Critical Mass: Contemporary Indian Art reaches Israel

Sneha Sikand of Saffronart on the first major Contemporary Indian Art exhibit in Israel

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Herta and Paul Amir Building, Tel Aviv Museum of Art

Tel Aviv: The Museum of Modern Art is hosting what can be considered Israel’s first ever showcase of the contemporary art scene in India. Critical Mass (on view till December 16, 2012) features works by Ravi Agarwal, Atul Bhalla, Sakshi Gupta, Shilpa Gupta, Subodh Gupta, Ranbir Kaleka, Rashmi Kaleka, Jitish Kallat, Bharti Kher, Riyas Komu, Raqs Media Collective, T. V. Santhosh, Gigi Scaria, Shanthamani Muddaiah, Sudarshan Shetty, L. N. Tallur and Lochan Upadhyay. From painting, photography and sculpture to video installations, visitors will get a chance to see the various mediums Indian artists are experimenting with.

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Sweatopia 1 by Jitish Kallat

The show aims at reflecting the chaotic visual landscape of India, the conflict between old traditions and global influences and repetitive stereotypes that continue to exist in social structures. The exhibit is being looked at with a great deal of importance as it has brought together two countries that share similar histories. Art in both countries has often been used as a tool to comment on social issues.

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Make up (As You Go Along) by Bharti Kher

The exhibit has been curated by Tami Katz-Freiman and Rotem Ruff. Katz-Freiman is an art historian and critic. She previously held the position of Chief Curator at the Haifa Museum of Art (2005 – 2010). Ruff is currently curator at the Haifa Museum of Art. More details about the exhibit can be found in the press release published by the Embassy of Israel, New Delhi, and on the museum website.

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