300 years ago, it was mainly missionaries, trained in Halle, who got the opportunity to explore and to study South India. Their imagery of South India was reflected in the collection of objects, exhibited in the India Cupboard of the Cabinet of Curiosities at the Francke Foundations in Halle.
We asked the Indian artist Asma Menon to visit Germany for three months from August to November 2019 and to bring back her experiences to be exhibited in India.
Funded by the Saxony-Anhalt Art Foundation, Menon was hosted by the Francke Foundations and traveled through different parts of Germany, starting in the rural south of the state Brandenburg, to central Saxony via Dresden to Halle, visiting Bremen, Worpswede, Göttingen and Frankfurt, too.
In Germany, Menon collected objects provoking her curiosity, from a snow globe to wood craft from Seiffen via miniature cars, board and card games and decorative wall plates. Back in India, she realised the frame work for her collection: the Cabinet of German Curiosities. The two-winged cabinet is headed by her paintings, representing the items inside through the artwork outside.