Gibbes Museum: Charleston Collection and Book Discussion on South Asian Art

Debuting the Charleston Collection series, this exhibition features selections from a major private collection of South Asian art in Charleston.

This series will be on view through February 17, 2019 in Galleries 2 and 3.  Click here to purchase tickets.

In addition to the exhibit, there will be a book-club style discussion of The Death of Vishnu: A Novel by Manil Suri in collaboration with Charleston County Public Library on January 25, 2019,  1:00 – 2:30 pm at the Gibbes Museum of Art.

Join us in The Daily Cafe at the Gibbes for a gourmet snack or beverage and a discussion that will focus on the book and works in the exhibition. Please read the book so you can participate in the discussion.

Participation is free and includes a coupon for discounted Museum admission.

Please contact Becca Hiester if you have any questions at 843.722.2706 x237 or

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(Image Credit:  The Gibbes Museum website)

India, the birthplace of three major world religions, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism, and a country where Judaism, Christianity, and Islam have deep roots, has traditions of sculpture, painting, and architecture that stretch back thousands of years.

This rich and varied visual culture is reflected in the naturalism of Western influenced Buddhist sculpture from ancient Gandhara, and in the bold Matisse-like stylization of Indian painting in the 16th and 17th centuries illustrating Hindu subjects. From examples of early medieval Buddhist bronze to paintings by artists from the courts of the Muslim Mughal emperors, this collection represents the region’s diverse sources and traditions.

In The Death of Vishnu: A Novel by Manil Suri, Vishnu, the odd-jobs man, lies dying on the staircase of the apartment building in Mumbai where he lives and works, while around him unfold the lives of its inhabitants-squabbling housewives, amorous teenagers, a spiritual seeker, a grieving widower. Could he be the god Vishnu, preserver of the universe? Blending Hindu mythology with scenes from contemporary life, the novel, like the sculpture and paintings in the exhibition, contemplates the universal human condition.

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(Image Credit:  The Gibbes Museum website)