India! NEW ART

New Tretyakov


India! NEW ART the most extensive exhibition of Indian contemporary art to ever be presented, will open at the State Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow on 17 June and will be on view until 6 September 2020.  

The Kiran Nadar Museum of Art (KNMA) and The State Tretyakov Gallery, at the initiative of the Indo-Russian Cultural Foundation have come together to bring for the very first time an exhibition on an unprecedented scale featuring around sixty cross-generational Indian artists, including leading internationally acclaimed figures alongside emerging, younger generation artists. 

The exhibition will be curated by Roobina Karode, Director and Chief Curator of the Kiran Nadar Museum of Art in Delhi, Fiana Balakhovskaya and Sergey Fofanov from the State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow with Zelfira Tregulov, Director of the State Tretykov Gallery supervising the project. 

The exhibition will feature works by artists including Nalini Malani, Vivan Sundaram, Bhupen Khakhar, Amar Kanwar, G. Ravinder Reddy, Mrinalini Mukherjee, Anita Dube, Shilpa Gupta, Dayanita Singh and Jitish Kallat, Rohini Devasher, among others. 

An associated programme of the exhibition will be held as part of the Extension.Индия festival, which will feature illustrated talks on the the history and development of the Indian art scene since India’s Independence in 1947. Video screenings, music and dance concerts by Indian artists and food festivals will take place at various venues in Moscow.

This festival was initiated by the Indo-Russian Cultural Foundation and the Triumph Gallery, Moscow, partnered by KNMA and the STG, and is supported by the Indian Embassy in Moscow, the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation and the Ministry of Culture of India and the Russian Embassy in New Delhi.  

The State Tretyakov Gallery, (STG, founded in Moscow in 1856), is the foremost museum in the world of Russian art. One of the largest museums in Russia, its holdings number more than 190,000 works of Russian art from XIth to XXIst century. Among these are icons  by Andre Rublev and masterpieces by Alexander Ivanov, Ivan Aivazovsky, Ilya Repin, Valentin Serov, Mikhail Vrubel. One of the biggest world collection of Russian Avant-garde including works of Kazimir Malevich, Vladimir Tatlin, Wassily Kandinsky, Marc Chagall. Also The New Tretyakov Gallery features the most complete permanent exhibition of Russian art of the second half 20th century (Ilya Kabakov, Eric Bulatov) as well as recent contemporary art and regularly presents a changing programme of international exhibitions of modern and contemporary art. 

The Kiran Nadar Museum of Art (KNMA, founded in New Delhi in 2010 by Kiran Nadar) is a pioneering initiative in establishing a private museum on modern and contemporary art in India, dedicated to bringing visibility, accessibility and integrity to the diverse and simultaneous artistic practices prevalent in India and the subcontinent. It has over the years built an extraordinary collection that spans across the last hundred years. From the rare and distinguished paintings of MFHusain, FNSouza, SHRaza , Arpita Singh, Bhupen Khakhar, abstractions of VSGaitonde and Nasreen Mohamedi to multi –media installations by Nalini Malani, Vivan Sundaram, Ranbir Kaleka,Sheba Chhacchhi, to sculptural objects of Subodh Gupta, Bharti Kher, Sudarshan Shetty, Ravinder Reddy, KNMA has equally welcomed the best works in photography, video and animation and kinetic objects into its collection. KNMA is premised on the belief that museums are not merely repositories of objects or spaces to display art, but places of confluence, conversations and sustained dialogue.  

Indo-Russian Cultural Foundation was established in 2013 in London by Alex Popov, who was instrumental in bringing the “India – Jewels that Enchanted the World” exhibition to Moscow Kremlin in 2014 and since then is active in different art and cultural projects in India, Russia and other countries, promoting knowledge and cooperation between the two countries.  

Key People: 

Zelfira Tregulova 

Since 2015 curator, art critic and art historian Zelfira Tregulova has been General Director of The State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia. She has curated many exhibitions and projects in leading museums internationally including Avant-garde Amazons (Berlin- Bilbao-Venice-New York-London; 1999-2000), Russia! (New York – Bilbao; 2005), Surprise Me! (With John Boult; Monte Carlo; 2009), Socialist Realisms (Palace of the Exhibitions, Rome, 2011). Her awards include The Order of the Star of Italy, the holder of the award for services to the Cross Year of Russian Culture and the Russian Language in Italy (2012); and the Order of Malta (2012). Under her leadership, the Tretyakov Gallery has developed internationally and increased collaboration with different world leading museums in organisatuin of exhibithion exchange programms and scientific research work . 

Kiran Nadar 

Kiran Nadar is the Founder and Chairperson of the Kiran Nadar Museum of Art (KNMA) established in 2010 as a pioneering private art museum dedicated to showcasing modern and contemporary Indian art and the subcontinent. As an enterprising art collector and institution builder, she has been a significant force in the Indian art world, working towards enhancing the visibility, accessibility and integrity of Indian modern and contemporary art through her vision, consistent efforts and unfailing enthusiasm. Having singlehandedly built an extraordinary collection that covers the diverse spectrum of contemporary Indian art practice, it is her mission to bridge the gap between art and the larger audience. 

Kiran is a member of MoMA International Council, President of the Rasaja Foundation, an educational, scientific and cultural institution created in 1984 and Trustee, Shiv Nadar Foundation.  She received the 'Pride for Women 2016' Philanthropist of the Year by WCRC Leaders Asia, Pride of India. 

She is also one of the top Indian players of competitive Bridge and has won several laurels at a National level as a member of the ‘Formidables’ team. She led her team to victory at the Commonwealth Nations Bridge Championships 2018, bringing gold to India after 12 years.   

Roobina Karode

Roobina Karode is the Director and Chief Curator at the Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, in India, since it was founded in 2010. She has post-graduate specializations in Art History and in Education and from 1990 to 2006, taught Art History, both Indian and Western, at various institutions mainly the School of Arts & Aesthetics in JNU, the National Museum Institute, College of Art and Jamia Millia University.

Karode has over the years emerged as a significant voice through her curated exhibitions both within India and abroad which include Nasreen Mohamedi: a view to infinity, 2013 and Is it what you think? Ruminations on Time, Memory and Site, 2014 at KNMA with 17 contemporary artists,  Nalini Malaini’s Retrospective  You can’t hold acid in a paperbag  2014 in 3 chapters, Nasreen Mohamedi: waiting is a part of intense living, 2015 at the Reina Sofia Museum in Spain and co-curated Nasreen Mohamedi at the MET Breuer, New York in 2016, Jayashree Chakravarty’s solo  Earth as Haven: under the canopy of love at Musee Guimet, Paris (2017). She has recently curated the India Pavilion at the 58th Venice Biennale, 2019. 

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