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Meghna Paul , Hindustan Times
New Delhi, July 02, 2013
It’s not every day that you get to see art from ten different nations on one platform. And the venture becomes more exciting if it’s done to appreciate each other’s cultural sensibilities. Titled, Merging Metaphors, the exhibition organised by Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) will see 44 artworks on display from countries such as Brunei, India, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and more.

Surprisingly, most of the artworks have a common thread in the form of Buddha. “The familiar theme of Buddha is seen in most of the artworks,” says Sushma K Bahl, curator of the show. She adds, “The idea behind this exhibition is to rediscover Indian history and the cultural ties that we share with participating countries.”

One of the participating artists from India, Pampa Panwar, has interestingly based her work on nature and time in a fine integration of landscape, narrative and abstraction. Her colourful paintings are about the changing cycle of nature, season and time. Making extensive use of collage and text, her work also plays around with the frame that encloses the imagery besides raising some questions about the gap between human perceptions of reality. Another artist from Thailand, Thawul Praman, whose works are interesting, showcases a sun-dappled rock-grain textured Buddha series.

Other participating artists include Seema Kohli, Vivek Vilasini, Pupuk Daru Purnomo, Min Wae Aung, among others.

Catch it live
Art show-Merging Metaphors
On till: July 04
Timing:11 am to 6 pm
Where: Azad Bhawan Art Gallery, IP Estate Near ITO
NEAREST METRO STATION: Indraprastha on the Blue Line