Thursday, January 26, 2017

Art Review: Philadelphia Museum of Art's new South Asian galleries

By Thomas Hine
Dancing Ganesh, c. 750, India
PENNSYLVANIA---“But what did they change?” That was the unexpected question a friend asked me after seeing the completely revamped South Asian galleries at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, which opened to the public last fall. Stone sculpture, most of it fragments from older temples, has long been at the heart of this collection, and it is well-represented here, as it should be. Visitors who know the collection will find their favorites. New lighting and labeling—along with a new installation of temple fragments against a large photograph of a temple wall—illuminate the sculpture as never before. And that is as it should be. It is, after all, a permanent collection, and a distinguished one at that. [link]
Hall from Madanagopalaswamy Temple, Madurai, South India, c.1560. Granitic stone. Gift of Susan Pepper Gibson, Mary Gibson Henry and Henry C. Gibson in memory of Adeline Pepper Gibson.