Visitors to the Ayurvedic Man exhibition view the Ayurvedic Man painting
David Bishop/Wellcome Collection.
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Ayurvedic Man: Encounters with Indian medicine

"Thought-provoking and visually gorgeous" — The Times.

Taking its name from the 18th-century Nepali painting, the ‘Ayurvedic Man’, this exhibition showcases an exquisite range of material from Wellcome’s historical collections, including Sanskrit, Persian and Tibetan manuscripts, vibrant gouache paintings, erotic manuals and animal-shaped surgical tools.

Ayurveda, translating as ‘the knowledge of long life’, is a centuries old but ever-evolving set of medical practices from South Asia. Today it continues to be transformed by biomedical and cultural exchanges. However, several questions remain: Who owns medical heritage? And what is the contemporary relevance of collections built from colonial encounters?

Featuring two new commissions from artist Ranjit Kandalgaonkar and filmmaker Nilanjan Bhattacharya, Ayurvedic Man invites you to explore and question our collections for yourself.


Galleries
Day Times
Monday Galleries closed
Tuesday 10:00 - 18:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 18:00
Thursday 10:00 - 22:00
Friday 10:00 - 18:00
Saturday 10:00 - 18:00
Sunday 11:00 - 18:00
Library
Day Times
Monday 10:00 - 18:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 18:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 18:00
Thursday 10:00 - 20:00
Friday 10:00 - 18:00
Saturday 10:00 - 16:00
Sunday Library closed
Restaurant
Day Times
Monday Restaurant closed
Tuesday 11:00 - 18:00
Wednesday 11:00 - 18:00
Thursday 11:00 - 22:00
Friday 11:00 - 18:00
Saturday 11:00 - 18:00
Sunday 11:00 - 18:00
Café
Day Times
Monday 08:30 - 18:00
Tuesday 08:30 - 18:00
Wednesday 08:30 - 18:00
Thursday 08:30 - 22:00
Friday 08:30 - 18:00
Saturday 09:30 - 18:00
Sunday 10:30 - 18:00
Shop
Day Times
Monday 09:00 - 18:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 18:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 18:00
Thursday 09:00 - 22:00
Friday 09:00 - 18:00
Saturday 10:00 - 18:00
Sunday 11:00 - 18:00

Access information

This exhibition is on level 1

Step-free access is available to all floors of the building

Large print guides, transcripts and magnifiers are available in the gallery


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