The Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum to Showcase The Binney Collection of Indian Art

artwork: The Sage's Wife Clothes Sita India, Punjab Hills, Kangra, ca. 1780. - Opaque watercolor and gold on paper. Lent by the San Diego Museum of Art: Edwin Binney 3rd Collection.


MADRID – The Binney Collection of Indian Art in the San Diego Museum of Art (USA) is one of the world’s Most Important collections of 12th to 19th-century South East Asian art. A selection of 105 paintings, prints and manuscripts will now be Shown in Europe for the first time, visitors to the Introducing work of local artists produced for rulers and for the Persian, Central Asian and European merchants who Arrived in India during this period. The works on display Demonstrate These artists’ remarkable Ability to Adapt and modify traditional style without losing their distinctively Indian character. The San Diego Museum of Art will premiere 106 works of art from its Edwin Binney 3rd Collection in an exhibition titled Into India: South Asian Paintings from The San Diego Museum of Art at the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum of Art in Madrid, Spain. On view from 28th February through 20th May.

Roxana Velásquez, Executive Director for The San Diego Museum of Art, will accompany the world-renowned works of art to Spain, sharing these works from the Museum’s Permanent Collection with an international art audience.

“It is an honor to lend works from our permanent collection to a major international art institution such as the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum of Art in Madrid, Spain – a museum best known for displaying magnificent art from around the world. Equally as exciting is that The San Diego Museum of Art is the institution bringing an exhibition of Indian paintings to Spain for the first time,” says Velasquez.

artwork: "The Rani of Jhansi on horseback kills an Englishman with her sword" ca. 1860, 25.5 cm x 30.5 cm.  -   Edwin Binney 3rd Collection Collection of The San Diego Museum of Art

The exhibition is organized Into four sections, starting with a juxtaposition of works in the autochthonous Indian tradition and the type of painting produced for foreign clients from the 15th century onwards. This is Followed by a second section on the illumination of books of Persian poetry, to third on the birth and evolution of the new style from the confluence That Arose Between These Two Traditions in the 16th century under Mughal rule, and a final section with paintings produced for British traders and civil servants Associated with the East India Company. The latter constituted a group of enlightened clients notably, Whose desire for Knowledge About India That is Reflected in works convey the natural beauties of the country, STI flora and fauna, landscapes and peoples.

Focused exhibitions of works from the Binney Collection previously have been on display in the United States, China, France, Switzerland, and Canada; this will be its first stop in Spain. Individual works from this collection have been lent as objects in exhibitions in many prestigious institutions around the world including The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, NY, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, and the Musée Guimet, Paris.

Created in 1988, the Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection Foundation pioneered a new formula for the private management of public assets in Spain, and Its Apparent Efficacy Has Been Opened ever since the museum doors in October 1992 STI. Since That Time, Both the museum and the foundation That Manages Have grown and evolved it, Expanding the collections and facilities With The Addition of the Carmen Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection as a long-term loan in 2004 and the extension of the Villahermosa Palace, as Increasing the number as well and variety of Activities, temporary exhibitions and Educational Programmes. The team of people who makes the institution’s daily Existence Also possible’ve Been augmented, But The Engine That Keeps Running Smoothly the foundation’ve Always Been Their drive and motivation. Visit : http://www.museothyssen.org/en/thyssen/home