Exhibition : 20th August - 5th September 2020
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This group provided a modernist alternative to the revivalist nationalism established by the Bengal school of art and to encourage an Indian avant-garde,
engaged at an international level. They emphasized a new conceptual freedom in the use of color, allowing it to express their individual emotions
From the 1990s onward, Indian artists began to increase the number of forms they used in their work. After the economic liberalization of the country that occurred during that decade, Indian art began to introduce new concepts and to work both within and outside of previous academic traditions.
The earliest traces of Indian art can perhaps be traced to the Mohenjo Daro and Harappa. In more recent times the earliest form of art can be seen in the caves of the Bhimbetka.
However, in the early 20th century was the start of the swadeshi movement of art in that the Bengal School of Art led by Abanindranath Tagore (1871-1951).
This movement shunned the European style of art and the artists who followed the western form of art , like Raja Ravi Verma .This movement produced some of the greatest master artists from Bengal , who remain relevant even in these contemporary times. Abanindranath Tagore , Gaganendranath Tagore , Nandalal Bose , Indra Dugar , Dipen Bose and later the likes of the master artist Jamini Roy etc.
Modern Art is said to have started in the late 19th Century. It saw the emergence of master artists like KG Subramanyan, Jogen Chowdhury , Sunil Das , Suhas Roy, Prakash Karmakar, Bijan Choudhury and various others considered to be the Pillars of Bengal Modern Art movement.
The Progressives : A group of artists from Mumbai was started by FN Souza and had member like MF Husain , KH Ara , Tyeb Mehta , Raza etc.
The Contemporaries of today are well heeled artists; and in the times of the internet their artworks are more global and conceptual .
In this exhibition , we have started a dialogue of all three movements and see how the works progress over time through the artworks of the artists in each era. The works can be viewed in the catalogue and this virtual show runs till the 5th of Sept. 2020.