Showcasing India’s rich and historic tradition, the Piramal Museum of Art presents five curated displays that highlight the varied impulse and manifestation of the artistic spirit in India. The exhibits feature objects from the last two or three centuries until the present and take you through a kaleidoscopic landscape of form, material and expression. The objects are not only culled from varied regions but also indicate the transition within the world of the artist. From objects made by anonymous makers who worked collectively, the exhibit moves towards works created by artists who create with a distinct sense of individuality. Beauty, sensuality, religious fervour or the desire to understand the world, inform these art works and demonstrate the diversity of Indian art both then and now.
This Exhibition has a theme starting from 18th Century to Contemporary Art. The themes include:
Women and Beauty in India- Indian women are known for their love of ornamentation and had a wide range of cosmetics that enhanced their beauty. Seen here, one can take a look at the traditional old beauty essentials that women dearly possessed and practiced as a ritual. From Incense & Kajal containers, hair detanglers & combs, jewellery chests, foot scrubbers to mirrors these artifacts feature items that mark feminine beauty in India
Tanjore Paintings- Tanjore paintings are iconic in nature and present the deity centrally while being surrounded by attendants or consorts who are often depicted in smaller scale. Elements such as the colour of the figure and the background as well as architectural features help ascertain the period when the painting was executed. These paintings feature Lord Krishna and his consorts to Kings and their courtly patrons.
Art from Bengal School- Bengal has always had a rich tradition of art and culture. During the pre-Independence era, it was from here that a new way of thinking was spearheaded. Works of artist, pedagogue and writer, K.G.Subramanyan who in his art he explored a variety of themes including social subjects, mythologies and personal narratives has been showcased here. Nandalal Bose (1882-1966) who was a student of Abanindranath Tagore and closely associated with Rabindranath Tagore. Showcasing a painting from Chayanika (1909), an illustration for Rabindranath Tagore’s poem ‘Nakal gad’ (“False Fortress”). A self-taught artist Gaganendranath Tagore (1867-1938) was the nephew of Rabindranath Tagore. His paintings are known for their play of dark and light, the result of his experience in photography and in creating stage settings for Rabindranath Tagore’s plays. Seen here is an art work where he uses light and shadow to create a mysterious disorienting space that draws the viewer in.
Modern Masters of India (Progressive Art Group)- Presented here are art works produced by a group of artists who studied at the Government School of Arts and Crafts, Madras.
Contemporary Indian Art- Art has no boundaries of religion, race or gender. Similarly, artistic expression cannot also be contained within narrow boundaries of medium or style. This is especially so in current times where art is made using different kinds of non-traditional materials and technologies.