Exhibitions

Mandalas – Om Prakash [June 2017 – Jan 2018]

It is a great pleasure and honour to present Om Prakash at MOSA. He is a senior artist from India who has an outstanding career as an artist and teacher. I have had the opportunity to meet him on several occasions and go through his collection of works. I feel his art attracts those seeking spirituality as it conveys forms and colours in such a way that it puts us in touch with the inner world and just watching his works is a form of meditation that takes us away from the busy and stressful world of everyday life. I have seen how he keeps track of every work he has ever produced as if they are all children and need to be taken care of. He has kept track where every painting has gone and those in his Collection are very nicely kept by year or size or material. His art is very much appreciated both in India and the West. The show we are presenting at MOSA consists of 60 paintings spanning 5 decades as we have works from 1977 till 2016. There are many large works but also some small works on paper. There are amazing works that reflect the magical wonderful world of Mandalas. Om Prakash transforms and recreates this ancient Indian tradition in a way that is very personal to him. His works speak for themselves and I am convinced that they will speak to every observer and visitor to MOSA and uplift them to a higher consciousness and will awaken the desire to go within and start the process of meditation. We also hope that we will be able to bring this wonderful show to Museums or Cultural Centres around Europe. Now more than ever people need to encounter art that uplifts us and helps us look for inner peace. Martin Gurvich Director Museum of Sacred Art - MOSA

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As an Indologist and museum curator, I am extremely glad that a museum dedicated to present-day spiritual art has been set up in Durbuy. India has a unique ancient tradition of depicting the divine, which has over the centuries produced an enormous amount of inspired art, with stylistic variations. Bulls, fertility-figurines, lingams, and yaksha (forest spirits) are early, well-known expressions of the great forces of nature. In the classical period beautiful sculptures represented aspects of the universal soul in the shape of anthropomorphic deities. In medieval times miniature paintings reflected an invisible divine presence in another way. A rich tradition of tribal and folk art depict stories of heroes, gods, and demons. All these forms of Indian art are lively and colourful. They have been used for veneration of deities, and reflect great devotion. It is clear that Indian art has a divine abstract dimension as well as a direct human one. Christiane De Lauwer Curator (South Asia), MAS / Ethnographic Museum Antwerp
The antiquity of Indian civilization matched by the vastness of its geographical extent has contributed to the rich and multiple art forms of India. These art forms have been successfully presented by the Museum of Sacred Art not only in Belgium, but also in the whole of Europe over the last five years since its inception. I deeply appreciate the initiative of the museum to encourage interfaith dialogue through fine arts as manifested in these upcoming exhibitions. H.E. M.S. Puri Ambassador of India in Belgium
Born in 1932 at Bawal, Haryana, Om Prakash  did his graduation in drawing and painting at Meerut College, and secured a Diploma in fine arts at the Delhi Polytechnic. A Fulbright Scholarship then enabled him to do his postgraduate studies in fine arts and art history from Columbia University, NewYork. Working on paper and canvas, Om Prakash, creates intricate imagery in bold lines and geometric forms. In a harmonious mix of abstraction, and tantric forms his compositions evoke mystery and an ethereal energy. Om Prakash lives in Delhi and works from his studio there. “For painting my Mandalas, I light the torch to find the way, step by step, until I reach the alter. For me traditional Mandala are illustrations painted for some to meditate upon and largely to explain the Buddhist, Tantric and Jain philosophical thoughts. I am neither qualified nor interested in them. I remove all that baggage and go into their core of graphic manifestations in order to recreate and transform them.”
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