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Encountering Islam: Collecting, Scholarship and Contemporary Visions

March 28 – May 7, 2008

Maltwood Art Museum and Gallery

Curated by Dr. Marcus Millwright and Dr. Astri Wright

This exhibition aims to provide insights into Islamic art’s long and varied history, through a selection of works from the University of Victoria Art Collections and Special Collections.

The academic study of Islamic culture represents another form of encounter. This exhibition will feature the activities of nineteenth-century British scholars and artists in India. Some of the displayed art works will demonstrate the influence of Islamic aesthetics on European art and design. Encountering Islam will also present current research now being conducted by faculty and students at the University of Victoria.

Madhubani Folk Art from India

July 8 – August 9, 2002

Maltwood Art Museum and Gallery

Madhubani painting, also known as Mithila painting, has its origins in the Madubani district of Bihar, northern India. This was traditionally a woman’s ritual art composed of geometrical forms and magico-religious symbols, which were handed down through generations from mother to daughter. Originally painted on mud and dung plastered walls and floors to invoke the blessings of the goddess, or inscribed on bridal chamber walls to endow newly wedded couples with fertility. Madhubani painting today has retained many of its traditional elements, but has also undergone a transformation.

This exhibit is divided into three sections: The first part reveals the skillful and intricate line drawing of the Kayasth tradition. The second shows the colourful work of the Brahmin school, which specializes in depicting scenes from Hindu mythology, and specifically images of the beloved goddesses Kali, Durga, and Gauri. The third group, the Dusadh or Tattoo school, not only derives inspiration from ancient tattoo motifs, but also from Dusadh mythology and rural life.

From India: 28 Contemporary Artists present New Graphic Work

February 6 – March 27, 1994

Maltwood Art Museum and Gallery

Curated by Baruna Bhattacharjee

View the online catalogue:

From India – Catalogue

A Victoria Commonwealth Games Arts & Cultural Festival Event.

Co-sponsored by CIMA (Centre of International Modern Art), Calcutta.

With the exhibition From India: 28 Contemporary Artists present New Graphic Work CIMA launches an ambitious programme of promoting the best of Indian Contemporary Art. Internationally represented are the works of 28 leading Graphic Artists whose works reflect the different stylistic trends and influences shaping contemporary art in India today. Art in India is both Modern and Indian – confident and yet exploring.