Monsoon: Indian Paintings of the Rainy Season at LACMA

Lovers stealing out for secret trysts under cover of stormy nights, visits to the monsoon retreats of holy men, and divine beings associated with sources of water and rain are among the pictorial subjects in this exhibition, which explores visual representations of the rainy season in India.


Typically arriving each June with dramatic cloudbursts and intense rainfall along the southern and northeastern reaches of the subcontinent, the monsoon is the most eagerly anticipated weather phenomenon in India, sustaining lives, transforming landscapes, and raising human spirits. As an integral feature of South Asian life, the rains have long been celebrated in various mythologies, rituals, communal observances, and poetic expressions.

Start Date

April 1, 2017

End Date

July 2, 2017


11:00 AM - 05:00 PM


Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 5905 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90036

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