India’s French Connection: Indian Artists in France

DAG celebrated 25 years of its commitment to Indian Art, with the launch of ‘India’s French Connection: Indian Artists in France’ at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi.

New Delhi, 31 January 2018

In honour of its 25th anniversary, DAG, India’s leading private art gallery, started celebrations with a vernissage of India’s French Connection: Indian Artists in France. The preview was inaugurated by H.E. Alexandre Ziegler (Ambassador of France in India) and Shri Amitabh Kant (CEO Niti Aayog), at the India Habitat Centre, Visual Arts Gallery.

The power list of Delhi was in full attendance including Dr. Alka Pande, Kiran Nadar; UPF-India chair Ambassador K. V. Rajan with his wife Gita, Shakti Burman, Vivek Sahni, Madhavi and Manu Parekh, Rajeev Sethi, Sunil Sethi, Vivek Burman, Harmeet Bajaj, Paresh Maity, Krishen Khanna, Bijan Paul, Anupama Dayal, Thenny Mejia, Cecile & Peter D’Ascoli, Rohit Chawla, Gunjan Gupta, Amit Pasricha, Chetan Seth, Ashok Vajpayee, Dr. Bertrand de Hartingh, Counsellor for Cooperation & Cultural Affairs, Embassy of France, Ms. Aruna Adiceam, Deputy Counsellor for Cooperation & Cultural Affairs, Embassy of France, to name a few.

Speaking on the occasion, Ashish Anand, CEO of DAG said, “India’s French Connection not only marks the beginning of DAG’s silver milestone, but also brings together the works of India’s most distinctive, modern artists who have been influenced by French culture. The exhibition includes the works of 25 artists out of more than 100 who spent significant periods of time in France, which exposed them to some of the finest training in art, not limited to painting, but also print-making and sculpture.”

The exhibition, based on extensive research by DAG and texts written by Dr. Devika Singh (Centre of South Asian Studies, University of Cambridge) and Kishore Singh (DAG, Head - Exhibitions & Publications) is designed by scenographer Adrien Gardère, and explores the influence of French artistic movements on Indian artists from the 1920s onwards. Featuring significant Indian modernists such as Amrita Sher-Gil, S.H. Raza, Jehangir Sabavala and Ram Kumar, who studied in Paris or made it their home, the exhibition will look at their individual and collective journeys. This explores the mapping of the significance of the city to them, the artists they met there, and the French influence on their artistic repertoires.

H.E. Alexandre Ziegler, the Ambassador of France in India said, “I am extremely happy to discover – or rediscover – today, the works of these great masters who have written with their brushes, chisels or pencils, the great history of the artistic relationship between France and India, and I am grateful to DAG for sharing this story that is not told enough.”

Shri Amitabh Kant, CEO of Niti Aayog added, “I believe that it’s the private sector which can change things. I congratulate Ashish Anand and the DAG team for this fantastic exhibition and the upcoming programme of talks. DAG is a game changer for art in India, and we can only support them to move forward with their amazing projects.”

Over the next 11 days at the India Habitat Centre, DAG will also host a series of talks and conferences with Bernard Ruiz-Picasso (President, Museo Picasso), Jean-Marc Bustamante (artist and Director, École des Beaux Arts de Paris), Catherine Chevillot (Director, Rodin Museum), Manuel Rabaté (Director, Louvre Abu Dhabi) and Sophie Makariou (President, The Guimet Museum), alongside their Indian counterparts, on how to enhance India’s voice in the global conversation on art.

The exhibition and programming is accredited by Bonjour India, a major Indo-French four-month-long programme led by Institut Français in India.

DAG will also participate at the 2018 edition of India Art Fair, where it will present Navratna | Nine Gems, India’s National Treasure Artists, a specially conceived exhibition that brings together artworks by the nine artists honoured with the title of ‘National Treasure’.

India’s French Connection: Indian Artists in France will be open to public from February 1-11, 2018, from 10:30 am to 7:30 pm.

About DAG

DAG was established as a private art gallery in 1993. The largest gallery devoted to Indian art in the world, its definitive collection of artworks represents the expanse of Indian art practice over the twentieth century, covering periods, styles, themes and artistic concerns whilst also possessing a large number of works from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Over the last decade it has been responsible for the curation and exhibition of historic, thematic as well as artist retrospectives. The collection showcases artists from the early twentieth century, the range of significant modern practice from all significant art centres of the country, whether Mumbai, Kolkata, New Delhi, Vadodara, Chennai and the many centres of the south. While the focus is Indian modern art, the DAG art collection also showcases indigenous forms of art from India as well as works of some of the most celebrated travelling European artists from the seventeenth century onward. The gallery has locations in New Delhi, Mumbai, and New York.

About Bonjour India

The third edition of Bonjour India 2017-18 is a four-month-long mega voyage across India that will celebrate Indo-French partnership as well as shape the next decade of human exchange between the two countries. From November 2017to February 2018, Bonjour India covers 100 projects in 33 cities across 20 states & union territories. Bonjour India provides a platform for enduring partnerships across the themes of Smart Citizen, High Mobility, Go Green.

Bonjour India is unprecedented given the ambitious scale of its partnership with India. People at the forefront of their fields will share their inspiring journeys as they change society through their innovation and creativity. At events collaboratively organised across cities and disciplines, amid performances, debates, seminars and exhibitions, all audiences will find something that captures their imagination.

With Bonjour India 2017-18, India and France will come together to create, innovate and partner towards a progressive and sustainable future.

Bonjour India aims far, Bonjour India supports fair, Bonjour India is fun!

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