Publications

Publications

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.

  • Crossings: Time Unfolded ||

    Crossings: Time Unfolded II captures the spirit of the exhibition which attempted to comprehend the fast changing world and its people’s distinct experiences of the temporal. Following in the footsteps of the exhibition, the catalogue abandons the chronology altogether, to intersect diverse yet interrelated realties across time and strikes a conversation among different artists belonging to different generations. Using this mode of viewing, the crossings that artists make become evident. This de-centered approach results in questioning the stability of any singular position. It further helps to build historical tangential points for the viewing and making of certain visual languages and vocabularies. 
    The catalogue was published in conjunction with the exhibition that was curated by Roobina Karode. The pages contain images of the artworks grouped together in individually titled sections. Short pieces providing details of the background of the artists as well as information about their influences and artistic journeys accompany the images. 

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  • Time Unfolded

    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.

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  • Open Doors

    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. 

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