Maharaja: The Splendour of India's Royal Courts

Maharaja: The Splendour of India's Royal Courts

Architect
Mowat & Company Ltd
Location
London, United Kingdom
Project Year
2009
Category
Exhibitions
Gareth Gardner

Maharaja at the V&A

Mowat & Company Ltd as Architects

Project : Maharaja: The Splendour of India’s Royal Courts Client : Victoria & Albert Museum, London Completed : 2009


Creating a temporary exhibition with a quality suggestive of a permanent display to echo and enhance the splendour of the works on display


Urban Salon were exhibition for the V&A 2009 temporary exhibition, Maharaja: The Splendour of India’s Royal Courts.


The exhibition featured over 250 objects and explored the unique rich culture of the Maharajas. In order to reflect the magnificence of the exhibits, Urban Salon used different textures and materials to create different moods. For example, a ‘gold leaf’ wall evokes the opulence of India’s 18th Century royal courts while brushed aluminium display panels and vibrant pink walls reflect the relationship the Maharajas had with the European avant-garde.


‘What Urban Salon gave us was beautiful and atmospheric spaces, which echoed and enhanced the splendour and magnificence of the works on display without detracting from them. It was a wonderful design of a quality suggestive of a permanent gallery rather than a temporary exhibition.’


Anna Jackson, Curator, V&A.

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