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Kama Sutra Exhibition

Kama Sutra

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This is a first. Never before has an exhibition been devoted exclusively to the text Kama Sutra in Paris. Currently at the Pinacothèque, the exhibit lifts the work above its misrepresentations as a simple pornographic book in order to reveal its more profound meaning and its place among the four fundamental pillars of Hindu philosophy. Enjoy! Parisianist.

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8 Rue Vignon, 75008 Paris
Line 8/12/14 - Madeleine

Thursday : 10:30 am - 18:30 pm
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Monday : 10:30 am - 18:30 pm Tuesday : Closed Wednesday : 10:30 am - 20:30 pm Thursday : 10:30 am - 18:30 pm Friday : 10:30 am - 20:30 pm Saturday : 10:30 am - 18:30 pm Sunday : 10:30 am - 18:30 pm
25 December 1 January

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Kama Sutra, Spirituality and Eroticism in Indian Art is the first exhibit in France dedicated to this monumental Hindu work of literature. More than 350 objects that complement the text's seven chapters are on display at the Pinacothèque, ranging from sculptures to everyday objects, from paintings to Lingams (an ever-present phallic symbol in Indian art). 


The seven chapters of Kama Sutra (Meditation, General remarks, Amorous advances/Sexual union, Acquiring a wife, Duties and privileges of the wife, Other men's wives, About courtesans, and Occult practices) determine the exhibition's layout. Throughout the exhibit, texts, paintings, sculptures, and everyday objects like nut-crackers are exposed in order to best explain the seven chapters. 

The Karma Sutra

The kama is the third of the four fundamental pillars that are at the base of Hindu faith. The first pillar corresponds to the first years of life and establishes morals and aesthetics. The second pillar is associated with professional success and material comfort. Next is the kama, the third pillar, requiring awareness of the force of the body and mind. Finally, with the strength of the first three pillars, a being can reach the fourth pillar, a state of absolute grace known as the Moksha. Unlike Christianity's teachings that claim God is love, in Hinduism, God makes love. With that in mind, it makes sense that the Kama Sutra, written by the Brahman Vatsyayana around the 4th century, is about sex. After all, this is not an affair of the heart. This affair is all about the body.

The Text

The exhibit begins by placing Kama Sutra within its philosophic and literary context, presenting the majors Hindu gods (Vishnu, Krishna, Brahma, Ganesh) and their wives. Alongside the gods is a map that pinpoints the highly significant temples in India, the most notable of which is the Khajuraho Temple whose erotic sculptures attract many tourists. Enhanced by numerous paintings and sculptures from Indian art institutes, the exhibit goes on to follow the seven chapters of the book.


The exhibit Kama Sutra, Spirituality and Eroticism in Indian Artprovides an excellent opportunity to acquaint yourself with a book that is often misinterpreted by Western societies and to learn more about the Hindu religion and its major gods. The paintings, objects and sculptures are beautiful and rarely visible to the public, but they soon start to resemble one another and offer little variety throughout the visit. While the chapters of the book are certainly distinct from one another, to the untrained eye the objects on display don't reflect this variation. Kama Sutra, Spirituality and Eroticism in Indian Art is worth a visit, but you might want to speed through towards the end.

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