Painted votive panel showing a three-headed deity

24 September 2020 – 24 January 2021

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Room 35

The Joseph Hotung Great Court Gallery

Explore the radical force that transformed the religious, cultural and political landscape of India and beyond in this landmark exhibition, 'Tantra: enlightenment to revolution', which opens on 24 September.

We're asking everyone – including Members – to book for the exhibition to ensure physical distancing and a safe and welcoming environment.

Members can book a free ticket online or by contacting the Membership Office. Booking will be open for dates from 24 September up to 21 October initially. Further dates will be released in October (when the Citi exhibition Arctic: culture and climate will also be available to book). Members will be notified by email when future dates are added.

To ensure Members have the best experience we're offering a range of Membership exclusive early morning and late night views, as well as exclusive digital events and content allowing Members to explore the exhibition both on-site and from the comfort of home.

Explore Tantra

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.

Centring 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.

Exhibition supporter

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The Bagri Foundation is pleased to be lead supporter of Tantra: enlightenment to revolution, an exhibition which explores the wider, lesser-known philosophies of this belief system and its impact throughout history.

With a keen interest in Tantric Art and its principles – its ability to inspire spiritual awakening and its quest for universal truth – the Foundation believes that traditional ideas of Tantra are wholly relevant to a contemporary world.

A key tenet of the Bagri Foundation is to contribute to global discourse by sharing knowledge and expertise about cultures across Asia. We're pleased to partner with the British Museum for the first time, especially on a major exhibition which brings Tantra to a wider community.