Award of Distinction: Art Gallery of Ontario - Maharaja Exhibition
29/11/18
This exhibition showcases the magnificence of India’s kings from the early 1700s until the mid-1900s, exploring 250 years of power, wealth, beauty and conflict to reveal how royal status and identity, as well as court culture and patronage, were transformed during a period of enormous political change.

Credits

Project Manager: Iain Hoadley

Graphic Designer: Aleksandra Grzywaczewska

3D Designer: Jim Bourke

Interpretive Planner: Shiralee Hudson

Production Coordinator: Malene Hjorngaard

 

Description

This exhibition showcases the magnificence of India’s kings from the early 1700s until the mid-1900s, exploring 250 years of power, wealth, beauty and conflict to reveal how royal status and identity, as well as court culture and patronage, were transformed during a period of enormous political change. 

 

The design highlights the splendour of the Indian courts using a variety of visual cues and materials. Fabric text panels, wall stencils and architectural elements like arches and multi-level platforms are used to create a lush experience, setting a court mood for the visitor while engaging them with didactic and interpretive materials. The team met with experts from the Indian community to capture the culture’s visual and textile influences.

 

Judges Comments

I was impressed by the simple but adept construction, the creation of the portals, the framed vistas, and the sense of mood and place that was achieved in this project.

– Michael Lejeune

 

 

 

 

 

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