How do Indian tourists view Europe?

Objects for the »Deutschlandschrank« reaches the museum in Tharangambadi

The art project »Deutschlandschrank« by the Francke Foundations in cooperation with the Kunststiftung Sachsen-Anhalt is intended to use the stylistic means of historical cabinets of curiosities to expand the one-sided European view of India to a mutual perception. For three months the South Indian artist Asma Menon lived in Halle as a representative centre of a medium-sized German city and compiled a collection from her observations that is »typically German« for her. As a counterpart to the baroque Indian showcase in the Wunderkammer of the Francke Foundations, she will develop a German showcase for the Ziegenbalg-House in Tharangambadi. There it will be permanently exhibited in the Museum for Intercultural Dialogue and will offer Indian museum visitors a window of Germany on the basis of selected objects. The collected objects were carefully packed in Halle and sent on their way by post. After only 10 days they landed safely in Tharangambadi and were unpacked with great interest by the museum staff.