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A Paris Exhibit Where The Art Is For The Taking

An 18-century gallery has been transformed into a "venue of free and creative exchange," upending the usual relationship between art and the public.

Go ahead, take them...
Go ahead, take them...
Emmanuelle Lequeux

PARIS — The latest exhibition at the Monnaie de Paris is titled, "Take Me (I'm Yours)," but don't worry, there's nothing sexual about it. Almost everything on exhibit here can be taken, swapped, replaced or bought for a very modest sum. Used clothes, white and blue pills, vials containing an unknown liquid from artist Rirkrit Tiravanija, badges from artists Gilbert & George that read "Ban religion," a postcard with an astute haiku from Yoko Ono.

Monnaie de Paris has transformed "its 18th-century galleries into a venue of free and creative exchange, designed to overturn the conventional relationship between art and the public," the exhibition's notice says. Visitors are encouraged to help themselves to anything and everything, even given bags at the entrance to facilitate carrying their haul. Even the painted eggs that ornament the Grand Staircase are available for the taking.

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Taking A Position: A Call To Regulate Yoga In India

Trained practitioners warn that unregulated yoga can be detrimental to people's health. The government in India, where the ancient practice was invented, knows this very well — yet continues to postpone regulation.

Prime Minister Modi at a mass yoga demonstration in Lucknow, India

Banjot Kaur

NEW DELHI — Prime Minister Narendra Modi led the observance of the eighth International Yoga Day from Mysuru, in southwestern India, early on the morning of June 21. Together with his colleagues from the Bharatiya Janata Party, he set out to mark the occasion in various parts of the country — reviving an annual ritual that had to take a break for the first two years of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Yoga is one of the five kinds of alternative Indian medicine listed under India’s AYUSH efforts — standing for "Ayurveda, Yoga, Unani, Siddha and naturopathy, and Homeopathy." Among them, only yoga is yet to be regulated under any Act of Parliament: All other practices are governed by the National Commission for Indian System of Medicine (NCISM), Act 2020.

Yoga and naturopathy are taught at the undergraduate level in 70 medical colleges across 14 Indian states. The Mangalore University in Karnataka first launched this course in 1989; today, these subjects are also taught at the postgraduate level.

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