‘Abhivyakti’ brings paintings of legendary artists to Bhubaneswar; show on till May 7

At least 36 paintings, considered the best across the vast spectrum of modern Indian art - are part of the exhibition, organised by the museum in collaboration with city-based ArtistMindz.
People going round the exhibition at State Museum
People going round the exhibition at State Museum

BHUBANESWAR: Be it MF Husain’s ‘Ganesha’, Sayed Haider Raza’s ‘Bindu’ or Samarendra Nath Ghosh’s ‘Rabindranath Tagore’ he had drawn back in 1934, members of Odisha’s art fraternity as well as the general public can see works of some of the legends of Indian art at the state museum in the city.

The paintings are being showcased as part of ‘Abhivyakti: Vignettes of the Indian Art’ exhibition, inaugurated by chief secretary Pradeep Jena on April 28. At least 36 paintings, considered the best across the vast spectrum of modern Indian art - are part of the exhibition, organised by the museum in collaboration with city-based ArtistMindz.

‘Carrom Boards’, a painting done with oil on canvas in 1981 by veteran artist Bhupen Khakhar is a part of the exhibition. The painting, a blend of both Indian and European traditions, shows three men playing carrom under the yellow light of a bulb in the backdrop of an evening market crowd - a sight that an observer can often locate within his or her world. Khakhar was known for his artistic observations of everyday life.

Similarly, an untitled work of FN Souza - another master of Indian art - is part of the exhibition. Souza’s art works are often considered an eclectic blend of many styles including African tribal art, European modernism and Indian temple sculptures. Apart from ‘Rabindranath Tagore’, another work of Samarendra ‘Homemakers of a Bengal Village’ is on display showcasing women engaged in household chores. His paintings are popular for evoking nostalgia of rural Bengal.

Another untitled work on people heading to work in a rural landscape is by NS Bendre, who is celebrated for his contribution to modern Indian art. Bendra was known for his landscapes, portraitures and depictions of everyday life and experiences.

Some of the other artists whose work are on display are Ganesh Haloi, Hemen Majumdar, Jamini Roy, Jaya Jena, Jogen Chowdhary, Nasreen Mohamedi, Ramananda Bandyopadhyay, Sailoz Mookherjea, and Sayed Haider Raza.

Arun Kumar Bera of ArtistMindz said the exhibition is aimed at providing an opportunity to the common man to get a feel of some of the greatest Indian art pieces by celebrated artists. Many of the works are rare and have been auctioned for crores in different parts of the country and abroad, he added. Curated by art curator Jyoti A Kathpalia, the exhibition will continue till May 7.

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