National Folk Museum of Korea (NFMK) in Seoul is exhibiting various Hindu deities in a special exhibition “Journey to India Mythology” from August nine to September 19.
About 150 artifacts are reportedly being displayed in this exhibition, which will showcase Vedas, Hindu legends, sculptures-masks-paintings of Hindu gods and goddesses, shrines, tools for rituals, etc.
It reportedly plans to include Hindu trinity Brahma-Vishnu-Shiva, Surya, Saraswati, Lakshmi, Parvati, Ganesha, Nataraja form of Shiva, Ramayana paintings and artwork, Vishnu’s ten avatars, etc. Applauding NFMK for exhibiting Hinduism focused art, 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.
NFMK, established in 1945 by US Military Government Order, claims to be “Korea’s leading institution dedicated to presenting traditional life” and receives over two million visitors annually and whose ultimate goal is to become “a creative cultural venue”. Its collection includes about 99,000 artifacts and it presents educational programs also. Jingi Cheon is Director while Lee Geon-wook is the Curator.
Hinduism is oldest and third largest religion of the world with about one billion adherents and moksh (liberation) is its ultimate goal.