The Mori Art Museum is pleased to present it’s 5th anniversary exhibition, “Chalo! India: A New Era of Indian Art,” bringing together 27 artists / artist groups from cities throughout India such as Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Vadodara. Contemporary art in India has been the focus of much international attention, and this exhibition examines all of its latest movements, including in painting, sculpture, photography, and installations.
“Chalo!” means “Let’s go!” in Hindi. The exhibition invites viewers to journey through the latest trends in India’s art, constituting an unprecedented opportunity to gauge Indian society as it is today and to think about its future.
After the country gained independence in 1947, India’s art exhibited an aesthetic influenced predominantly by Western modernism and a homegrown form of expression linked with the process of building a national identity. However, over the last 60 years the nation’s art has gradually come to tackle potentially controversial topics - such as sexuality - and also to incorporate political and critical ideas. From the 1990s, developments such as globalization, the expansion of the art market, and the emergence of a younger generation of artists have realized adverse and dynamic art scene of the likes never before seen in the country.
“Chalo! India” examines the way that the Indian artists use their keen insights and increasingly free spirits to question the reality and age in which they live, taking their themes from familiar objects and ideas in daily life and society - often as though to transform them into a theater of life. The exhibition introduces over 100 works, predominantly new or recent, and features pop and colorful paintings filled with an urban awareness. There are also interactive works of media art, drawing on state-of-the-art technology that befits an IT giant, as well as sociological research projects using data and information about contemporary India, which can be described as a “thinking architecture.” Divided into five sections; “Prologue: To journeys,” “Creation and Destruction: Urban Landscape,” Reflections: In-between Two Extremities,” “Fertile Chaos,” “Epilogue: Individuality and Collectivity / Memory Future,” viewers experience extensive diversity of the works, and are drawn into a consideration of the many different facets making up contemporary Indian society, including its urbanization and new lifestyles, its dreams, its disparities and its contradictions, all of which are highlighted as the backdrops of these art works
“Chalo! India: A New Era of Indian Art,” is one of the largest exhibitions of Indian contemporary art ever held in Japan. It provides an opportunity to experience avant-garde artistic expressions that are not yet commonly known outside of the country. In the past, discourse on India has tended to center around its history dating back to time immemorial, its Gods and devotion, its musical Bollywood movies, and its newly - discovered economic promise. These ideas are no longer sufficient to fully explain the complex and dynamic present-day India. Come face-to-face with the real and new energy of India. Chalo! India.
Chalo! India: A New Era in Indian Art
November 22nd 2008 – March 15th 2009
Mori Art Museum
53F Roppongi Hills Mori Tower
6-10-1 Roppongi Minatoku
Tokyo 106-6150 Japan
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