Ayurvedic Man: Encounters with Indian medicine
This exhibition (  takes its title and inspiration from the ‘Ayurvedic Man’ – an 18th-century Nepali painting depicting the organs and vessels of the male body according to classical Ayurveda. Showcasing an exquisite range of material, including Sanskrit, Persian and Tibetan manuscripts, vibrant gouache paintings, erotic manuals and animal-shaped surgical tools from our collections, the exhibition includes a new commission by artist Ranjit Kandalgaonkar reimagining the Bombay plague epidemic of 1896 and a new film by Nilanjan Bhattacharya centred around two contemporary medicinal practitioners from India. Ayurveda has been associated for thousands of years with a range of medical practices rooted in South Asia. Widely practised today in India and beyond, it has been transformed during exchanges with biomedicine and the global market of wellness. As Ayurveda evolves and objects are dispersed across museums, several questions remain: Who owns medical heritage? And what is the contemporary relevance of collections built from colonial encounters? Ranjit Kandalgaonkar’s commission follows from his residency at Gasworks, London, which was supported by the Charles Wallace India Trust and Inlaks Shivdasani Foundation.
Curses by Bompas & Parr
Bompas & Parr and the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology will unveil Curses! on 17th November 2017, cursing participants in a month-long installation within the enchanting halls and cabinets of curiosity of the Petrie Museum. Tapping into the subconscious and our increasing cultural obsession with superstition, visitors will be exposed to an assortment of cursed objects and curses stories, before being physically cursed themselves in a new installation.
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