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Forgotten Masters: Indian Painting for the East India Company – Lecture at the Wallace Collection

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Venue:

The Wallace Collection, UK

Guest Curator:

William Dalrymple

Forgotten Masters: Indian Painting for the East India Company – Lecture at the Wallace Collection

The Gujral Foundation will present a lecture at the Wallace Collection on 4th December 2019. Renowned writer and historian William Dalrymple will be giving a public lecture to open the exhibition Forgotten Masters: Indian Painting for the East India Company.

William will give an introduction to the masterpieces on show and demonstrate how they combine Indian and European influences to create rich, hybrid works, which reflect the cultural fluidity of this period in India’s history.

He will also use the lecture to introduce some of the artists, who have been historically overlooked – including Shaikh Zain ud-Din, Bhawani Das, Mazhar Ali Khan, Shaikh Latif Shaikh Mohammad Amir of Karriya and Ghulam Ali Khan.

The exhibition will show Indian paintings commissioned by the East India Company officials in the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, offering a rare glimpse of the cultural fusion between British and Indian artistic styles during the period. Guest-curated by William Dalrymple, it will be the first UK exhibition of its kind.

The show will explore the four main centres of Company School Painting: Calcutta and Lucknow, where provincial Mughal painters from Murshidabad, Patna and Faizabad were employed; Madras and Tanjore, where artists from the South Indian traditions received patronage; and Delhi, where Imperial Mughal artists brought Company Painting to a magnificent climax.

These paintings represent one of the great and forgotten moments of Indian Art, the result of a fruitful private patronage of individual British enthusiasts during a period of cultural exchange. It was the last great moment of Mughal painting.

InCEPT

By Current Shows
Venue:

CEPT University, Ahmedabad

InCEPT

Gujral Foundation | CEPT University, Ahmedabad

This year, the Gujral Foundation collaborates with CEPT University by committing to five years of programming including three main events led by the Foundation. Our vision is to provide a platform that enables innovation and encourages cutting edge experimental practices within the field. We are delighted to collaborate with the University and look forward to presenting many exciting programmes over the next few years.

First, there will be the CEPT Gujral Foundation Excellence Award, a cash award of rupees one lakh each, awarded to six students annually for studio excellence. The jury panel for 2019’s award consisted of eminent industry leaders: Bobby Desai (architect and chair of the jury panel); Walter de Souza (artist); Archana Shah (textile designer and entrepreneur) and Dinesh Sharma (product designer). The first 3 awardees were announced in the beginning of August 2019.

In September, the foundation inaugurated the first of several installations and workshops by leading contemporary artists and architects at the CEPT University campus.The artworks presented this semester by contemporary artist Ayesha Singh and reD architects were interactive and questioned and generated dialogue on campus around art and architecture, specifically public spaces, the notions of time, space, history and identity.

Lastly, the Foundation will host an exciting programme on the university’s annual Summer Winter School Programmes, inviting renowned guest faculty from India and around the world. This year, Suchi Reddy, New York based architect and founding principal of Reddymade will design and lead “Feeling for the future: Sensory Architecture” a course for advanced students and professionals that will examine architecture viewed through a sensory lens as defined in our personal spaces, communal arrangements, landscapes and urban environments from the historical to the present. For more details please visit:
https://sws.cept.ac.in/course-detail/feeling-for-the-future-sensory-architecture W19FA007

Property of a Gentleman | Stamps from the Nizam of Hyderabad’s Dominions

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Venue:

Bikaner House, New Delhi

Property of a Gentleman: Stamps from the Nizam of Hyderabad’s Dominions

9-24 March | 11am-6:30pm | Bikaner House

The Ewari family collection began with the legacy of Nawab Iqbal Hussain Khan, the Post Master General in the government of the 7th Nizam of Hyderabad, Mir Osman Ali Khan. The collection today consists of more than 3 million postage stamps and a rich holding of philatelic ephemera. It includes rare stamps from across the former Indian Princely States and around the world such as the Penny Black, the world’s first stamp which was issued in 1840. ‘Property of a Gentleman’ presented an excerpt from the original collection that reflected its personal connection to Hyderabad. The exhibition explored aspects of the erstwhile state’s cultural diversity and material heritage in a rapidly changing world.

October School | Oct 2018

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Artists:

Students from: Chinese University (CUHK), Hong Kong | Baptist University (BU), Hong Kong | University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), Johannesburg |Johannesburg University (JU), Johannesburg | Mexico City, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) | Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK), Zurich

Co-Curators:

Sharmila Samant and Tushar Joag

Guest University:

Akita University, Japan

Venue:

24, Jor Bagh, New Delhi

October School | Oct 2018

The October School was conducted by a network of international universities and was hosted by the Shiv Nadar University in New Delhi. At 24, Jor Bagh, The Gujral Foundation hosted a cross cultural exchange on public art and collaborative practices. Participants included over 35 students, researchers and academics from international institutions, as well as independent artists.

The Emporium at the Edge of Certainty

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Artist:

Crow

Venue:

Okhla, New Delhi

The Emporium at the edge of certainty

Out at the edge of certainty lies an emporium where all manner of wares are bought and sold. Acquire an exquisite headache, bring back a forgotten word, bargain for a lost fragment of time. You might even walk away with a brand-new life.

Crow invited the visitors into the world of the Emporium, where the stories wait at every turn, the goods come in all shapes and forms, and what they came away with depended on the choices they made – and what they were willing to part with in exchange. The Emporium at the Edge of Certainty was part of the collateral events programming of India Art Fair 2018

Launch: PIX – The Student’s Issue

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Launch: PIX – The Student’s Issue

After a call for submissions organized by PIX on the theme “Student practices: experimentation”, a special publication of the quarterly launched on 17th February 2018, with reflection on how arts and photography departments of universities and schools are charting new approaches to the medium made through exploratory works being produced by students.

This special edition, supported by Bonjour India and launched in collaboration with the Gujral Foundation, included young photographers’ works, some very insightful and knowledgeable interviews with eminent personalities in the world of art and photography (Riyas Komus, Dayanita Singh, Shahidul Alam and Sabeena Gadihoke).

The issue brought to light, recent educational developments and gave due credit to the works today’s young photographers.

Venue:

Institut français India, New Delhi

Mutations

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Artists:

Anouck Durand | Anshika Varma | Asmita Parelkar | Baptiste Rabichon | Charles Fréger | Dhruv Malhotra | François Burgun | Indu Antony | Laetitia D’Aboville | Marion Gronier | Philippe Pétremant | Sohrab Hura | Sukanya Ghosh | Thierry Fontaine | Vibha Galhotra | Yannick Cormier

Co-Curators:

Rahab Allana & Francois Cheval

Venue:

24 Jor Bagh, New Delhi

Mutations

Photography and image-making explore multitudes, borne of artistic, social and political impulses. Instinctive and evolving, it is a media through which spectatorship also takes precedence – invoking the self, yet concurrently urging comparative readings around location and situatedness.

The French and Indian artists here contemplated their respective environments, while some reacted to the site of the exhibition itself, probing public and private zones as contradicting and converging realms of encounter – playful, menacing and yet, in perennial conversation. Engaged with the process of creation itself, a conceptual space mutated into a physical one.

Scenography by Sudeep Chaudhari

Presented by Institut français en Inde and The Gujral Foundation
Supported by Alkazi Foundation for the Arts

Puresuit

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Artist:

Deepak Singh Kathait

Venue:

125 MCM, New Delhi

Pur[e]suit

The Gujral Foundation was pleased to present PUR[E]SUIT, an exhibition of photoworks
by Deepak Singh Kathait from 23rd – 30th November 2017. In this series of photo works, Deepak Singh Kathait captured the ritual of purification enacted by millions of believers each year on the banks of the river Ganges. Taking a leap beyond prevalent touristic photography, Deepak complicated the gaze of the viewer by removing context and identification markers. In the final artworks, one encountered the multitudinousness of the river bathing site through the process of repetition, creating an alternate manufactured context akin to the one we see in supermarkets and departmental stores.

Acts of purification have manifestations in all forms of life from river rituals, to Catholic confessional booths, to one-click online petitions delivering us from capitalistic guilt. Through his journeys to Rishikesh and the creation of this body of work, the artist challenged the idea of these easily available means of purification. How do these rituals, through which society repeatedly placates conscience, play into systemic cycles of greed and consumerism?

The series of work also reopened questions of purity in art, here in the canon of photography. How does one constitute the purity of the photographic image in the time of advanced technological interventions, and is there a need to do so? With the proliferation of the mobile phone camera, photography becomes a tool for voyeurism, surveillance and citizen reportage. Deepak through this work pointed towards new tools to look at the body, identity and the pure in photographic work.

Deepak Singh Kathait is an artist and poet from the Garhwal Himalayan region of Uttaranchal. He studied Fine Arts at College of Art, New Delhi in 2010 & was the recipient of the the academic excellence award. His fine art based images have gotten honourable mentions at the International Photography Awards (IPA) in 2011 and 2016. In 2014, Deepak received a scholarship in Visual Art for outstanding young persons in the fields of Art & Culture from Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India. Deepak has exhibited at India Habitat Centre (2013), Gallery Romain Rolland, Alliance Frances (2011) and Lalit Kala Academy (2010).

KYTA

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Artists:

Sound.codes | Gerory Chapuisat | Simon Wunderlich | Mirjam Spoolder | Jaehong Jo | Soelae Lee | Ikkyun Shin | Hyejin Shin | Rashi Jain | Shailesh Br | Akash Sharma | Snehal Thomas | Abhinav Mishra | Atia Sen

Co-Curator:

Shazeeb S

Venue:

125 MCM, New Delhi

KYTA

KYTA is a unique residency set in the Himalayan village of Kalga – “An oasis of expression at the top of the world”. The residency aims to pin Kalga on the global map as one of the choicest places in the world to imagine, produce and experience art. The 2017 edition brought together 17 artists from Switzerland, South Korea and India with a diverse composition of multiple practices within the core resident artist group – ranging across experimental architecture, new media, sound, land art, fashion, dance, theatre, installation, music, street art, painting, writing and material research. The focus continued to be on the give and take of cultural and skill-based knowledge between the artists forming multiple works with multiple owners.

Curator Shazeb S. and the artists of the residency joined us at Studio G-Spot on 16th October to share their experiences building art and community outside of metropolitan city spaces. The discussion included the insights of engagement with a non-urban space and the efforts made to create a sustainable model for this project.

Mind-scape

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Artists:

Ayesha Singh & Akshat Dhawan

Co-Curators:

AGENC & The Creative Community

Music Partner:

Madhav Shorey

Venue:

125 MCM, New Delhi

Mind-scape

“Mind-scape” was a pop-up interactive illusory exhibit at G-Spot with artists Ayesha Singh and Akshat Dhawan in association with The Gujral Foundation, curated by AGENC and The Creative Community and music partner Madhav Shorey.

The intention was to combine the worlds of sound, art and technology, to teleport the visitors into their most vivid dream and give them a one-of-a-kind introspective adventure.

Yes, technology has consumed our daily lives and distanced us from each other. However, Mind-scape hoped to use technology to help connect with our intuition, dreams and perhaps, break the barriers of interaction within a physical space.

We were immsensely pleased to invite visitors to experience our first edition of Mind-scape. A chance to take control, fill in the blanks & dream in a conscious state.