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Future Collective

By Current Shows
Venue:

Bikaner House, New Delhi

Future Collective

We were delighted to support Future Collective which was held at Bikaner House, New Delhi on 29 Feb & 1 March 2020 from 11am to 10pm. Future Collective is a fair that focused on sustainability and innovation and brought together the pioneers of sustainable design under one roof.

The idea of Future Collective is to shape our culture in an informed, ethical and responsible way. Future Collective brought together like-minded artists, designers, brands and individuals to shape a new “conscious-culture. The founding team of Vidyun Singh, Asha Kochhar, and Roma Narsinghani have worked in the fields of fashion and culture for over 30 years.

Future Collective brought forth an eco-conscious contemporary experience from some of the finest creative minds who are designing the future. The fair showcased some of the leading sustainable fashion brands & designers including Abraham and Thakore, Nicobar, Nimai, Péro, Ka-Sha, and 11.11 who displayed their exhibitions crafted especially for the fair.

Visitors had fun experiences in the realms of Architecture, Art, Fashion, Furniture, Solar energy, Sari Swaps, Food, Films, Recycling, Electric vehicles and waste management. The fair also had workshops, conversations, panel discussions which will revolve around topics such as circular fashion, inclusivity and textile technology; as well as soulful music performances by contemporary indie artists.

For more information on Future Collective, please visit:
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/futurecollectiveindia/
Website: https://futurecollective.in/

Amma: Memories of my Grandmother

By Current Shows
Venue:

24 Jor Bagh, New Delhi

Performer:

Revanta Sarabhai

Amma: Memories of my Grandmother

Coming in September 2020

The Gujral Foundation is pleased to present a site-specific contemporary dance and theatre performance titled Amma: Memories of my Grandmother by dancer and choreographer Revanta Sarabhai at 24 Jor Bagh, New Delhi.

Amma: Memories of My Grandmother is a grandson’s ode to a grandmother. In this audio-visual production, Revanta captures fragments of his memories of his grandmother, the world renowned Mrinalini Sarabhai (1918-2016), demystifying the pioneering figure to reveal the woman behind the legend.

For the world, Mrinalini Sarabhai was a path breaking dancer-choreographer, author, cultural diplomat and one of the pioneers who brought Bharatanatyam from inside the temples and onto the world stage, redefining culture and beauty. Yet, behind the extraordinary legend is the ordinary human who secretly shared tea with her grandchildren, animatedly read them fairy tales, had a collection of umbrellas to match each of her sarees and had a Mary Poppins like handbag that contained anything one would ever need.

Visitors can look forward to Revanta transforming 24 Jor Bagh into a ‘cabinet of curiosities’ that piece together—through live dance, video, collections of objects and soundscapes—his memories of growing up with the woman that was universally known as ‘Amma’. Walking through the rooms of the house, the audience will discover quirky and rather unknown aspects of her, through his eyes.

Revanta is a dancer, choreographer and actor forming the third generation of the legendary dance family after Mrinalini Sarabhai and Mallika Sarabhai. With strong foundations in Bharatanatyam and Kalaripayattu, and years of experience working with contemporary dance, as a choreographer, Revanta has developed a movement vocabulary that brings together the expressiveness and geometry of Indian classical forms, with the dynamic energy and fluidity of other styles. Rooted in traditional dance and performance forms, he strives to create cutting-edge work that is immersive and responsive to the society and times we live in. Revanta’s work has been showcased at numerous prestigious venues and festivals across the world.

The Song of the Earth and the Sky

By Current Shows
Venue:

Sunder Nursery, New Delhi

Artist:

Ankon Mitra

Curatorial Advisor:

Reha Sodhi

The Song of the Earth and the Sky

The Gujral Foundation in association with Outset India is pleased to present an iconic public art project – a pleated pavilion titled The Song of the Earth and the Sky at the Sunder Nursery, New Delhi designed by the architect and artist Ankon Mitra.

In the rediscovered garden of Sunder Nursery, renewed and revitalised from history and brought into the present; Mitra seeks to create an Ensō diagram, where copper of the Earth and silver of the sky meet and embrace in a meditative bliss. Architecture of the past lies strewn everywhere in the garden, lending us to a gem of geometry – a beautiful pointed arch. In the pavilion, Mitra has multiplied the arch nine times to symbolise the nine realms. The Zen garden represents yin and yang, wind and water – two elements that connect the Earth and the sky. The multitudes of folds in origami create a single pleated song. In that moment of rhapsody, the physical garden dematerialises and like all spiritual energies, becomes the universe.

Ankon is an architect, landscape designer and pioneer of Origami in India. He is Director at Hexagramm Design based in New Delhi. His studio has taken the art and craft of Origami to materials well beyond paper. Ankon was the recipient of the All-India Gold Medal for Sculpture in 2018 from the Prafulla Dahanukar Foundation. The artist has had exhibitions in India, Italy, France, U.K, U.S. and China, most recently the Shanghai Paper Art Biennale in 2019. With ‘Oritecture’, Mitra shares a unique vision of a universe made and unmade from acts of folding.

Curatorial Advisor: Reha Sodhi

The pavilion will be open to the public for viewing from February 5 – April 26, 2020.

Memory’s Cut: Its Deep Embrace

By Explore
Venue:

24 Jor Bagh, New Delhi

Artist:

Remen Chopra W. Van Der Vaart

Curatorial Advisor:

Reha Sodhi

Memory’s Cut: Its Deep Embrace

The Gujral Foundation in association with Outset India were pleased to present multi-disciplinary artist Remen Chopra W. Van Der Vaart’s solo exhibition ‘Memory’s Cut:Its Deep Embrace’ at 24 Jor Bagh, New Delhi. The exhibition was a highlight of the VIP programme of the India Art Fair 2020 and featured new works by the artist.

In this exhibition, the artist transformed 24 Jor Bagh into a series of personal spaces that encapsulated her memories of home. She used varied media such as photography, drawing, sculpture, textiles and sound, to reflect upon personal and familial histories of migration. Her work is a unique assemblage of intimate moments, poetry and personal objects that were passed on from one generation to the other. Remen is inspired by architecture and constructs complex monochromatic, performance-based montages that are significantly drawn from the aesthetics of theatre. She meticulously layers photographs and drawings on translucent sheets of gateway or mulmul, that capture a fleeting moment in time. The figures are staged and sometimes in transition, evoking a sense of mystery as well as nostalgia.

Remen’s work bridges the past, present and future, where time is seen as a continuous loop of events. The exhibition was a poignant chronicle of her life that intertwined personal archives, notions of home and memory.

Born in 1980 in New Delhi, Remen Chopra W. Van Der Vaart received her BFA and MFA in painting from the College of Art, New Delhi. She studied art history and Italian at the Universita’ per Stranieri, Siena and continued her visual art studies at the School of Visual Arts, New York. Her works have been exhibited at museums and institutions such as the Essl Museum, Vienna, Casa Masaccio, Italy, Westerhuis Amsterdam amongst others. In 2017, her sculptural installation titled ‘I see a mountain from my window’ was featured at the Kochi-Muziris Biennale curated by Sudarshan Shetty. The artist currently lives and works in Mumbai.

Curatorial Advisor: Reha Sodhi

The exhibition was on view from 31st January to 24th February 2020 from 11:00am-7:00pm (closed on Mondays and national holidays)

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

By international
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 presented a lecture at the Wallace Collection on 4th December 2019. Renowned writer and historian William Dalrymple gave a public lecture to open the exhibition Forgotten Masters: Indian Painting for the East India Company.

William gave an introduction to the masterpieces on show and demonstrated 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 also used 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 showcased 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 was the first UK exhibition of its kind.

The show explored 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 Explore
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

By Explore
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

By Explore
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

By Explore
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

By Explore

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