There are all forms of art in the world.\nSome portable and transferable and others that were meant to remain where they were created.\nAt a recent visit to a world-acclaimed museum, I was all excited to be experiencing a place I\u2019d read so much about.\nAnd I chose to go in to the Asian galleries.\nAs I walked in, the vision of large stone sculptures hit my eyes.\nThese were large sections of sculpted walls that obviously were a part of a larger structure.\nMy heart sank.\nWhy were these sections separated from their original structures?\nI have always seen these in their natural settings and enjoyed not just the art and craft but also the aura and essence of their creation.\nBut here they were dead, sitting isolated, orphaned of their parent structures.\nWhat could possibly justify the act of uprooting these magnificent works of devotion?\nSome tell me that these structures may have been in ruins and their presence in alien lands is a result of some salvaging operation.\nBut they could not explain how the salvaging operation necessitated\u00a0 transporting the object across the seven seas and reaching a random unconnected distant part of the world.\nThey could not explain why the\u00a0 preservation / resurrection / storage / display could not be carried out at the site or at least at some other nearby site in the country of origin.\nThese were not textiles or jewels that belonged to some individuals and whose ownership had moved from one individual to another!\nThese were large sections of walls of temples and monuments \u2013 that were once public property belonging to the public of the source location \u2013 whose ownership had somehow been transferred from that public\u00a0 to some private institution in some land that had nothing to do with its creation or raison d\u2019etre.\nMore importantly, these were works of art, that when removed from the source structure, rendered the latter incomplete, damaged and broken. And in the case of deities\u00a0 \u2013 the removal rendered the temples impotent.\nHow? Why? Could no one\u00a0 see the tragedy of the uprooting of such art?\nWhat was the rationale?\nCould ANY logic possibly justify the uprooting of the statues of Christ and Mary\u00a0 from a church in Rome? Then why is it justified in the case of the statue of Buddha?\u00a0 Or Goddess Laxmi.\nIf someone knows the logic, I would really appreciate some answers.\nThese thoughts and sentiments came to me as I entered the first hall at the Met Museum in New York, USA. Sadly, this museum is not the first to have such exhibits nor\u00a0 the only one. But it is the one that evoked my pain.\n\nAnd this amazing mural.\n\nSome deities from various temples that are no longer worshipped in as their life-source \u2013 the deity sits in some land faraway.\n\nI see this uprooting as no different from the destruction of Buddhas\u2019 statues from Bamiyan \u2013 an event that had caused uproar internationally.\nIn both cases, the agents of destruction were different, their reasons and missions may be different but the result is the same and neither can be comprehended by my soul!\nPlundering was common in the olden days but the revelation that museums in civilised nations in this modern day and age should continue to be party to such acts \u2013 is a mind-opener!\n\u00a0\njaina mishra\nJuly 2016\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\nThe post The Tragedy of Uprooted Art appeared first on The Art Blog by WOVENSOULS.COM.