DAG presents Tantra on the Edge: Inspirations and Experiments in Twentieth-Century Indian Art, a pioneering attempt to exhibit the works of prominent Indian artists. The exhibition showcases the inspirations and experiments and of these trailblazing artists and their relationship with the tantra philosophy, its vivid, abstract sacred symbols, or their spiritual illuminations.
Tantra, etymologically derived from the Sanskrit root tan, holds that it is a revelatory science of expanding human consciousness based on the intrinsic belief in the divinity of the self that has the potentiality to attain alternate states of super consciousness. It is a path to attain enlightened liberation through a well-defined set of doctrines, philosophy, theological rituals, yogic kriyas, esoteric practices, and worship using iconic and aniconic symbols.
Curated by Madhu Khanna, each artist on display shows how elements of tantra philosophy or its pictorial language are woven into their individualistic creations. The selected artworks are a product of the encounter and resurgence of a personal quest for artists to find their severed cultural roots a triumph free from the servitude of Eurocentric models of expression, self-rule of the creative spirit in the truest sense of the word.
‘Tantra art is a living relic of the past and has survived as a spiritual movement globally. It may have faded out of our memory but survives in the collective memory of a generation of artists, scholars, collectors, and truth seekers in the East and West. Each of the artists featured in the exhibition innovates and translates their expression of Tantra. As the curator of the show, I have been balked by the concurrent plurality of their artistic expressions’, notes Madhu Khanna.
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
30 April 2022
12 Dr A. P. J. Abdul Kalam Road
New Delhi 110011
11:00 AM – 7:00 PM