The exhibition Beyond Bollywood: 2000 Years of Dance in Art explores the representation of dance in the arts from South Asia, Southeast Asia, and the Himalayan region from the first to the twenty-first century. Dance is omnipresent in the arts of this region and has long been a key element in the world’s image of India and nearby countries. Through religious, courtly, and everyday objects, the exhibition will illustrate how dance occupies a uniquely important place in the region. The dance of the gods can provide religious and ethical lessons and can also symbolize power and majesty. In daily life, people have long danced for worship, for festivals, for the entertainment of emperors and princes, and for their own enjoyment. Dance was–and is–not only for delight. This groundbreaking exhibition will empower museum audiences to consider the compelling visual language of dance through its many permutations. It will demonstrate the exceptional importance and power of dance in religious thought, literature, politics, and societal structures.
Through approximately 120 artworks drawn from US museums and private collections, the exhibition features sculptures of bronze, stone, ivory, and wood; paintings; jewelry; textiles; and contemporary works in new media. In addition to representations of dance from India, works from Pakistan, Nepal, Tibet, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, and Indonesia are included. Jointly organized by the Cincinnati Art Museum and the Asian Art Museum, the exhibition premieres in Cincinnati before travelling to San Francisco in 2023.
The Cincinnati Art Museum is open to the public Tuesday–Sunday, 11 a.m.–5 p.m., and on Thursday, 11 a.m.–8 p.m. The selected time on your ticket indicates the museum’s open hours when tickets to view the exhibition are required. Once you’ve purchased your tickets, you may enter the exhibition at any time during open hours on the selected date on your ticket.
Time: 11:00am - 5:00pm