Difficult Loves

Kiran Nadar Museum of Art unveils never-seen-before works of Amrita Sher-Gil and Nasreen Mohamedi in ‘Difficult Loves’

India’s first ever exhibition to bring together the myriad collection of nine most accomplished women artists over the last 100 years

New Delhi, 28 January, 2013 - Kiran Nadar Museum of Art (KNMA), Saket, announced the launch of a mega three part exhibition ‘Difficult Loves’ as a tribute to National Art Treasure artist Amrita Sher-Gil; the world’s biggest retrospective of acclaimed Indian artist Nasreen Mohamedi and an exhibition of cutting-edge installation works of seven contemporary artists. Opening to public on January 30, 2013, ‘Difficult Loves’ celebrates the birth centenary year and birth anniversary of Amrita Sher-Gil, born on January 30, 1913.

Inspired by Italo Calvino’s famous book ‘Difficult Loves’ and curated by Roobina Karode, Director, KNMA, the exhibition proposes to talk about adventures, misadventures, complex relationships with objects, subjects, desires and life itself, about trials and errors in the individual artistic journeys of these nine participating artists.

At the same time the other KNMA museum at Noida is exhibiting ‘Zones of Contact’. Curated by Akansha Rastogi, Deeksha Nath and Vidya Shivadas, this exhibition with 14 artists and 4 projects presents the museum as a site under construction, introspecting on its contours in the contemporary context of India and the Subcontinent.

Announcing the new exhibition, Kiran Nadar, Chairperson, KNMA said, “Starting with two important exhibitions at both of our museums, 2013 would be a key milestone in the journey of KNMA. The objective of ‘Difficult Loves’ is to create a platform to allow a diverse audience access to some pristine works of women artists across generations. The retrospective of Nasreen Mohamedi showcases more than 135 works including 35 seminal works of Nasreen Mohamedi that have been acquired by KNMA. At the heart of the Amrita Sher-Gil memorial exhibition is her famous rare painting ‘Self-Portrait with Easel’ which is also a part of the KNMA Collection now.” She further added, “We are also pleased to present ‘Zones of Contact’ at KNMA Noida, offering significant insights into museum practice and different ways of collecting and archiving.”

Roobina Karode, Director, KNMA and the curator of ‘Difficult Loves’ said, “I have personal relationships with all the participating artists in the exhibition. As a student of Nasreen Mohamedi, I had access to her studio and the privilege of observing her while she worked. Nasreen practiced an art of slow evolution and even slower revelation, which demands from its viewers the intensity of attention. This exhibition brings the most acclaimed women artists across generations in the last hundred years of Indian art on one platform and showcases them for a year-long period in an attempt to enhance art education and awareness.”

About Kiran Nadar Museum of Art

The Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, established in January 2010, is India’s first philanthropic museum that creates a site for confluence of modern contemporary art in India. An initiative of the Shiv Nadar Foundation, KNMA aims to instill a deep sense of appreciation for contemporary art by making it accessible to everyone.

About Shiv Nadar Foundation

The Shiv Nadar Foundation (www.ShivNadarFoundation.org) has been established by Shiv Nadar, Founder, HCL - a $6.2 billion leading global technology and IT enterprise, with over 90,000 employees across 31 countries. The Foundation is committed to the creation of a more equitable, merit-based society by empowering individuals through transformational education, creativity and art. The Foundation set up the SSN Institutions (www.SSN.edu.in) in 1996, comprising the SSN College of Engineering (already a highly ranked private engineering college in India), in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. In addition, the Foundation runs VidyaGyan (www.vidyagyan.in) in Bulandshahr and Sitapur, a radical social experiment in nurturing leadership from among highly gifted rural poor children in Uttar Pradesh and the Shiv Nadar University (www.snu.edu.in), an international multi-disciplinary, research-led university located in Greater Noida in India’s National Capital Region. The Foundation is also setting up Shiv Nadar Schools(www.shivnadarschool.edu.in) across India to build world-class schools aiming to provide children with education that creates lifelong learners. The Foundation has also established India’s largest private philanthropic museum – the Kiran Nadar Museum of Art (www.knma.in), a non-commercial non-profit organization that exhibits modern and contemporary art from India and the subcontinent.

Start Date: 
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
End Date: 
Wednesday, January 30, 2013