Art Gallery of South Australia showcasing Kali-mata and other Gond paintings

Government run Art Gallery of South Australia (AGSA) in Adelaide is displaying Hindu goddess Kali among other artworks in a “Gond Paintings” exhibition till November eight.

Gonds are aboriginal people living in central India and per AGSA website, “Their paintings, often compared to Australia’s contemporary indigenous art, document the rich spiritual and cultural heritage of Gond communities”.

Applauding AGSA for exhibiting Kali-mata and other Gond paintings, distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, said that art had a long and rich tradition in Hinduism and ancient Sanskrit literature talked about religious paintings of deities on wood or cloth.

Rajan Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, urged major art museums of the world, including Musee du Louvre and Musee d’Orsay of Paris, Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Los Angeles Getty Center, Uffizi Gallery of Florence (Italy), Art Institute of Chicago, Tate Modern of London, Prado Museum of Madrid, National Gallery of Art in Washington DC, etc., to frequently organize Hindu art focused exhibitions, thus sharing the rich Hindu art heritage with the rest of the world.

AGSA, founded in 1881, claims to have “one of the largest art museum collections in Australia, numbering around 38,000 works… and include paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings, photographs, textiles, ceramics, glass, metalwork and jewellery, and furniture”. Many of its collections represent India. Nick Mitzevich is the Director.

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