Royal Ontario Museum. Image credit: rom.on.ca
Treasures of a Desert Kingdom: The Royal Arts of Jodhpur. Image credit: rom.on.ca
This exhibition (Treasures of a Desert Kingdom), offering a deeper understanding of India’s artistic heritage, is organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, with the collaboration of the Mehrangarh Museum Trust, India and will be the final North American destination and the exclusive Canadian venue.
“As a leading centre for scholarship and expertise in South Asian art and culture, we are delighted to give visitors the unprecedented opportunity to explore a part of India’s rich cultural history that has rarely been seen,” says Josh Basseches, ROM Director & CEO.
Nearly 250 artworks of ceremonial objects, opulent jewellery, textiles and tapestries, palace furnishings, architectural treasures, and a monumental 17th-century court tent of Marwar-Jodhpur, located in the northwestern state of Rajasthan would be showcased in this exhibition to trace the cross-cultural history of The kingdom of Marwar-Jodhpur and the Rathore dynasty that ruled the region for more than 700 years.
Most of these these collections, originally belonging to Mehrangarh Museum Trust and the private collections of the royal family of Jodhpur, have for the first time been outside the palace walls.
A special experience would be bestowed by this exhibition as most of the treasures would be from Jodhpur itself, said Dr. Deepali Dewan, the exhibition’s coordinating curator and ROM’s Dan Mishra Curator of South Asian Art & Culture and added,
"Treasures of a Desert Kingdom tells the story of an incredibly dynamic, cosmopolitan, and influential kingdom that saw art and culture as a critical aspect of rule. Jodhpur flourished, despite the odds of being in the middle of a desert, because they made strategic alliances, opened their borders, and allowed for a diverse culture. These are lessons still relevant today. This enthralling presentation demystifies our notions of life at the royal court, while highlighting India’s multifaceted past and its contemporary cultural landscape. There will be something familiar and something surprising for everyone.”
Held in Garfield Weston Exhibition Hall, this exhibition would explore numerous thought-provoking themes and new ideas through their powerful tools of diplomacy, art and culture; the strong influence women had in the royal court and the importance of royal patronage.
The ROM engagement of the exhibition would follow its run at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and the Seattle Arts Museum.
Founded in 1914, the ROM, among the top 10 cultural institutions in North America and Canada’s largest and most comprehensive museum, showcases world-class collection of 13 million artworks, cultural objects, and natural history specimens from all ages and featured in 40 gallery and exhibition spaces.
Situated in heart of Toronto, The ROM is the preeminent field research institute and an international leader in new discoveries to further our understanding of the artistic, cultural, and natural world.
Its original heritage architecture had been combined with the contemporary Daniel Libeskind-designed Michael Lee-Chin Crystal, the ROM serves as a national landmark, and a dynamic cultural destination.