Transforming Worlds: Change and Tradition in Contemporary India
Celebrating the unique artistic traditions developed by diverse indigenous and regional communities across India, Transforming Worlds: Change and Tradition in Contemporary India explores the ways artists and creatives are using these visual languages to respond to India’s rapidly changing social and physical environments.
Drawn entirely from the NGV Collection, the exhibition showcases an important new collecting focus resulting in more than sixty recent acquisitions that have never-before been displayed. The presentation features dynamic and thought-provoking works by established and emerging artists from distinct communities across India, including the Gond and Warli painters of central India; the Suthar, Jogi, Santal and Madhubani artists of northern India; and the Kalighat and Chitrakar painters of eastern India. Many featured artists share long intergenerational lineages with artist families and communities central to the development of Indian vernacular movements and styles that have gained international recognition in recent years.