Eminent Indian Artists To Explore Subject Of ‘Mahatma Gandhi’ At The World’s Biggest Art Event – Venice Biennale

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May 3rd, 2018 / 11:14 AM

‘La Biennale di Venezia’ or the ‘Venice Biennale’ is one of the biggest art events in the world. It has not only extended a great amount of support to art coming from all regions of the world but has also helped art to thrive and mobilize in several ways. The event records the presence and participation of a number of eminent artists from across the globe. This year-round, India has also been listed to represent itself at the event among other nations.

The India Pavilion at the 58th International Art Exhibition at La Biennale di Venezia will include a list of eight eminent contemporary artists and it is scheduled to open on May 11th, 2019. Last time India participated was in 2011 at the 54th edition of India Pavilion.

The title of the exhibition for the India Pavilion is A Time for Future Caring and it is in honor of 150 years of Gandhi’ being celebrated across the country this year. The principle partner and curator is ‘Kiran Nadar Museum of Art (KNMA)’ who is to present the artists at the Biennale. The names of the artists selected to represent India at the event are Nandalal Bose, MF Husain, Atul Dodiya, GR Iranna, Rummana Hussain, Jitish Kallat, Shakuntala Kulkarni and Ashim Purkayastha. The India Pavilion has been co-organised by the ‘Ministry of Culture’, Government of India and Confederation of Indian Industry.

The Principal Partner of the India Pavilion, KNMA is a Delhi based art museum that is dedicated to promoting South Asian contemporary art within and outside India. It is the first ever private, modern and contemporary art museum in the country. The chairperson of KNMA, Mrs. Kiran Nadar said, “These eight significant Indian modern and contemporary artists come from across India and their work reflects strikingly different responses to the figure and philosophies of Gandhi.”

The exhibition curated by Roobina Karode, Chief Curator at KNMA intends to engage with the discourses on one of India’s most significant personalities, Mahatma Gandhi. His philosophies and the relevance of his values in the modern world. The artwork will reflect the theme of Gandhi directly or may feature certain brackets of his life.

This is the very first time that the works of the ‘National Treasure’ artist, Nandalal Bose’s will be shown in Europe. His work is called ‘Haripura Panel’ and has been taken to the event on loan from the ‘National Gallery of Modern Art’. The exhibition will then move to Jitish Kallat who will project a letter from Gandhi to Hitler onto fog in the form of a video installation, this is also being exhibited in Europe for the first time. The exhibition will be followed by other artists namely Atul Dodiya, MF Hussain, GR Iranna, Rummana Hussain, Jitish Kallat, Shakuntala Kulkarni and Ashim Purkayastha critically investigating the various themes related to Gandhi including ideas such as non-violence, truth, compassion, etc.

The participation of Indian artists at a global level is exceedingly motivating for all the young aspiring artists. It is an impactful initiative to bring back a culture of art in the country among common people.

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