In what is billed as the first exhibition of Indian art at a major American museum in nearly 30 years, 16 paintings by reputed artists from the country, including M F Husain, S H Raza and F N Souza are on display in New York.
"Bharat Ratna! Jewels of Modern Indian Art", drawn from the renowned collection of Rajiv Jahangir Chaudhri and his wife who have assembled some of the finest examples of post-Independence Indian art, is on view at the Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) here since Saturday till August 22.
According to the organisers, the exhibition represents the first time that a significant number of works from the collection of the Chaudhris will be displayed publicly. It is also the first exhibition of modern Indian art at the MFA.
The exhibition offers a visually exciting dialogue between the evolving modernism of Western art and the deeply rooted traditions of India and the multiple different approaches that Indian artists took after Independence, to define their art.
On view in the MFA's Indian Paintings and Decorative Arts Gallery, the exhibition includes works by several of the leading members of the Progressive Artists' Group of Mumbai: Krishnaji Howlaji Ara, Husain, Raza and Souza.