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Past international exhibition

India and the world
a history in nine stories

Exhibition / 11 November 2017 – 30 June 2018

Past international exhibition

CSMVS, Mumbai
11 November 2017 – 18 February 2018

National Museum, New Delhi
5 May – 30 June 2018

This landmark exhibition showcased some of the most important objects and works of art from the Indian subcontinent in dialogue with iconic pieces from the British Museum collection.

Covering a period of over one million years, visitors were invited to embark on a landmark journey across nine pivotal moments in Indian history: shared beginnings, first cities, empire, state and faith, picturing the divine, Indian Ocean traders, court cultures, quest for freedom and time unbound.

For each section, a small group of objects were presented in conversation with each other. From sculptures to inscriptions, coins and paintings, when brought together they shined a light on our shared histories and considered where we are today.

About the exhibition

India and the World was a collaboration between Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (CSMVS) Mumbai, the British Museum in London and the National Museum, New Delhi, with the support of the Ministry of Culture of India. Supported by the Tata Trusts and the Getty Foundation, the project coincided with the celebrations of 70 years of Indian independence.

The exhibition showcased around 200 objects from the British Museum, CSMVS (Mumbai), National Museum (New Delhi) and about 20 museums and private collections across India. It highlighted the strong connections India has shared historically with the rest of the world, an exchange of ideas and influences that have helped create a global culture.

It was the first collaborative exhibition of its kind in India and provided a model for museums to share their collections with people across the world, some of whom may otherwise never have access to them. It aimed to give an opportunity to people from diverse countries and cultures to become partners in the world narrative and to motivate them to reconsider their own unique regional, national and global identities in the changing cultural landscape of the world.

Exhibition partners


Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (formerly Prince of Wales Museum of Western India) is one of the most important art and history museums in India situated in the Crescent Site on the southern tip of Mumbai. The CSMVS building is designed in the Indo-Saracenic architectural style and is listed as a Grade I Heritage Building. The CSMVS houses a world-class collection of over 50,000 objects which comprises various forms of art from India and beyond.

National Museum, New Delhi

National Museum, New Delhi is the premier museum of India. It houses an impressive collection of artefacts from across the country and the world. It has over 2,000,000 art objects representing 5,000 years of Indian art and craftsmanship. The collection includes sculptures in stone, bronze, terracotta and wood, a large collection of miniature paintings and manuscripts, coins, arms and armour, jewellery, textile, costumes and anthropological objects. 


Exhibition supporters

The Getty Foundation

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Getty is a leading global arts organisation committed to the exhibition, conservation, and understanding of the world's artistic and cultural heritage. Based in Los Angeles, Getty's Foundation, Conservation Institute, Museum, and Research Institute work collaboratively with partners around the world. Getty shares art, knowledge, and resources online at and welcomes the public for free at its Getty Center and the Getty Villa.

The Newton Fund

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The Newton Fund builds research and innovation partnerships with 18 partner countries to support their economic development and social welfare, and to develop their research and innovation capacity for long-term sustainable growth. It has a total UK Government investment of £735 million up until 2021, with matched resources from the partner countries.

The Newton Fund is managed by the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), and delivered through 15 UK delivery partners, which include the Research Councils, the UK Academies, the British Council, Innovate UK and the Met Office.

Tata Trusts

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Tata Trusts is amongst India's oldest, non-sectarian philanthropic organisations that work in several areas of community development. Since its inception, Tata Trusts has played a pioneering role in transforming traditional ideas of philanthropy to make impactful sustainable change in the lives of the communities. Through collaborations with government bodies, international agencies and like-minded private sector organisations, Tata Trusts has strengthened its contribution to the developmental landscape of the country to nurture a self-sustaining eco-system that collectively works across all these areas.

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