Two new exhibitions to open at KNMA

New Delhi, May 8 (IANS): Two new exhibitions, “Birth of a White Rose” and “Convergence – A Panorama of Photography’s French Connections in India”, will open at the Kiran Nadar Museum of Art (KNMA), Saket, from May 27 to June 30.

“Birth of a White Rose” will pay tribute to the artist-pedagogue Somnath Hore whose practice has traveled the roads of social realism as well as humanist modernism, mentoring generations of students and artists.

At the same time, KNMA will co-present the exhibition ‘Convergence – A Panorama of Photography’s French Connections in India’, curated by Rahaab Allana, with the French Embassy/L’Institut Français in India, the French Institute and the Alkazi Foundation for Arts.

Hore’s show will unveil the nuances of the artist’s creative implementations, revealing 101 years since his birth, through an array of works rendered in the richness of various mediums. He will explore new paths and will appreciate the creative imprints resulting from a philosophy of humanism of the master in memory.

Contemplating the museum’s previous triad of themed exhibitions that mapped the abstract and the non-figurative in the visual arts, this time the exhibits take the opportunity to look at ‘the figural’. Bearing in mind the devastation caused by the pandemic, where the imposed isolations, the losses and the resulting anguish, began to value the beauty of existence and survival, insisting on being attentive to realities not only humans alone, but encompassing all living presences. This prompted the museum to focus on art that masterfully responds to the need to stop and observe life, as humanistic values ​​slip away in the momentum of presumed civilizational progress.

Convergence was produced by intrepid travellers, writers, journalists, photographers and artists. The exhibits will cover the colonial, modern and postcolonial periods of sub-continental history, from the mid-19th century to the 1970s.

It will feature works by notable French photographers over long periods, such as Louis-Théophile Marie Rousselet; a French traveler to India in the 1860s who met India’s first photographer king, Sawai Ram Singh II in Jaipur. Marc Riboud was a famous French photojournalist who worked for Magnum Photos in Paris from 1953 to 1978 and traveled all over Asia in the 1950s with the works of many other modern European masters such as Denis Brihat, Paul Almasy, Edward Miller and Bernard Pierre. Wolf among others.