Modern and Contemporary Art from India

Künstler: Dhruvi Acharya, Jitish Kallat, Anish Kapoor, Rina Banerjee, Suhasini Kejriwal, Manjit Bawa, Alexis Kersey, Krishen Khanna, Jamini Roy, Anju Dodiya, Bari Kumar, Ram Kumar, Sheila Makhijani, Valay Shende, Vibha Galhotra, Tyeb Mehta, Anjum Singh, Chitra Ganesh, Francis Newton Souza, Zarina Hashmi, Kaz Rahman, Vinod Balak, Sayed Haider Raza, K.P. Reji, Rekha Rodwittiya, Ashutosh Bhardwaj, Jehangir Sabavala, Anju & Atul Dodiya, Nilima Sheikh, Vasudeo S. Gaitonde, Surendran Nair, K.G. Subramanyan, Madhvi Parekh, G.R. Iranna, Ganesh Pyne, Chintan Upadhyay
Ausstellung: 25.02.2011 - 04.09.2011
Veranstalter: San Jose Museum of Art
San Jose Museum of Art bei art-report
Stadt: San Jose
Homepage: San Jose Museum of Art


The tree of life described in this verse from The Bhagavad-Gita, an important classic of world literature, turns the world upside down. “Roots in the Air, Branches Below” becomes a metaphor for the timeless source of life — for the interconnectedness of the universe, of life and death, of past and present. This sensibility echoes through many of the artworks in this exhibition. Here, metaphysical and earth-bound realties intertwine; form is often in flux. The artists look simultaneously inward and outward. They find inspiration in the natural world as well as in India’s multifaceted cultural heritage of Hindu and Buddhist belief systems, ancient literature, political history, ancestral folk traditions, and popular culture. They picture a rich and hybrid realm.

Roots in the Air, Branches Below is an important survey of modern and contemporary Indian art rarely seen on the West Coast. The dramatic economic and social transformation of India since 1947, when it gained independence from British rule, laid the groundwork for newly expansive activity in the visual Art. The artists represented in this exhibition bring together their penchant for artistic innovation and participation in the international art world with the spiritual roots of India’s civilization. The second presentation in the Museum’s “Bay Area Collects” series, Roots in the Air, Branches Below is drawn entirely from private collections in the San Francisco Bay Area. The exhibition showcases paintings by renowned modernists such as Maqbool Fida Husain , Tyeb Mehta , Francis Newton Souza , and Sayed Haider Raza alongside the latest creations of a young generation of rising talents, such as Rina Banerjee , Jitish Kallat , and Bari Kumar . This exhibition illuminates a pivotal and exuberant phase of India’s artistic identity. 


KünstlerInnen: Dhruvi Acharya , , Jitish Kallat , Kaz Rahman , Vinod Balak , Anish Kapoor , Sayed Haider Raza , Rina Banerjee , Suhasini Kejriwal , K.P. Reji Manjit Bawa , Alexis Kersey , Rekha Rodwittiya , Ashutosh Bhardwaj , Krishen Khanna   ,  Jamini Roy , Anju Dodiya , Bari Kumar   ,  Jehangir Sabavala , Anju & Atul Dodiya , Ram Kumar , Nilima Sheikh , Vasudeo S. Gaitonde , Sheila Makhijani , Valay Shende , Vibha Galhotra , Tyeb Mehta , Anjum Singh , Chitra Ganesh , Surendran Nair , Francis Newton Souza , Zarina Hashmi , K.G. Subramanyan , Maqbool Fida Husain , Madhvi Parekh , Jagdish Swaminathan , G.R. Iranna , Ganesh Pyne , Chintan Upadhyay




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