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Homi Bhabha and Modern Indian Art: The Tata Institute Collection

Homi Bhabha and Modern Indian Art: The Tata Institute Collection

A.M. Davierwalla, Breakthrough, 1973, iron. Collection of the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research.

Asia Society India Centre presents a members and invitation-only, exclusive guided tour of Homi Bhabha and Modern Indian Art: The Collection of Tata Institute of Fundamental Research.

Gieve Patel, internationally recognized painter and writer, will join curator Mortimer Chatterjee in leading the tour of the Indian modernist art on view at the National Gallery of Modern Art this Saturday. Patel first gained significant recognition for his paintings in the 1970s. He is also a writer, and is the definitive authority on the work of Bombay-based sculptor A.M. Davierwalla, many of whose works are concentrated in this exhibition.

Come hear Chatterjee and Patel muse and trade views about the art before your eyes. Not only will we have the chance to find out why Chatterjee made the selections on display, but find out why they are central to the early history of Indian art. Have the added special privilege of hearing one artist talk about the works of others, always an absorbing way to learn about art. We encourage you to reply soon to reserve a place at this exclusive, invitation-only event.

RSVP required: [email protected]

This collection, usually off limits to all but the lucky scientists working at the Tata Institute for Fundamental Research, is a treasure trove of painting and sculpture by the foremost artists of Indian Modernism. This handpicked selection of works by M.F. Husain, Krishen Khanna, Ram Kumar, V.S. Gaitonde, and many other well-known artists, presents a rich cross-section of artistic activity from the early decades of this country's history, the foundation which has supported our current contemporary art boom. With commentary by the extremely knowledgeable curator of the exhibition, and one of Mumbai’s celebrated artists, this private tour promises to offer an insider view that does not come along so often.  

Mortimer Chatterjee received his Masters in Indian Art History from the School of African and Oriental Studies, London and thereafter worked both with collectors and auction houses. In 2003 he and his wife, Tara Lal, set up Chatterjee & Lal in an effort to promote young and emerging talent. Since then they have mounted many exhibitions in Mumbai and during 2007 inaugurated their latest gallery in Colaba. In this time Chatterjee & Lal has also been responsible for maintaining the art collection of the Taj Mahal Palace and Tower Hotel, Mumbai. Mortimer and Tara have recently written a book on the legendary art collection of the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research.

Gieve Patel is a painter and writer whose works have been shown in Bombay, Delhi, and other Indian cities, as well as internationally. Currently, an exhibition of his paintings and drawings is on view at Bose Pacia Gallery in New York, open through June 25th. An e-catalogue is available on request from [email protected]  His paintings are represented in important collections including the National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi; the Jehangir Nicholson Collection at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, Mumbai; and the Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts, among others.  Patel has published three books of verse, and has written three plays. He has also written essays on aspects of contemporary Indian art, and is a recipient of a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship, a Rockefeller Fellowship, and a Nirman Foundation Fellowship. He has worked as a medical practitioner in urban and rural India.

Event Details

28 May 2011
11:30am - 1:30pm

National Gallery of Modern Art, Sir Cowasji Jehangir Public Hall, Mahatma Gandhi Road, Fort, Mumbai

Members- and invitation-only.