what to expect

  • meet the artist
  • an opportunity to get signed books and prints
  • non-alcoholic cocktails and snacks will be served
  • artist will speak briefly at the beginning of the opening night to explain the history and meaning of the work

Vāsudeva Das, originally from the Netherlands, spent his youth creating art. While attending the prestigious Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam in 1997, he decided to pursue a monastic lifestyle in the tradition of Bhakti-yoga. Having served as a monk for sixteen years,  in ashrams in Europe, India and New York, he recently married. He presently lives in New York City, where he serves as the head-priest at The Bhakti Center and teaches classes on Sanskrit and Vedic wisdom. From Darkness to Light is his first exhibition.

FROM DARKNESS TO LIGHT

A Gita-based Art Exhibition by Vāsudeva Das

curated by Radhika Khosharay

date – opening night: friday, october 13

time – 7:00 – 9:00pm

exhibit will run for 6 weeks and be open for viewing on fridays between
October 13th – November 18th, from 7pm – 9pm

location – the bhakti center / 2e

admission – free of charge (books and art pieces will be for sale in the gallery)

contact: vasudeva@bhakticenter.org


For ages India’s wisdom traditions have systematized knowledge in the form of sūtras: collections of concise  statements expressing a wide body of information. The paintings in Vāsudeva Das’ exhibition Darkness to Light function in a similar way. They express philosophical concepts of the Bhagavad-gītā through powerful images, taking us on a journey into the Gītā’s wisdom as we travel with Arjuna, the Gītā’s protagonist, from the dark realms of despair to the shining light of spiritual knowledge.

The terse nature of sūtras require commentaries to unpack them, and similarly each painting is accompanied by a brief spoken commentary, accessible with your smartphone through a QR code. The paintings and their commentaries are published in Vāsudeva Das’ upcoming book, The Gītā Condensed: An Illustrated Introduction to the Bhagavad-gītā, which will be available at the event. Vāsudeva Das will also facilitate a seminar accompanying the exhibition. See here for more information.