Painting on textile depicting the yi-dam Samvara with wisdom partner

Event information

27 Sep 2020

09.00–10.00

Room 35

The Joseph Hotung Great Court Gallery

Members can book exclusive access to visit Tantra: enlightenment to revolution.


Explore the radical force that transformed the religious, cultural and political landscape of India and beyond in this landmark exhibition.

A philosophy originating in medieval India, Tantra has been linked to successive waves of revolutionary thought, from its sixth-century transformation of Hinduism and Buddhism, to the Indian fight for independence and the rise of 1960s counterculture.

Centering on the power of divine feminine energy, Tantra inspired the dramatic rise of goddess worship in medieval India and continues to influence contemporary feminist thought and artistic practice. From its inception to the present day, Tantra has challenged political and sexual norms around the world.

Elements of Tantric philosophy can be found across Asia's diverse cultures, but it remains largely unknown – or misrepresented – in the West. The exhibition showcases extraordinary objects from India, Nepal, Tibet, Japan and the UK, from the seventh century AD to the present, and includes masterpieces of sculpture, painting, prints and ritual objects.

All Members will need to book in advance of their visit for early morning views of the exhibition (please note: this will also apply to visiting during normal opening hours). The timings indicate available slots for accessing the early morning viewing. Members will be able to remain in the exhibition at their leisure.

Why not bring a friend? To add a guest facility to your membership, contact the Membership team on 020 7323 8195.

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