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Head to Taj Art Gallery, Mumbai, this weekend for a glimpse of 'Bengal through the last 100 years'

This is Prinseps first curated exhibition showcasing a selection of 37 artworks on the the depth and range of artists from Bengal

Mumbai-based auction house Prinseps is hosting their first curated exhibition 'Bengal through the last 100 years' as part of the Mumbai Gallery Weekend 2020. The exhibition will be on view from January 9-12 at the Taj Art Gallery, with an official Mumbai Gallery Weekend walkthrough on January 12 from 4 - 4:30 pm. The four-day-long exhibition will also carry a preview for the No Reserve Nationalist Book Auction which will go live later this month, from January 20 - 26, showing a series of seminal books and manuscripts related to the Indian National Movement including Mahatma Gandhi’s Harijan Sevak, 70 volumes of The Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi (First Edition) as well as important publications on Subhash Chandra Bose and Jawaharlal Nehru.

'Bengal through the last 100 years' brings together a curated selection of 37 artworks, showcasing the depth and range of artists from Bengal, including early Indian modernists such as Abanindranath Tagore and Jamini Roy, to later modernists like Bikash Bhattacharjee. Curated by Prinseps’ Menaka Mahtab, the show celebrates the birth of Indian Modernism in Shantiniketan, Bengal. The exhibition creates a narrative ark that traces the evolution of artists such as Abanindranath Tagore, who set the tone for the Bengal School style with his defiance of Western Classicism, to Jamini Roy, who presented an alternate Indian aesthetic by reaching back to the rich heritage of folk traditions. The progression of Bengal’s distinct journey with modernism is further seen in Ganesh Pyne's abstract works and Bikash Bhattacharjee's surrealist pieces.

The exhibition focuses on the progression of change, as we enter a new decade, from the 1920s. The complete list of artists showcased includes - Bikash Bhattacharjee, Satyendranath Bishi, Nandalal Bose, Ramendranath Chakravorty, Shailesh Chandra Deb Barma, Somnath Hore, Meera Mukherjee, Ganesh Pyne, Jamini Roy, Abanindranath Tagore, Gaganedranath Tagore, Rathindranath Tagore and a few students who studied at Santiniketan.

Don't miss the walk-through with Menaka Mahtab, as a part of the official programme for Mumbai Gallery Weekend, on the 12th of January from 4 till 4:30 pm.

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