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Information for Members: 
Tantra
enlightenment to revolution

This exhibition is now closed.

The British Museum is temporarily closed, following the latest government advice.

Due to the national lockdown and closure of the MuseumTantra: enlightenment to revolution will unfortunately be unable to reopen. If you have made a booking to visit the exhibition, please rest assured that no further action is needed to cancel this.

We have created this page of digital content, including a curator's tour of the exhibition, to allow you to see as much of the exhibition as possible from home. However, we appreciate that this will not offer the same experience as visiting the exhibition and we apologise for any disappointment caused by the closure.

The Museum's ability to generate income has been severely affected by the pandemic and Members' contributions and donations have been a lifeline over the past year. Thank you again for being a Member.

This year Members can look forward to exhibitions on the murder of Thomas Becket, the infamous emperor Nero and Ancient Peru, and we look forward to announcing dates for our 2021 exhibition programme in due course.

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Members' tour of Tantra: enlightenment to revolution

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.

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. 

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