Old Traditions, New Visions: Art in India and Pakistan after 1947

Event date
15 Sep 2017 to 18 Mar 2018
Event time
10:00 - 17:00
Ashmolean Museum
Beaumont St
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Eastern Art Paintings Gallery

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After the political freedom gained in 1947, Indian and Pakistani artists faced a particular challenge: how does one express the new nations’ distinctive characters, which reflect a wide history of experiences and resources, while entering a global discourse focused on modernism’s universal premises of experimentation and shared human values? Inspired and unrestricted by cultural expectations, artists on the Indian subcontinent fully engaged with the world around them, embracing their individualistic approaches to modern art and ushering new art forms into an era of globalism. In the absence of an absolute aesthetic, artists in South Asia would blend freely — from Abstract Expressionism to the tradition of miniature painting to changes in socio-political, religious and economic life.