Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya


1. Ancient Worlds Project

CSMVS joined the Getty Foundation in a ten-year project Ancient Worlds Now – A Future for the Past to promote a truly global understanding of antiquity under the project. CSMVS has signed an MOU with the Getty Foundation as its India partner for the prestigious Collection Sharing Program which intends to promote a truly global understanding of antiquity, for the public. The India participation chapter will focus on presenting this global view of human history in a re-imagined Ancient Worlds Gallery (AWG), using the permanent collections at CSMVS and additions via long-term and shorter-term loans from a range of other Indian sources. Ancient World Gallery would to emphasise the story of human achievement in a collective manner that doesn’t only embrace the similarities but also value the differences. The gallery, in its main educational endeavour, will enable and empower young people to ask questions about human histories and develop a scientific, inclusive and progressive temperament on understanding the past.

2. DAI, Kuwait Conservation Project

CSMVS and Dar al-Athar al-Islamiyyah (DAI), Kuwait have been working together towards conserving select objects in two phases from the Al-Sabah Collection following agreements signed in 2017 and 2019. Conservators from CSMVS along with the Chief Conservator, Anupam Sah make visits to Kuwait and work in efficient tandem along with the DAI art conservators and collection care team for conservation of metal and paper objects.

3. A Passage to Asia: 25 Centuries of Exchange between Asia and Europe

The exhibition serves as a testimony to the historic commercial and political networks developed over centuries between Europe and Asia, both on land and sea. It illustrates continued mobility and longstanding cultural exchanges between our two continents, reminding us of the importance of Europe-Asia relations. The digital exhibition presents a selection of objects from a retrospective previous exhibition organised in Brussels back in 2010.

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4. The CSMVS-Southeast Asia Initiative

To broaden the scope of the Museum’s interaction with its neighbouring countries and strengthen ties with cultural institutions, the CSMVS announced its Southeast Asia Initiative in 2018, annually inviting a scholar from a Southeast Asian country to deliver a public lecture at the CSMVS, exploring the historical and cultural connections between the two countries, and thence explore possibilities of collaboration. This initiative intends to encourage collaborative projects, including mutual exchange of educational, academic and research programmes, workshops, symposiums, exhibitions.

5. The Mewar Ramayana

The Ramayana is India’s best-loved story, full of poignant moments and fascinating characters. The Mewar Ramayana, commissioned by Maharana Jagat Singh, ruler of Mewar, Rajasthan, in the middle of the 17th century, is the finest copy and also the most heavily illustrated of the several manuscripts that survive. CSMVS worked in partnership with The British Library, London and other public institutions in India to reunify the Mewar Ramayana manuscript digitally for the first time in almost 200 years.

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6. Celebrating Ganesha

This exhibition explores the imagery and symbolism associated with Ganesha, places the worship of the god across South Asia in its larger cultural context, and retells some of the most popular stories associated with the popular deity.

The original exhibition was developed from a proposal for a temporary exhibition about Ganesha, submitted by Manisha Nene as part of the International Training Programme (in 2011) in the British Museum’s Room 3 Asahi Shimbun Displays.

7. Conservation of The Indica Collection at Kupferstich Kabinett, SKD

The Kupferstich-Kabinett at the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, houses two convolutes of Indian miniatures categorised separately as 'The Indica Collection'. In a joint project, art conservation specialists from the CSMVS Museum Art Conservation Centre helped conserve select miniature paintings at Dresden in the year 2015. In continuation of this intellectual partnership, the CSMVS along with SKD and Goethe Institut, Mumbai, organised a series of workshops and symposiums on Indian miniatures at various New Delhi, Kolkata, Hyderabad and Mumbai.

8. Sword of Damocles Conservation-Restoration Project

A neo-classical oil painting by French artist Antoine Dubost, Sword of Damocles, from the European paintings collection of CSMVS, was conserved in partnership with The Courtauld Institute of Art, London.

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