East-West fusion in France

Three art exhibitions will be organised in France this summer to promote modern art from the country, including works by artist Ganesh Pyne and designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee.  

In an effort to present a holistic view of art in India from the point where Rabindranath Tagore left off, Akar Prakar gallery, in collaboration with the government, is organising three art exhibitions in France this summer to promote modern art from the country.

The shows have taken inspiration from “The Last Harvest: Paintings of Rabindranath Tagore”, an exhibition that travelled around the world to showcase works by contemporary artists from East India.

The gallery, after holding discussions with art curators, critics and Parisian audiences, felt although many exhibitions have showcased modern contemporary art and craft traditions in India, there was definitely a missing link between traditional arts, Tagore and contemporary art practices.

Reena Lath of Akar Prakar says her gallery is striving to present a picture of what happened in the arts in the eastern region of the country, particularly Bengal, which is Tagore’s land and boasts of the largest Indian art school set up by Tagore himself at Santiniketan as a point of departure.

Planned during the peak tourist season in France and with the Cannes Film Festival taking place in the south of France around the same time, the exhibitions hope to reach out to a large international audience.

The first show is by eight Bengal masters, to be held between May 18 and July 19 at Musée des Arts asiatiques in Nice.

It will include works by Paritosh Sen, Somnath Hore, Meera Mukherjee, Sarbari Roy Choudhury, Sanat Kar, Ganesh Haloi, Ganesh Pyne and Jogen Chowdhury, who took off from where Tagore left, by incorporating elements not only from the past, but also from the visual artists of the West.

The second show, titled “Continuing Traditions” at Musée de la Toile de Jouy in Versailles between May 5 and July 15, will focus on contemporary Indian artists and designers who have drawn inspiration from the rich textile tradition of India. The likes of Anju Dodiya, Jayashree Chakravarty, Aditya Basak, G.R. Iranna, Paula Sengupta, Archana Hande, Sabyasachi Mukherjee, Shrabani Roy and Surajit Sarkar are part of the show.

Speaking about the show, Sabyasachi said India has untold tales of spectacular tradition and that he believes the world is very eager to hear, imbibe and learn from them.

The third show, titled “Metamorphosis” that is on till May 23 at Galerie Baudoin Lebon in Paris, is showcasing recent work by Debanjan Roy which is representative of the changing times and thought processes in the eastern region of the country. His works mirror creations of objects, which are abandoned by today’s world but were once considered most useful.

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