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World’s largest folk art museum to showcase Bangkok's Erawan Shrine

Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe (New Mexico, USA) will showcase Bangkok's Erawan Shrine in its upcoming “Sacred Realm” exhibition, which runs from February 28 through March 19.

On the opening day, henna artists will paint blessings on visitors’ hands and a Bharatnatyam performance will be held.

“Sacred Realm” shows the dynamic ways people communicate their ideas of the supernatural, divine, or sacred world. The exhibit reflects wide-ranging practices of belief that, at the same time, depict the common human desire to attain balance and harmony in the physical and spiritual realms of life, a release says and adds that in selecting and interpreting objects, the exhibition team worked with a Balinese Hindu Brahmin. Felicia Katz-Harris is the exhibition curator.

Commending the Museum for showcasing Lord Brahma and other Hindu artifacts, Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada today, said that art had a long and rich tradition in Hinduism and ancient Sanskrit literature talked about religious paintings of deities on wood or cloth.

Rajan Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, urged major art museums of the world, including Musee du Louvre and Musee d'Orsay of Paris, Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Los Angeles Getty Center, Uffizi Gallery of Florence (Italy), Tate Modern of London, Prado Museum of Madrid, National Gallery of Art in Washington DC, etc., to frequently organize Hindu art focused exhibitions, thus sharing the rich Hindu art heritage with the rest of the world.

Founded in 1953, this Museum, whose Mission includes to “shape a humane world”, claims to hold the world’s largest international folk art collection of over 150,000 objects from world over. Its permanent collections include "Jagannatha Temple" from India. Charlene Cerny is the Interim Director.

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