New Delhi art. KNMA presents ‘Visions of interiority: interrogating the male body’

New Delhi art. KNMA presents ‘Visions of interiority: interrogating the male body’
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New Delhi art. KNMA presents ‘Visions of interiority: interrogating the male body’ Rameshwar Broota: A Retrospective (1963-2013). Opens to Public: 14th October – 30th December at KNMA, 145, DLF South Court Mall, Saket, New ​​Delhi- 110017.

New Delhi art. KNMA presents ‘Visions of interiority: interrogating the male body’

Rameshwar Broota, Anatomy of That Old Story, 1970, Oil On Campus

October 9, 2014, New Delhi. Kiran Nadar Museum of Art (KNMA) is pleased to announce the preview of Rameshwar Broota: A Retrospective, curated by Roobina Karode on 13th October 2014 at KNMA, Saket from 6:30 pm onwards. With an artistic career spanned over five decades now, the retrospective at KNMA will showcase the artist’s works spanning from 1963 – 2013 that transformed and marked a seminal development in the evolutionary journey of the artist.

New Delhi art. KNMA presents ‘Visions of interiority: interrogating the male body’

Rameshwar Broota, Traces of Man. Unknown Soldier III, 2000, Oil on canvas

Rameshwar Broota comments on his retrospective:

“I have come to believe that the amount of effort and commitment towards organizing a retrospective with such huge works brought together on loan is an incredible exercise which only a private museum can do and the Kiran Nadar Museum of Art has proved it once again with my retrospective. This is an opportunity for a whole lot of people to see my works as they have seen it only in the few exhibitions that I have done over the last 50 years.”

Highlights of the retrospective include works from various series created by Rameshwar Broota including the Man Series, and theMetamorphosis series. In the Man Series the artist delineates a prototype of a universal man, one who has withstood various trepidations and challenges put forth by time. Often dressed only in a vest, his nakedness is exposed to the viewer, but what is most overbearing is his loneliness and vulnerability. The Metamorphosis series transports the viewer into a primordial landscape where the surface is layered with a dense carpet of flesh and veins, and at other times, a monolithic phallic structure dominates the picture. WithCounterparts, a series executed in 2009, Broota once again altered the formal structure of his compositions. The dark cosmic void encountered in the previous paintings has been replaced by a pristine white background that further enhances the monumentality of the rendered objects.

A number of awards have been bestowed upon the artist, including: ‘Kala Vibhushan’, All India Fine Arts and Crafts Society, New Delhi (1997); LN Gupta Memorial Award (1988); Senior Fellowship of the Government of India (1987, 88); National Award, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi (1980, 81 and 84); Hyderabad Art Society Award for Graphics (1976) and All India Fine Arts and Crafts Society Award, New Delhi (1973, 75).

Born in 1941 in Delhi, Rameshwar Broota’s artistic career, spanning for almost six decades now, has seen the germination of many novel series and a creation of an immensely inspiring and massive gamut of work. After completing his graduation from College of Art in 1954, Broota began his career as an academic portrait painter but soon realized a pull towards a more intellectual language. His initial works were enriched with symbolic imagery, narrating the socio-economic upheaval the country was experiencing in 1960’s which also marked the end of post-independence Nehruvian socialism.

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