The British Museum will open its first major exhibition exploring female spirits later this year, including a contemporary representation of the Hindu goddess Kali.
eminine Power: The Divine To The Demonic opens at the British Museum in London in May and will explore female beings in world beliefs and mythological traditions around the globe.
The exhibition will feature ancient sculptures, sacred artifacts and contemporary art from six continents to explore the diversity of ways in which women have been globally perceived, from antiquity to the present day.
Belinda Crerar, curator of the British Museum, said: “This exhibition is a tour through history and around the world to see the different ways in which women’s power and authority has been viewed in society. spiritual beliefs.
“The diversity of goddesses, spirits, enlightened beings, and saints, and their far-reaching influence on people’s lives today and in the past, makes us pause to reflect on how femininity – and indeed masculinity – is defined and valued in the present and in the future. ”
The program will examine the different ways that women’s power has been demonstrated throughout history; in gods, goddesses, demons, saints and other spiritual beings.
Objects in the exhibition include a newly acquired icon of the Hindu goddess Kali by Bengali artist Kaushik Ghosh, the first contemporary 3D representation of Kali in the collection.
Also in the exhibit is a porcelain bowl dating from 500-800 AD in Iraq with a rare original image of Lilith – known in Jewish terms as Adam’s first wife and Satan’s consort.
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American artist Kiki Smith’s 1994 sculpture Lilith will also be on display, on loan from the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
Smith’s sculpture was cast from the body of an actual woman.
“Lilith became this monstrous spirit, going out and wreaking havoc and not wanting to be subdued,” Smith said. Here she is overcoming gravity and the constraints of her body.”
The British Museum has invited guest contributors, including author and broadcaster, Mary Beard, and writer and podcast host, Elizabeth Day, to respond to the themes in the exhibition, sharing their views. their personal and professional scores.
The video and audio thinking sections address each section to encourage discussion around common program themes.
Contributions will close the exhibition with an area for visitors to share their own feedback.
Guest contributors also included psychotherapist and campaigner, Dr Leyla Hussein, and former British Army Major and human rights lawyer, Rabia Siddique.
Feminine Power: The Divine To The Demonic takes place from May 19 to September 25, 2022 in the Joseph Hotung Great Court Gallery at the British Museum.
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