Ghare Baire - Looking East - 3D virtual exhibition by DAG

Ghare Baire - Looking East

Fri, 06/19/2020 to Tue, 06/30/2020

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Explore DAG's Ghare Baire museum-exhibition from home with Heritage Walk Calcutta. The Ghare Baire collection features three centuries of art from Bengal, tracing the evolution of the visual landscape in the region over three centuries, through exchanges between the local and the global, as Bengal became the center of the colonial world.

Each week in June, we will be curating selections from our collection through our virtual viewing room. Following the first two walk-throughs, which focused on the exchanges between European and Indina painters in the late-18th and 19th centuries, and the influence of the Ajanta expedition led by Christiana Herringham in 1909-11, the third session titled 'Looking East' turns to pan-Asian exchanges in the early-20th century and how it shaped the art of Bengal.

'Looking East' signals a key moment of cultural reorientation for artists in Bengal, revolving largely around the interactions between the Tagore family - in particular between Rabindranath and his nephew, Abanindranath on the one hand, the Japanese cultural ideologue, Okakura Kazuko, who arrived in Bengal around 1902. He was followed by a number of prominent Japanese artists, who brought with them a dynamic range of techniques that reflected a different artistic response to reality and spirituality.

Encouraged by E.B. Havell, Principal of the Government Art College, Abanindranath studied these techniques (most importantly, wash) with painters Yokoyama Taikan and Hishida Shunso, before adapting elements of them into his own artistic vision. These exchanges influenced younger painters who centered around Jorasanko and Tagore's Santiniketan, such as Nandalal Bose, Benode Behari Mukherjee and Mukul De, and carried forward many of the possibilities suggested by these exchanges.

The current edition of our virtual exhibition focuses on the early interactions that shaped a new vision of spiritual and historical engagement with art for both sets of painters, and paved the way for new experiments with technique - such as wash or print-making - for artists in Bengal.

more exhibitions of DAG


Ghare Baire - Looking Beyond the City

26 Jun 2020 to 03 Jul 2020


Ghare Baire - Looking to the Past

14 Jun 2020 to 30 Jun 2020

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