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An iconic Mumbai art gallery is commemorating its six-decade journey with an exhibition titled ‘Framing Future Archives.’ The upcoming exhibit, curated by Shaleen Wadhwana, pays tribute to the gallery’s storied history.

Renowned artist Jitish Kallat has designed a conceptual circular wall for the exhibition. This wall recreates the gallery’s original space within its current location, serving as a symbol of the gallery’s evolution over time.

The founders of this gallery, Kekoo and Khorshed Gandhy, played a crucial role in supporting Indian modernism. They connected artists like Maqbool Fida Husain, Krishenji Howlaji Ara, Francis Newton Souza, and Sayed Haider Raza with art buyers, contributing to the growth of Indian art appreciation. The gallery has continued this tradition by nurturing emerging talents like Atul Dodiya and Jitish Kallat.

‘Framing Future Archives’ is not just a retrospective; it offers a contemporary perspective on the gallery’s rich history. Current artists, including Atul and Anju Dodiya, Reena Kallat, and Shakuntala Kulkarni, respond to the works of earlier artists connected to the gallery. This exhibition aims to bridge the past and present, showcasing the enduring influence of Indian modernism.

In addition to the main exhibition, Chemould CoLab will present works by ten young artists responding to contemporary artists from the gallery’s roster. Another exhibition at the Jehangir Art Gallery will feature pieces from the collections of early gallery patrons.

The gallery’s legacy is a testament to its commitment to nurturing modern and contemporary culture in India. ‘Framing Future Archives’ invites art enthusiasts on a nostalgic journey through six decades of vibrant Indian art.


Re-reported from the article originally published in Hindustan Times

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