“Akha Chhen” (आखाछेँ), Thimi, Bhaktapur Nepal cultural museum

Akha Chhen – The Cultural Museum

“Akha Chhen” (आखाछेँ), located in Thimi, Bhaktapur (Nepal), is a non profit cultural museum which has a collection of more than 100 types of traditional musical instruments, photos, traditional masks, costumes, traditional household utensils, teracotta sculptures, wood carvings, hand woven clothes and many more.

Moreover, live processes of various traditional works can be observed here at any time. 

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JOSEPH BEUYS AND THE SHAMAN MARTINO NICOLETTI EXHIBITION

JOSPEH BEUYS AND THE SHAMAN

A MULTIMEDIA EXHIBITION

CURATED BY MARTINO NICOLETTI

Joseph Beuys and the shaman: a multimedia exhibition as a concrete example of dialogue between contemporary art and anthropology

Inspired by the rare and precious collection of Joseph Beuys’s “blackboards” (created in 1980 during a visit to Perugia and currently hosted in a dedicated section at the Museo di Palazzo Penna) the exhibition’s — held in 2011-2012 and curated by the ethnologist and artist Martino Nicoletti — enlightened the visitor about shamanic elements characterising the work and thought of the German artist.

In this sense, besides written information, documentary photographs, images and objects directly related to Beuys artworks and Himalayan shamanic art, the exhibition provided visitors with a selection of artistic videos, multimedia installations and sound sculptures, created by various artists and inspired by the cosmology and visionary universe of Asian shamanism. 

It was indeed thanks to this set of artworks that the concrete presence of Beuys’s blackboards and a series of shamanic ritual artefacts on show at the exhibition could fluidly and osmotically communicate, providing access to a wider understanding in which art and content relating to the remote world of Asian shamanism could merge. 

An original video documentary — curated by Marco Nicoletti and elaborated on the basis of visual documents related to Beuys’ work and interviews to international experts as Michal Oppitz and Italo Tomassoni — provides a series of critical contents related to Joseph Beuys and his connection to the world of Asian shamanism. 

Catalogue of the exhibition: Nicoletti Martino, “L’uomo che dialogava con il coyote: una breve incursione sul tema Joseph Beuys e sciamanesimo”, (“The Man who Talked with the Coyote: About Joseph Beuys and Asian Shamanism”), Roma, Exòrma, 2011.

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Joseph Beuys e lo sciamano exhibition Martino Nicoletti

JOSEPH BEUYS E LO SCIAMANO

MULTIMEDIAL EXHIBITION

CURATED 

BY 

MARTINO NICOLETTI

Ispirandosi alla collezione di Lavagne create da Joseph Beuys nel 1980, in occasione di una visita a Perugia, e attualmente ospitate al Museo Civico di Palazzo della Penna, l’evento illumina sugli elementi sciamanici presenti nell’opera del Maestro tedesco.

L’evento, curato dall’etnologo e artista Martino Nicoletti della University of the West of Scotland, avvicina, per la prima volta in Italia, la figura del grande artista tedesco Joseph Beuys, all’universo religioso magico ed estatico dello sciamanesimo asiatico. 

Attorno al potente e denso epicentro rappresentato dalle Lavagne, ruota un variegato quanto pulviscolare caleidoscopio fotografico di rituali estatici, video, suoni, disegni cosmologici e oggetti sciamanici originali capaci di condurre il visitatore a una radicale rilettura di Beuys secondo una prospettiva inconsueta e densa di suggestioni. 

In un perfetto innesto formale e concettuale, una serie performance dal vivo e una serie di installazioni artistiche — create dallo stesso Martino Nicoletti e dedicate ai temi del volo magico sciamanico e della connessa discesa agli inferi — si integrano con la presenza delle Lavagne e con frammenti connessi all’opera di Beuys come artista figurativo e come performer. L’evento ospita altresì opere di Alessandra Campoli, di Slobodan Dan Paich e una installazione fotografica creata da Orfeo Pagnani.

Un originale documento filmato, curato da Marco Nicoletti e realizzato sulla base di immagini di repertorio e interviste a esperti internazionali quali Micheal Oppitz e Italo Tomassoni, offre un approfondimento critico all’evento e ai suoi stessi contenuti. 

Catalogo dell’evento:

– Nicoletti Martino, L’uomo che dialogava con il coyote: una breve incursione sul tema Joseph Beuys e sciamanesimo, Roma, Exòrma, 2011-

Perugia – Museo civico di Palazzo della Penna

18 dicembre 2011 — 9 aprile 2012

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Shamans Lugum Village Rukum district bi annual worship female shaman

SHAMANS OF LUGUM VILLAGE

RUKUM DISTRICT

NEPAL

These dances are performed in a bi annual worship of a female shaman.

 

झाँक्रीको कुल देवता पूजा जसलाई स्थानीय भाषामा “पुम्सिने” भनिन्छ, सो पुम्सिने क्रममा लुगुम गाउँका झाँक्रीहरु एउटा महिला झाँक्रीको पुम्सिने क्रियामा सहभागी भै पुम्सिने क्रिया सम्पन्न गरेको भिडियो |

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Shrine male donor figure Humla area Nepal

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Interesting primitive figure of donor, from a Western Nepal shrine: two Dhodro Banam, anthropomorphic lutes of the Sant(h)al people; one old mask probably northern Nepal border line with Tibet; one crowned Kali mask Terai nepalese.

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Masks other worlds exhibition Crafts Museum Pragati Maidan Delhi

MASKS OTHER WORLDS 

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EXHIBITION

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CRAFTS MUSEUM

BHAIRON ROAD, PRAGATI MAIDAN 

Bhairon Road, Near Gate No-1, Pragati Maidan

Delhi, Delhi 110001

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Ravana, Wood, Odisha (on the left)

Narasimha, Wood, Pigment, Odisha (on the right)

 

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Ravana wood pigment Odisha (Orissa)

 

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Trishira, Wood, Pigment, Odisha

Indrajeet, Wood, Pigment, Odisha

Kumbhakaran, Wood, Pigment, Odisha

Vibhishan, Wood, Pigment, Odisha

Meghnad, Wood, Pigment, Odisha

 

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Purulia Chhau Masks, Paper Mache

 

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Sugriva, Wood, Pigment, Odisha

Soldier, Wood, Pigment, Odisha

Bali, Wood, Pigment, Odisha

Hanuman, Wood, Pigment, Odisha

 

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Suka, Wood, Pigment, Odisha

Angad, Wood, Pigment, Odisha

Kumbhakaran, Wood, Pigment, Odisha

Ravana, Wood, Pigment, Odisha

Vibhisan, Wood, Pigment, Odisha. 

 

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Sita, Wood, Pigment, Odisha

Rama, Wood, Pigment, West Bengal

Lakshmana, Wood, Pigment, West Bengal

Hanuman, Wood, Pigment, Odisha

 

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Gaurimukh, Wood, Pigment, West Bengal

Sampati, Wood, Pigment, Odisha

Haigriv, Wood, Pigment, Odisha

Jatayu, Wood, Pigment, Odisha

Jambavant, Wood, Pigment, Odisha

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