- India’s French Connection – The Exhibition IHC - Visual Art Gallery | Feb 1 – Feb 11, 2018
- India’s French Connection – Talks and Conference India Habitat Centre, New Delhi | Feb 7 – Feb 11, 2018
- Navratna offering at India Art Fair 2018 India Art Fair - New Delhi | Feb 9 – Feb 12, 2018
- Celebrating 25 years of Art Our New Identity
In honour of our 25th anniversary, DAG has launched the celebrations with the opening of the exhibition - India’s French Connection: Indian Artists in France.
This historic exhibition based on the association twenty-seven Indian artists had with art institutions, museums and art movements in Paris throws light on France as a cradle of modernism and what Indian artists gained from this relationship.
The exhibition, based on extensive research by DAG and texts written by Dr. Devika Singh (Centre of South Asian Studies, University of Cambridge) and Kishore Singh (DAG, Head - Exhibitions & Publications) is designed by scenographer Adrien Gadére, and explores the influence of French artistic movements on Indian artists from the 1920s onwards. Featuring significant Indian modernists such as Amrita Sher-Gil, S.H. Raza, Jehangir Sabavala and Ram Kumar, who studied in Paris or made it their home, the exhibition will look at their individual and collective journeys. This explores the mapping of the significance of the city to them, the artists they met there, and the French influence on their artistic repertoires.
The historic exhibition is open for general viewings at the Visual art gallery, India Habitat Centre, 1-11 February, 10:30 am – 7:30 pm.
The cultural dialogue between India and France is marked with an immersive programme of talks and a conference on art and museums organised by DAG at the India Habitat Centre. It aims to enrich the conversations on Art in India and to address the issue on how to enhance India's status in the global conversation. This is in keeping with its attempt to ensure Indian modern art remains a topic of conversation in important fora around the world. A calendar of talks and a conference featuring international and Indian speakers is planned for the month of February to coincide with its exhibitions and participation at India Art Fair. The confirmed speakers include: Bernard Picasso (President of the Museo Picasso, Spain, and grandson of Pablo Picasso) Catherine Chevillot (Director, Rodin Museum, Paris) Jean-Marc Bustamante (Director, Ecole des Beaux Arts de Paris) Eric de Chassey (Director, French National Institute of Art History) Manuel Rabate (Director, Louvre Abu Dhabi) and Fabrice Bousteau (Editor Beaux Arts Magazine) to name a few. The talks and conference are scheduled to be held at various venues at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi, from February 7-11. To submit your interest in participating in the talks and conference, please email: email@example.com
Every year, DAG creates a ‘museum’ at the India Art Fair, to help art-lovers discover Indian modern art in an experiential manner. In its 25th year, DAG has decided to honour India’s nine National Treasure Artists with an exhibition themed around their works.
In the early to mid-1970s, the Indian government decided to honour nine artists with the title of ‘National Treasure Artists’. All the artists differed in their practice and style, and were varied in their choice of mediums. Interestingly, six of them had their roots in Bengal (Kolkata), and the mantle of ‘nationalism’ can to an extent be extended to all of them. They represent the finest practitioners of modernism from the early 20th century (though Ravi Varma practiced mostly in the 19th century). Each of them brings a unique perspective to the platform of Indian art.
Highlights of the exhibition include canvases by Raja Ravi Varma and Amrita Sher-Gil, an extremely rare sculpture by Amrita Sher-Gil, paintings of the Himalayas by Nicholas Roerich, postcards by both Abanindranath Tagore and Nandalal Bose, and portraits by Rabindranath Tagore. The scenography for the exhibition has been created by Paris-based Adrien Gardere.
Established in 1993, in what was New Delhi’s hip and happening cultural urban ‘village’, and christened Delhi Art Gallery - who would have thought that simple desire to promote art in the capital would go on to become a powerhouse for Indian modern art? Ashish Anand’s keen sense led him to a primary study of what was a laggard art scene with no acknowledgement of the masters who had gone into decline. As befitting that responsibility, and its expansion with galleries in Mumbai and New York, a decision was taken in December 2017 to rename the establishment DAG, a mantle that extended to encompass a diverse range of programming options that have included research, archiving, publications, education, and the loan of works for important international exhibitions and biennales. Our participation in international art fairs and production of historic exhibitions have transcended geographical locations to create conversations around modern art from the region, thus stepping up our presence in curatorial practices in museums and in cultural and art discourses. DAG’s new branding commemorates its 25 years with a range of programmes spread through the year. Watch this space for details.
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