Vandana Kalra

Articles By Vandana Kalra

Taking the Mahatma to Venice

After eight years, India returns to the prestigious Venice Biennale with an official pavilion. Eight modern and contemporary artists examine the legacy of Mahatma Gandhi, 150 years after his birth.

Gond artist Venkat Shyam stresses on the need to protect our environment

To initiate a “reconciliation” between human beings and nature and draw attention to environmental degradation, the artist has turned to stories of thick forests and pure water that he was told as a child.

An exhibition in Qatar celebrates how artist MF Husain embraced the world

Seven years after the modernist’s demise in 2011, Qatar is now celebrating his art through an exhibition that features his works spanning six decades.

An exhibition records how western artists depicted the Sikh community in the 19th and 20th centuries

It is part of the exhibition titled “Sikhs: An Occidental Romance” that features 80 replicas of 19th and 20th century paintings featuring members of the Sikh community by western artists.

The ongoing exhibition at Barrack number 4 befittingly presents art from different periods

Organised by The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) in collaboration with Delhi Art Gallery — titled “Drishyakala”, begins with British artists Thomas and William Daniell, who travelled through India late eighteenth century onwards to produce “Oriental Scenery”, often described as “the finest illustrated work on India”. “

Take a Modernist Home

The CIMA Art Mela promises an array of artwork at competitive prices. It will be held from April 12 to 16 at Visual Arts Gallery, India Habitat Centre, Delhi

Lost and still not found: Artworks that went missing in the last century

Is the most expensive artwork sold at an auction, Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi, missing? A look at its mysterious past and some other masterpieces that are missing.

Gulammohammed Sheikh : An artist of the changing world

Painter, art historian, teacher and writer, Gulammohammed Sheikh’s extraordinary journey has seen him use art to navigate his way through life.

Kochi Biennale Foundation drops probe against Riyas Komu

Last week, Komu reportedly submitted his resignation, alleging that the Biennale had failed to extend support to him. Meanwhile, vendors, volunteers and contractors who worked for the edition claimed to have not been paid in full for their work.

Video artist Ranbir Kaleka reflects on the present times, his current exhibition in Delhi and being at ease with one’s medium

"I work with a lot of preliminary material — sketches, research and reference material — and, in my video and digital works, I do not start until I find the right people to be my protagonists", said Kaleka.

Leaving a Stamp on History

An exhibition of stamps from the Ewari Family Collection is a window to the Nizam of Hyderabad’s British allegiance and his architectural finesse.

Art for Tax

The Indian income tax department auctions artwork from Nirav Modi’s famed collection.

For Roosevelt House, blue is the warmest colour

Roosevelt House, the official residence of the US ambassador to India, gets a room inspired by Indian motifs.

Compositions bearing testament to Narayan’s wit and articulation

The three compositions along with more than 800 others comprise a book dedicated to the late creative design professional and founder of the creative agency Survival by Design, who passed away in September 2017 after battling cancer for ten months.

Modern in India begins much before 1947: French art historian, curator Catherine David

David spoke about modernity in art and the recent exhibitions of Indian art at Centre Pompidou. Excerpts from an interview:

An exhibition by persons with special needs finds a place in this year’s Kochi Muziris Biennale

An exhibition in Fort Kochi highlights art by individuals with special needs.

Sculpting Stories

Artist Manjunath Kamath’s exhibition puts history under a critical scanner.

An exhibition shares how the visually challenged pioneer of modern Indian art, Benode Behari Mukherjee saw the world

Around a month after Santiniketan announced that it will honour its eminent alumni Benode Behari Mukherjee with a gallery dedicated to the work of the visually challenged modernist master, an exhibition in Delhi traces his oeuvre, from the time Mukherjee completed his studies at Kala Bhavan. “He registered as its second student in 1919, when […]

Joining the Dots: How artists are questioning governance systems at the National Gallery of Modern Art

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.

Former diplomat Deb Mukharji’s photographs capture the Himalayas over five decades

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.