Wednesday 17 February 2021

British Museum - Celebrating Tantra | Exhibition highlights


A photograph of curator Imma Ramos inside the exhibition, standing to the right of a Tibetan thangka.

Tantra: enlightenment to revolution

Curator’s tour

The Museum’s doors may be closed and the Tantra exhibition at an end, but you can still experience it online – at any time, wherever you are.

Take a virtual tour with curator Imma Ramos and discover the origin and influence of ancient Tantric philosophies through extraordinary sculpture, objects and art from around the world.

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A photograph of three men making a colourful sand mandala in a dimly lit room.

Coming up

A live premiere

Join us at 15.00 GMT on Friday 19 February for a film premiere marking the end of the show.

The film charts the creation of a Buddist sand mandala, commissioned by the Museum in response to the exhibition and made almost 5,000 miles away in the mountains of Bhutan.

Set a reminder
A painting of a woman dressed in red with four arms and long black hair. She is holding a knife, a flower, a flag and a severed head, and wears a necklace of heads.

Catch up

Online events

Head over to our dedicated YouTube channel to enjoy exhibition tours, curator talks and performances – perfect for the long evenings.  

Learn about Tantra’s influence on yoga, discover how Tantra was reimagined in the 1960s and more.

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A black and orange square scarf decorated with a horse-rider in the centre.

Up to 50% off

Shop the show

From tea towels to tote bags, pendants to prints, our Tantra-inspired gifts are up to 50% off, and the beautifully illustrated exhibition book is just £20.

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A black, gold and red statue of the goddess Kali.

Tantra blogs

Dig deeper

Uncover the truth about Tantra, its link to female goddess worship and why it has largely been misunderstood in the West – all over on the blog. 

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A light brown statue of the Tantric Chamunda

A timeline of Tantra

From AD 500 to today

Journey through 1,400 years of history and discover the revolutionary power and impact of Tantra throughout the ages and the world.

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