As part of the In Place exhibition held at Kedleston Hall was Memoria Corona. Occupying the centre of the magnificent Marble Hall, the crown resonated with the presence of the British Crown in India over the last two hundred years. Modelled on Elizabeth II’s crown, it is topped with a Kohinoor diamond which was lost by India to the British during the Raj. Made from Ivory duco paint on fibre reinforced plastic, Memoria Corona is the work of the Indian visual artist Reena Saini Kallat. As part of the Frank Cohen collection, the work is a memorial to the Indians who fell during the fight for independence and the surface is covered with their names.
Kedleston Hall was one of four venues that was part of a contemporary art programme which sought to look at the ties between Britain and the Subcontinent. Hosting the Shakti exhibition at Kedleston Hall was an opportunity to focus on the cultural and artistic perspectives of the Indian collection which once adorned the wonderful architecture of Robert Adam. The Eastern Museum at Kedleston was built to house such objects and was designed by George Nathaniel, Marquess Curzon, who was Viceroy of India between 1899-1905.
The Feral Sphere was exhibited as part of the collection acquired from India by Frank Cohen. The sphere is constructed from fibreglass, fabric and acrylic paint and is the work of the Indian sculptor and painter Jagannath Panda. Featuring exquisite embroideries, the Feral Sphere reflects developments in contemporary art. Frank Cohen was the first person to present a major exhibition of contemporary art from India in the UK and he collects works which represent the rich culture based on respective history, folklore and craft.