ANN: Translocation of South Asian Art: Provenance and Documentation (Online; 6-7 Oct 2022)

The National Museum of Asian Art continues its series, Hidden Networks: Trade in Asian Art, with Translocation of Asian Art: Provenance and Documentation.

Washington, DC: 9 a.m.–12 p.m. EDT daily
London: 2–5 p.m. BST daily
Berlin: 3–6 p.m. CET daily
New Delhi: 6:30–9:30 p.m. IST daily


From the seventeenth century onward, Western visitors to the South Asian subcontinent were actively acquiring as well as commissioning works of art for private and public collections. A complex network of individuals and institutions facilitated the strategic movement of art out of South Asia. As questions about the art market and museum ethics have arisen in our contemporary moment, histories of South Asian objects in museum collections are under increasing scrutiny. While this webinar engages with those important issues, it primarily focuses on documenting the provenance and circulation of South Asian art before 1970 as a way to better understand and reckon with the collections that exist today. Divided into two half-day sessions, this webinar will present scholarly talks and discussions that provide an overview of the field of South Asian provenance research and highlight important resources.

This program is the fifth instalment in the series Hidden Networks: Trade in Asian Art, co-organized
by the National Museum of Asian Art; Museum für Asiatische Kunst, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin; and
The British Library. It is co-organized by Najiba H. Choudhury and Joanna M. Gohmann (National
Museum of Asian Art); Christine Howald (Museum für Asiatische Kunst, Staatliche Museen zu
Berlin); and Malini Roy (The British Library).

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