Amritsar Temple Goes to London

London.- The Brunei Gallery at the School of Oriental and African Studies of the University of London presents "The Golden Temple of Amritsar: Reflections of the Past’, the first major exhibition on one of the world’s most beautiful and iconic buildings is on view through September 25th. ARTKABINETT collector members have been treated to viewing lots of Indian temple treasures which have been reported in the AK Files over the past couple of weeks. The Golden Temple is both the epicentre of the Sikh faith and a place of pilgrimage for followers of other traditions. Organised by a leading voluntary heritage organisation, the UK Punjab Heritage Association (UKPHA), this groundbreaking show will trace the temple’s history, beginning with its origins as a place where the Buddha once meditated, to its role as the inspiration behind a guerrilla insurgency against foreign invasion that eventually led to the establishment of a Sikh empire in the 18th century. The exhibition will bring to life a bygone era when the Sikhs vied with the Mughals, Afghans and British for control of the land in and around present day Afghanistan, Pakistan and North-West India. On show will be a range of beautiful original photographs, paintings and engravings enhanced with extracts from over 70 eyewitness accounts from, among others, European spies, travellers, artists, memsahibs and raconteurs who visited the shrine in the 19th century. Five one-day symposiums will feature a range of international expert speakers who will explore themes of development and history, art and architecture, hospitality and classical learning, martial traditions and classical music. A lavish book accompanying the exhibition will feature approximately 500 of the earliest images of the Golden Temple dating from the 1820s to 1959. The Brunei Gallery is an exciting venue in central London that hosts a programme of changing contemporary and historical exhibitions from Asia, Africa and the Middle East. The Gallery's aim is to present and promote cultures from these regions and to be a student resource and public facility.  Part of Museum Mile, the Brunei Gallery is located on Russell Square opposite the main entrance to the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) and only a three minute walk from the British Museum. With the permanent displays in the Foyle Special Collections Gallery and the Japanese Roof Garden, The Brunei Gallery makes a stimulating haven in the heart of London. Visit the gallery's website at ... http://www.soas.ac.uk/gallery/