Staff Reporter

KOCHI: Bombay Art Gallery, famous for presenting the works of many leading contemporary Indian artists, is forging a new relationship with Kerala.

As part of promoting talents from the State in both the national and international levels, the gallery is holding an exhibition in Kochi for the first time.

The journey will start with ‘Resonance’ — an exhibition of sculptures by V. K. Rajan. The show will be inaugurated at Durbar Hall Art Centre on Tuesday. Said Aditi Ruia, founder of the gallery: “A major art movement is happening in Kerala. The State has a rich art history based on temple and folk culture. The place is also famous for its dance and literature. Visual art here is going through a lot of change. Artists are now experimenting with new medium and form”.

Asked whether contemporary art has narrowed down to meeting the demands of the market, Mr. Ruia said galleries were publishers of the thought process of artists. “We use the world market in terms of introducing artists and not in its literal sense,” he said.

Mr. Ruia said that the show by Mr. Rajan is a tribute to the vision and artistic dexterity of the artists from Kerala who have made a mark for themselves in the national and international scene. “The gallery endeavours to platform the work of the finest Indian contemporary artists,” he said.

Resonance is Mr. Rajan’s solo exhibition after a long gap of 20 years. It includes sculptures completed during the last three years. The artist said that his works are minimal in character.

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