Manifestations, DAG’s signature exhibition showcasing the very best of modern Indian art, appears this winter in its landmark tenth edition, bringing together seventy-five of India’s best-known and most established modernists. The artworks are grouped by genre into the categories of mythology, landscape, still-life, figurative, narrative and abstract art, and present the mature styles of the participating artists.
The exhibition features prominent Indian modernists, led by former Progressives M. F. Husain, S. H. Raza and S. K. Bakre, participating with works on the themes of the Mahabharata, the Bindu, and a cubist landscape, respectively. They lead to signature-style works by senior artists such as N. S. Bendre, Ramkinkar Baij, Bikash Bhattacharjee, Ganesh Pyne, Satish Gujral, Jeram Patel, K. Laxma Goud, Rabin Mondal and Chittaprosad. The Bengal School is represented by its proponent Abanindranath Tagore and by its practitioner in Rajasthan, Ramgopal Vijaivargiya. The unique branch of modernism that flowered at Santiniketan is featured in this collection with a work on the Buddha by Nandalal Bose, and his two students, Benode Behari Mukherjee and Ramkinkar Baij.
This tenth edition of the exhibition features several highlights, the most prominent of which is a multiple-piece sculpture, The Ramp, by sculptor K. S. Radhakrishnan, featuring a Devi-like central seated figure surrounded by a throng of tiny dancing figures. In a first, all the three Tagores are showcased, with the poet-artist Rabindranath Tagore leading the family with a striking, intense portrait, and his nephews, Abanindranath and brother Gaganendranath featured with early works. Two significant but not so well-known Parsi artists from Bombay, Piloo Pochkhanawalla and A. M. Davierwalla are a special first-time inclusion, while abstractionist Shanti Dave participates with his largest work to date.