A new gallery devoted to Indian art has opened at Canberra's National Gallery (NGA) in Australia, and it holds the largest collection of Indian art outside India.
"We have been delighted with the responses to the new Indian gallery," said Robyn Maxwell, senior curator of the gallery.
"We have extended labels on all the works of art in the Indian and Southeast Asian galleries for those less familiar with the subject matter. India is far less remote to visitors these days and visitors don't have any more trouble appreciating Indian sculpture. Indian art is very striking, so we want visitors to question and wonder about the objects," said Robyn.
The new gallery includes a large number of sculptures and textiles that have been acquired in the last 18 months and have never been seen before, according to Indian Link, an ethnic Indian newspaper.
"I am very excited by the opening of this Indian Gallery. It will provide opportunities for broadening access to the vibrant and inspiring world of the art of the Indian subcontinent, with works from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nepal, and to generate public interest in the collection in a way we have not been able to before," said NGA director Ron Radford.
The gallery has artefacts of all the major religions of India - Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Islam.
"The new Indian gallery displays art collected by NGA over nearly 30 years," added Robyn.