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June 23, 2024
Art & Culture

Exhibition – Mythologies, Revisiting Indian Myths through Time

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AMAR NATH SEHGAL’S  

          Mythologies 

( Paintings, serigraphs, sculpture )

CURATOR UMA NAIR 

Mythologies at IIC Art Gallery is an exhibition that succeeds in Revisiting Indian myths through time with a series of works on the Ramayan, Mahabharata and a set of serigraphs and a single Ganesha Sculpture.This exhibition is in veneration of his 100 year celebration.

Curator Uma Nair who has followed his work for more than 3 decades says he is amongst India’s greatest sculptors. ” Centurion Amarnath Sehgal, the polymath who dabbled in drawings, paintings, sculptures, and woodcuts. The maestro who created and wrote poetry every day, as he celebrated the beauty of life and the living. Sehgal lived for many years in Luxembourg and picked up the versatile grammar of the European moderns but hinged onto Indianesque contours so that his vocabulary was a fine balance of Indian myth, bathed in the contemporary character of lithe contours, belonging to modernism.

Mahabharta

This suite of works is a tribute to his love for Indian mythology, to his elephantine eagerness in translating tales as old as history, events older than tradition, and stories that never grow old. But Sehgal was not religious by any yardstick; he was deeply spiritual, the Ganesha was his little mascot for everyday idioms, the stories of the epic Ramayana and Mahabharata unraveled like abstracted tales that revisited making everyday.”

As an artist, Sehgal believed that the simplicity of drawing allowed his audiences to examine his work without having to do much interpretation. His paintings and serigraphs in this suite of works is easily accessible material;  it reflects his knack for revisiting the famous characters of the Ramayana and Mahabharata across time.

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The show opens on 17th March 2023 and runs till 31st March . There will be a curatorial walk for specially invited guests on 24th March at 5.00pm in the evening. A special catalogue will be launched on 17th March 2023.

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