August 7, 2020
Commemorating the birth anniversary of Abanindranath Tagore on 7 August 2020
Victoria Memorial Hall and DAG Museums present
An Inheritance of Imaginations, an Online Virtual Gallery Exhibition
Exhibition Duration : 7 August to 4 September, 2020
Enchanting worlds of fables, myths and stories come together in ‘The Inheritance of Imaginations,’ an exhibition of the works of three siblings of the Tagore family – Abanindranath Tagore, Gaganendranath Tagore and Sunayani Devi.
At the turn of the twentieth century, artists and educationists in Bengal began to consider viable alternatives to colonial education that would be rooted in syncretic cultural traditions. Abanindranath’s dream of a pan-Asian artistic identity found expression in his delightful retellings of stories from around the world, while Gaganendranath’s eclectic imagination transported viewers to liminal worlds of tales, familiar and unfamiliar. Yet, their art never lacked a lighter touch, as when they satirized through caricatures the mindless mimicking of Western cultures. Sunayani Devi, their sister, sought inspiration in stories and images passed down through generations, describing them in her paintings with languid lines and an ethereal wash. Taken together, their works seem as relevant today as when they were painted. We lose ourselves amid a flurry of colours, otherworldly forms and words, taking heart from the fact that even by breaking conventional rules of learning – none of them received academic training in art – the stories they passed down reoriented our shared legacy of images, identities and imaginations.
Enter the virtual viewing room above to continue to explore the fictions and fables reimagined by Abanindranath Tagore, Gaganendranath Tagore and Sunayani Devi, as they created alternatives to colonial education and imaginations. The exhibition will be live for a month, closing on 4 September 2020, with a talk by Aparna Roy Baliga, from MSU Baroda, on Sunayani Devi and her contemporary women artists.
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