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Delhi’s sporting art

A rare amalgamation of art and sport is what the exhibition at Lalit Kala Akademi is all about. Titled ‘Art Celebrate 2010: Sports and the City’, the exhibition has 12 galleries, one private museum and 112 Indian artists on board.

art and culture Updated: Oct 10, 2010 01:22 IST
Aakriti Sawhney

A rare amalgamation of art and sport is what the exhibition at

Lalit Kala Akademi

is all about. Titled ‘Art Celebrate 2010: Sports and the City’, the exhibition has 12 galleries, one private museum and 112 Indian artists on board.



The exhibition is a narrative that talks about Delhi, from its old times to the present. The first floor and the foyer of the gallery have art works on Delhi and its changing face. The second floor however, showcases art works on sports through various media.



“It’s a mix of tradition and modernity and that’s what is the beauty of this show. Some works show old-time sports of India like pole climbing, rope climbing and damru, while some depict the modern ones like swimming, cycling and racing,” says Rupika Chawla, the curator of the show.



While Artist Probir Gupta’s work captures the different moods of workers at the metro station, the work by Sheila Makhijani talks about the high rise building culture in Delhi. Explaining Makhijani’s work, Chawla, says, “It’s a beautiful piece. And it’s displayed in a fashion that it has its shadow falling on the wall. The illusion created shows how the shadows are even higher that than the original buildings.”



Another interesting feature of this exhibition is that it’s not limited to the gallery. The various art works at the gallery have been converted into big hoardings that are on display at various spots around the city like metro stations, one hospital, the planning commission building and the national modern art gallery. “The idea was to get these art works to the public, and what could have been a better way than to display these works at public places? It had to be done very aesthetically so that the beauty and the celebratory feel is not lost.”The exhibition is on till October 15 at the

Lalit Kala Akademi

, 35, Ravindra Bhavan Firoz Shah Road.