A. Balasubramanyan, A. Ramachandran, Adeela Suleman, Akbar Padamsee, Anish Kapoor, Anju Dodiya, Arpita Singh, Ashim Purakayastha, Atul Bhalla, Atul Dodiya, Bharti Kher, Bhupen Khakhar, Bikash Bhattacharjee, F.N. Souza, G.R. Iranna, Ganesh Pyne, Gulammohammed Sheikh, Himmat Shah, Jamini Roy, Jitish Kallat, Jogen Chowdhury, K.G. Subramanyan, K.H. Ara, Krishen Khanna, M.F. Husain, Manjit Bawa, Manjunath Kamath, Meera Mukherjee, Mrinalini Mukherjee, N.S. Harsha, Nalini Malani, Nilima Sheikh, Pooja Iranna, Ram Kumar, Rameshwar Broota, Ramkinkar Baij, Ranjani Shettar, Raqib Shaw, Ravinder Reddy, S.H. Raza, Sovan Kumar, Subodh Gupta, Sudarshan Shetty, Sudhir Patwardhan, Surekha, Surendran Nair, Tyeb Mehta. V.S. Gaitonde, Vishal K. Dar, Vivek Vilasini
KNMA inaugurates its second museum space in Saket, New Delhi with the exhibition 'Time Unfolded'. This exhibition highlights historically marked moments and trajectories of Indian Modern and Contemporary art practice. It showcases artworks of fifty artists, manifesting their ruminations and reflections on the multiple passages of time, sifting through the fluid and slippery boundaries of the past and the future while encountering the present. The display in each of the galleries is based on a theme or a historical narrative, located within the seamless field of the modern and contemporary.
The exhibition opens with a sharp juxtaposition of contemporary Indian artist Bharti Kher’s life-size fiberglass sculpture of an elephant Skin Speaks a language Not its Own and the modern master V. S. Gaitonde’s abstract painting. The first section titled ‘Engaging the Local’ focuses on the regional category ‘Bengal’ as the center of cultural fermentation and Modernism in pre-independence Indian art. Based on the evolving modernist language for the new nation, the second section ‘Defining the Modern’– Bombay Progressives includes works of the extended Progressive Artists’ Group highlighting the growing drive towards abstraction. The third thematic titled ‘The Body: Corporeal to Ethereal’ deals with the body as the bearer of personal, social and political inscriptions. The next section ‘Perspectives on the Diaspora’ presents works of two Indian diaspora artists, Raqib Shaw and Anish Kapoor, voicing their global artistic visions. The last thematic ‘Visual Culture and Art’ draws upon the popular imagery that the artist excavates from various sources using popular imagination, traditional myths and Western and Indian art history.