Established in independent India “to acquire and preserve works of modern art from 1850s onward” and “organise special exhibitions”, among its several other objectives, this is not the first time that the functioning of NGMA is under scrutiny.
Photographs from the recent expedition, along with 74 more photographs clicked by Deb Mukharji in the last six decades, comprise the exhibition “Tall Tales from the Himalaya” that is on at India International Centre in Delhi.
In its 11th edition, the four-day fair will see participation from 75 exhibitors from across the world. While the showcase will include works by international biggies such as Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, Icelandic-Danish artist Olafur Eliasson and Turner Prize-winning photographer Wolfgang Tillmans, the focus will be on art from the region.
Rizwan Kadri has often discovered precious wares among the more commonplace junk on sale, but there is one purchase that is most dear to him: artist Chhaganlal Jadhav’s sketchbook chronicling Mahatma Gandhi during the Dandi March.
At a time when loan waivers to farmers have become a political issue, Umesh Singh, the postgraduate student of fine art at SN School of Arts and Communication, University of Hyderabad, has brought the voices of the farmers to the Kochi-Muziris Biennale though his exhibit that features in the Student’s Biennale segment of the 108-day event that began on December 12.
Installed at the gallery of Delhi’s Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, the work, titled Conceived Mirror, is nudging visitors to delve deeper into present realities just as the works of 17 other artists who feature in the exhibition titled “Voiceover”.
Delhi-based artist Roy Thomas was always curious to bring together his work alongside Western masters who were his inspiration. “I would always wonder what was Raja Ravi Varma thinking when he took inspiration from the West to produce these painting with Indian themes,” says Thomas.
Underlying the importance of asking questions, artist Anita Dube, also the curator of the ongoing edition of the Biennale, said: “This is a space for insurrection and discussion. It is important to raise questions.”