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Knma endeavors to become a space for confluence and its publications are a corroboration of that vision for posterity. They underscore the drive of this department to come out with well researched books after each exhibition which act as reservoirs of in-depth information to scholars, students, and art lovers alike. Since its inception in 2010, the Knma publications department has published many titles including exhibition catalogues that uphold the creative energy of the publication program.
Cynical Love: Life in The Everyday presents the theme of fast paced globalized world and the undeniable contribution of technology as well as its imperative need in it. Technology acts as a life-support for the democratic art forms and pushes them to newer inventions. Besides being a necessity, technology also challenges the aura that art confers upon an object. The artists in this exhibition responded to the museum space which is located within a technological hub. They made an attempt to register the different stages of technological advance since industrialization first ushered in the 19th century. The catalogue showcases artworks by artists who juxtapose and integrate these stages of inventions with contemporary views of design, architecture and film. The artworks act as a return call towards organic materials and simple living. The catalogue greets the reader with a title essay by the curator of the exhibition, Gayatri Sinha. It contains works of 18 artists that were part of the exhibition. Each image of the artwork is accompanied by a text written by the artists, providing insights into the conception of the work, their ideologies, surrounding that leave an impression on the creations every time and their backgrounds that enrich the ideas.
Time Unfolded examines the second exhibition of KNMA, which was opened to public at the newly inaugurated museum space in Saket in 2011. This book showcases seminal works from the Indian art practice, which were classified into separate sections or themes in the exhibition, sections that rested within the elaborate scope of modern and contemporary. This carefully crafted book ponders on the exploration and unraveling of time by artists in their own specific ways, delineating the slippery contours of the then and now along with the anticipation of what’s to come through their art works.
Time Unfolded commences with a foreword by Kiran Nadar and a concept note by Roobina Karode. It contains images of artworks that were exhibited in the exhibition coupled with elucidations on the art practice of artists, their processes and preoccupations as well as their techniques and the socio political conditions that influenced their works in varying degrees. A brief summary about each work forms part of the book in order to illuminate the reader about the conceptual idea that engendered the exhibition. The bios of artists incorporated in every piece make the book a compact yet well researched publication.
The exhibition ‘Open doors’ was a revelatory journey through time serving a dual purpose. It worked towards drawing a temporal arc not only through the historically relevant events in the 20th century Indian art through the exhibited art works , but also simultaneously shed light on Mrs. Nadar’s foray into a creative voyage in the late 80s which led her to amassing a noteworthy collection. The publication title similarly functions as a metaphor and is emblematic of the expressive power of works of art which lead us into an enigmatic world. The catalogue along with the exhibition was the introduction of the museum’s collection to public.