Exhibition: Soraya Sikander at Galerie Patries Van Dorst | Netherlands

Artist Soraya Sikander presents a new series of calligraphic landscape paintings based on her interpretation of Pakistan. These artworks shall be presented for the first time at the prestigious Galerie Patries Van Dorst in Netherlands on 28 October 2015 at the Hague. These paintings reference actual locations, describing the idea of being at a place - as seen through the mind's eye. This will be the artist's first showing in Netherlands. 




Exhibition: Akbar's Golden Legacy (Museum Rietberg, Zurich); November 9, 2015 - February 14, 2016

The Mughals, who originally came from Central Asia, ruled North India in the sixteenth century. While they are best known for their grandiose architecture such as the Taj Mahal and the Red Fort in Agra, the Mughal emperors in India also patronised many other areas of the arts. The studio for illuminated manuscripts established under Emperor Akbar (who reigned from 1556 to 1605) employed well over a hundred painters.

Exhibition: The Sikhs, History, Faith and Valour in the Great War (Biblioteca Angelica, Rome)

A Photographic Exhibition  The  Sikhs,  History, Faith and Valour in the Great War, will remain open to the public at the Biblioteca Angelica,  Piazza di S. Agostino 8, Rome, from 15th November – 3rd December 2015.                     

The Exhibition wishes to be a tribute to the courage and the sacrifice of all the Indian combatants, particularly the Sikhs, who fought alongside their European counterparts in the First World War. A preliminary Section will present an outline of the Sikh religion and people.

Exhibition: Paper Tigers, Five Centuries of Painting in Korea (Musée Guimet, Paris, France); October 14, 2015 - Feburary 22, 2016

From 14 October 2015 to 22 February 2016.


Drawing from its rich collection of Korean paintings, one of the most important outside Korea, the Guimet National Museum of Asian Arts recounts the designs and evolution of five centuries of painting in Korea. Scrolls, books and folding screens offer a panorama, sometimes coloured, sometimes delicately painted in ink, of Korea, from the 14th Century to the beginning of the 20th Century. Exploring in turn religious painting, scholars’ painting, decorative art, sometimes nearly popular, this set strikes by its eclecticism and modern inventiveness. Genre scenes and popular ceremonies illustrate the life and beliefs of a Confucian society which adopted the Palace’s codes. Seeking its own path towards modernity, the Korean society tended to distance itself from its illustrious model, China. Its singular repertoire is full of delicacy, humour and poetry, and the unlikely dialogue between a tiger and a sparrow, so frequent in Korean painting, is a perfect example.

Exhibition: Central Plains between Han and Tang Dynasties (Palazzo Venezia, Rome); July 16th, 2015 - February 28th, 2016

From the 16th of July 2015 to the 28th of February 2016, the halls of the Fifteenth-century Refectory of Palazzo Venezia will showcase the masterpieces of the Henan Provincial Museum, one of the largest museums of the People's Republic of China. The exhibition will tell of the passage from the Han Dynasty – when today’s China began to take shape – to the Golden Age of the Tang Dynasty (581 AD – 907 AD).

Publication: SAAC vol.3: Jaina Painting and Manuscript Culture: In Memory of Paolo Pianarosa

This collection presents new research and evidence on Jaina paintings and illuminated manuscripts. It introduces the reader to so far unpublished palm leaf and paper manuscripts, miniature paintings, cosmological and large-scale pilgrimage banners on cloth, printed texts and maps. The documents come from private, museum and library collections in Europe, North America and India and are introduced by expert authors who are based at a number of international institutions.

Publication: SAAC vol.2: Understanding the Hindu Temple: History, Symbols and Forms

This book aims to explain the multiple symbolic meanings encompassed by and in the Hindu temple. Distinct chapters are dedicated to: (1) the multi-level relationship between the temple, the cosmos and the body of the primordial being; (2) the antecedents of Indian sacred monuments; (3) the basic structure of the Hindu temple and the main temple typologies; (4) the sculptural elements, both anthropomorphic and symbolic; (5) the political, economic, and social role played by the temple in Indian society. Lastly, the volume provides a useful glossary of key architectonic terms.