From August 11 to September 3, 2017, the State Museum of Oriental Art will host the exhibition "Orissa - the Land of Jagannath". The exhibition project will present the decorative and applied art and ritual art of India mid-second half of the XX century.
To the 70th anniversary of India's independence, the Oriental Museum offers visitors to get acquainted with the traditional art of one of the most interesting regions of this country - the state of Orissa. Here is the most important pilgrimage point of Hinduism - the temple of Jagannath in Puri.
His history is nine centuries old, and Jagannath himself is revered as the incarnation of the god Vishnu. For many years, artisans and artists settled around the temple, who made altar statues, temple veils and icons.
European collectors realized late enough the artistic and cultural-historical value of these subjects. Therefore, the oldest examples of Orissa's traditional art in European collections are not more than a hundred years old. The exhibition will feature a collection of twenty-one icons (pata-chitra), as well as other works of Orissian art of the last century.