Tantra: enlightenment to revolution at the British Museum

Painted and gilded clay figure of Kali striding over Shiva, Bengal, Eastern India, late 19th century. © The Trustees of the British Museum

23 Apr – 26 Jul 2020 (opening date postponed)

Room 35, the Joseph Hotung Great Court Gallery

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Note that a new date for the opening has yet to be announced. Please check back or check the British Museum website for further updates.

Explore the radical force that transformed the religious, cultural and political landscape of India and beyond in this landmark exhibition.

A philosophy originating in medieval India, Tantra has been linked to successive waves of revolutionary thought, from its sixth-century transformation of Hinduism and Buddhism, to the Indian fight for independence and the rise of 1960s counterculture.

Centring on the power of divine feminine energy, Tantra inspired the dramatic rise of goddess worship in medieval India and continues to influence contemporary feminist thought and artistic practice. From its inception to the present day, Tantra has challenged political and sexual norms around the world

Elements of Tantric philosophy can be found across Asia’s diverse cultures, but it remains largely unknown – or misrepresented – in the West. Tantra: enlightenment to revolution showcases extraordinary objects from India, Nepal, Tibet, Japan and the UK, from the seventh century AD to the present, and includes masterpieces of sculpture, painting, prints and ritual objects.

Learn more and book your tickets for Tantra: enlightenment to revolution here. View the events, which run alongside the exhibition here

About The British Museum

The first national public museum of the world, The British Museum was founded in 1753 and opened its doors in 1759. It was the first national museum to cover all fields of human knowledge, open to visitors from across the world.

Enlightenment ideals and values – critical scrutiny of all assumptions, open debate, scientific research, progress and tolerance – have marked the Museum since its foundation.

The Museum is driven by an insatiable curiosity for the world, a deep belief in objects as reliable witnesses and documents of human history, sound research, as well as the desire to expand and share knowledge.