Exhibition – The Treasury Collection: Works by Maria Sibylla Merian

31 March to 18 June 2017 Cromhouthuis, Amsterdam

The Cromhouthuis is currently hosting an exhibition of the paintings and illustrations of the naturalist and artist Maria Sibylla Merian. In her research as a naturalist, Merian examined caterpillars, butterflies, and other insects in their natural environment (f.e. in Surinam), and, as a result, produced works that did not just make a contribution to science, but also to art.

Exhibition – German Colonialism: Fragments Past and Present

14 October 2016 to 14 May 2017

Deutsches Historisches Museum

Berlin, Germany

For the first time The Deutsches Historisches Museum is exhibiting more than 500 objects dealing with various aspects of German colonialism.
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“Although the German Empire was one of the major European colonial powers, only in recent years has Germany‘s colonial past found its way into public consciousness to a significant degree. The exhibition of the Deutsches Historisches Museum examines the colonial ideology, which was founded in the belief of a European superiority. The multifarious interconnections of power ranged from local alliances and the routine exercise of violence on up to the colonial war in Namibia, which developed into genocide. No less varied were the colonial encounters. African, Oceanian and German players pursued their own aims and worked out their own scope of action. The exhibition sheds light on the motives of the missionaries, officials, military personnel, settlers and merchants on the German side as well as the interests of the colonialized peoples. At the same time it questions the degree to which the perspectives of the colonialized peoples were taken into account in the historical tradition and whether this stands in contradiction to the enormous extent of the collections and archives that were gathered during the colonial period and which tended to support the conditions of power.
Such an explicit colonial consciousness continued on after 1919. The exhibition devotes no little room to this controversial memory of the colonial past, while artistic as well as civil societal perspectives give us insight into the present situation as to the attitude towards
German colonialism in the countries that were affected as well as in Germany.”
More information can be found here.

Sulabh International Museum of Toilets: exploring history of hygiene & sanitation

Inspired by the ideas of sociologist and social activist Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak, the museum aims at: educating students about the historical trends in the development of toilets,  about the design, raw materials, and technologies adopted in the past and those in use in the contemporary world; and at helping policy makers and sanitation experts understanding the efforts made by their predecessors in this field throughout the world and solving present problems in the sanitation sector.

The museum showcases the development of the toilet system of the last five thousand years: from the third millennium B.C. to the end of the 20th century.


Displaying above Book Shelf Type French Toilet and colorfully Decorated Victorian period toilet

The museum can be found at:

Sulabh Bhawan, Palam Dabri Marg, Mahavir Enclave, Palam, New Delhi, DL 110045

For more informations click here.

Exhibition: Yinka Shonibare MBE

Tue 22 Mar – Sun 30 Oct 2016

Turner Contemporary

Sunley Gallery

Two major works by leading contemporary artist Yinka Shonibare MBE are currently presented as part of the 14-18 NOW programme of World War 1 Centenary Art commissions at  the Turner Contemporary.

Yinka Shonibare’s sculptural work End of Empire explores how alliances forged in the First World War changed British society forever; it explores themes of conflict, empire and migration in the centenary year of The Battle of the Somme. In addition,  the colourful work The British Library addresses issues related to immigration and its impact on contemporary British culture: shelves of books covered in colourful wax fabric are displayed bearing the names of first and second generation immigrants who have enriched British society.


More information can be found here.

Exhibition: Art and Stories from Mughal India

The Cleveland Museum of Art, 31 July — 23 October 2016


The dream of Zulaykha, from the Amber Album, c. 1670. India, Mughal. Opaque watercolor and gold on paper; 32 x 24.4 cm (page); 21.9 x 15.4 cm (painting). The Cleveland Museum of Art, Gift in honor of Madeline Neves Clapp; Gift of Mrs. Henry White Cannon by exchange; Bequest of Louise T. Cooper; Leonard C. Hanna Jr. Fund; From the Catherine and Ralph Benkaim Collection, 2013.332 (recto).

The centennial exhibition Art and Stories from Mughal India focuses on four stories—an epic, a fable, a mystic romance, and a sacred biography—embedded within the overarching story of the Mughals themselves as told through 100 paintings drawn from the Cleveland Museum of Art’s world-class holdings.

The Mughal Empire existed for more than 300 years, from the early 1500s until the arrival of British colonial rule in 1857, encompassing territory that included vast portions of the Indian subcontinent and Afghanistan. The Mughal rulers were Central Asian Muslims who assimilated many religious faiths under their administration. Famed for its distinctive architecture, including the Taj Mahal, the Mughal Empire is also renowned for its colorful and engaging paintings. Many of these take the form of narrative tales that not only delight the eye but also reveal fascinating ways in which the empire’s diverse cultural traditions found their way into royal creative expressions.


Rounding out the exhibition is a selection of costumes, textiles, jewelry, arms and armor, architectural elements, and decorative arts on loan from museums across the country.

Interested can explore the  free Mughal app for a more in-depth experience.

More informations can be found here.

Exhibition: Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History – The New Edition

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Funded by the Heilbrunn Foundation, New Tamarind Foundation, and Zodiac Fund, the collection pairs essays and works of art with chronologies, telling the story of art and global culture.

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