VOS BILLETS EN LIGNE

Shiva and Parvati dancing to the sound of a musician
Piece of ceremonial cart  Tamil Nadu
18th century
Carving on wood
55 x 35,5 x 11 cm
Collection Michel Sabatier, La Rochelle

Erotic position
Jaipur School
18th or 19th century
Watercolour   
28,6 x 21,6 cm    
Private collection

Surasundari (Celestial Beauty) tickled by a small animal
1100-1200 apr. J.-C.
Curving, rubbing and ligt burnishing
65,5 x 38 x 40 cm
Fondation caritative du Maharana du Mewar, Udaipur, Rajasthan, Inde
Pictorial Archives of the Maharanas of Mewar
© Photo : Maharana of Mewar Charitable Foundation, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India

Ganesh
Sirohi School, Rajasthan
18th century
Watercolour
12,7 x 17 cm
Private collection

Acrobatic couple
Tamil Nadu
End of 18th - beginning 19th century
Carving on wood 
91 x 49 x 14,5 cm
Collection Michel Sabatier, La Rochelle

Aristocratic couple on a terrace
Jodhpur School
Natural pigments with gold highlights 
26,7 x 19,1 cm 
Collection privée


The Kama-Sutra

© Pinacothèque de Paris

For its Autumn-Winter season 2014-2015, the Pinacothèque de Paris will put on an unusual exhibition: The Kama-Sutra : spirituality and erotism in Indian art.

Attributed to a Brahman who might have written it in the 4th century of our era, the Kama-Sutra makes up one of the major texts of medieval Hinduism and is not a pornographic book, as it is often described in the Western world. It is divided up into seven sections (adhikarana): society and social concepts, sexual union, as regards the spouse, as regards extra-marital relationships, as regards courtesans, as regards the arts of seduction.

Around 330 outstanding works including those of Shriji Arvind Singh Mewar, maharana of Udaipur and the remarkable collection of Beroze and Michel Sabatier - sculptures, paintings, miniatures, objects of daily life, “pillow books”, illustrated works that were offered to the newlyweds until the 19th century, in order to give them an erotic education-, organized according to the seven sections of the Kama-Sutra, will be exhibited in the Pinacothèque de Paris.

The exhibition, unadvised for minors, will explain the erotic aesthetics specific to the erotic aesthetics of Indian cultural life and to Hinduism. It will also attempt to understand why the Western world casts such a deformed look on that very unusual book.

Exhibition curators: Dr Alka Pande and Mr Marc Restellini, director of the Pinacothèque de Paris

 

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