United in Individuality: “The Tagore Triad” at Akar Prakar, Kolkata | BLOUIN ARTINFO


United in Individuality: “The Tagore Triad” at Akar Prakar, Kolkata

Gaganendranath Tagore’s “Adbhut Lok (Realm of the Absurd),” 1917; Book
(Courtesy: Akar Prakar)

An exhibition paying tribute to a family of artists that resisted conforming to Western artistic traditions, and in doing so created unique styles and creations, is currently on display in Kolkata, India. The Akar Prakar gallery is hosting the exhibition, titled “The Tagore Triad” until November 25, 2017.

The exhibition features Rabindranath, Abanindranath, and Gaganendranath Tagore. Although they belong to the same family, their approach to painting was individualistic which redefined the history of Indian art. For the trio, art was not a mere form of visual expression, but a tool for protest against regressive forces, both social and political. These three artists created their own art form instead of conforming to Western art traditions.

The exhibition also throws light on the fact that the Jorasanko Thakurbari is one of the foremost art hubs of the day that played a significant role in music and bringing about the intellectual revolution during that period. The exhibition does not only display the paintings but it also highlights the perspective of the makers of such masterpieces.

The exhibition witnesses the rich heritage and legacy of our country in comparison with Western modern art. Even today, the creations of the three maestros are revered by the world despite the fact that modern art form has invaded the traditional techniques of art.

Akar Prakar is one of the leading galleries and promoters of Indian art today and was established in 2004 by Reena and Abhijit Lath. Akar Prakar has made a national presence with an international footprint since 2010. Working with various government agencies such as the NGMA, Lalit Kala Akademi (LKA), Ministry of Culture, ICCR and Indian and international museums, Akar Prakar contributes in promoting Indian modern and contemporary art. The gallery has also produced books and publications on some of the major artists in collaboration with the LKA and ICCR, NGMA, Ministry of Culture, and various private organizations.

‘The Tagore Triad” exhibition is on view through November 25, 2017, at Akar Prakar, P, 238, Hindustan Park Road, Hindustan Park, Gariahat, Kolkata, West Bengal 700029, India.

For details, visit: http://www.blouinartinfo.com/galleryguide/akar-prakar-art-advisory/overview

Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the exhibition.