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A little bit of Picasso in the art of others

world Updated: Mar 05, 2014 01:42 IST
Noopur Tiwari
Pablo Picasso

An exhibition that traces the impact of the artist Pablo Picasso on contemporary international art, opens on Wednesday in Barcelona.

The works of Indian artists Atul Dodiya and MF Husain will also be displayed in this show called “Post-Picasso: Contemporary Reactions” along with the works of 42 major contemporary artists from all around the world.

MF Husain, often called “India’s Picasso”, was deeply influenced by the Spanish master’s “Guernica” (1937) that depicts the horrors of war. One of Husain’s significant works called the “Mahabharata Project, Ganga Jamuna” (Chester and Davida Herwitz Collection) will be on display at the exhibition.

This painting was part of a series of 27 paintings which Husain made for the Sao Paolo Biennial in 1971, where he was invited along with Pablo Picasso himself.

It was the first of Husain’s many attempts to depict the Mahabharata and is considered Husain’s homage to Picasso.

Atul Dodiya, one of India’s best-known contemporary artists, has three paintings at the exhibit in Barcelona.

Dodiya wrote to Hindustan Times from Barcelona saying, “I wanted to be a painter since I was 10 and made my acquaintance with Pablo Picasso around the same time.”

Dodiya said he would rummage for images of Picasso’s works in TIME magazine copies from raddiwalas and collected all newspaper clips he could find on Picasso when the Spanish born artist died in 1973.

Dodiya first saw the original works of the cubist genius in Paris in 1991 where he spent one year on a scholarship.

“His openness to various methods and his celebration of the visual is something I emulate. I hadn’t even realised that nearly 15 or my works directly referenced the master until the curator Michael Fitzgerald brought it to my attention.” says Dodiya.

The exhibition will be on till June 29 this summer and will not feature any works of Picasso which can be seen in the museum’s permanent collection.