Curtain Raiser Press Release
The Printed Picture, Khel and Prints from Rajasthan
Jawahar Kala Kendra (JKK) will open its refurbished print making studios on August 5 with three exhibitions on print art. These are namely – ‘The Printed Picture’, ‘Khel’ and ‘Prints from Rajasthan’. The exhibitions will extol the history and process of print making within Rajasthan, India and abroad. This was informed by the Director General, Jawahar Kala Kendra, Ms. Pooja Sood today.
‘The Printed Picture’ — Four Centuries of Indian Printmaking charts printmaking’s eventful journey in India from its inception as a tool of the colonial enterprise to its rapid success in the printing industry in the 18th century. It also traces the entry of the Indian bazaar print in the hands of the artisan as well as the art school trained artist. The exhibition is curated by artist and scholar, Dr. Paula Sengupta.
The exhibition ‘Prints From Rajasthan’ will showcase the work of key artists from Rajasthan and their contribution to the genre of print making in India over the past 5 decades. The exhibition ‘Khel’ showcases the intelligent yet playful response by artists from 14 different countries to 3 ancient games Ganjifa, Saanp Sidi and Shatranj invented in India and Middle East. Referring to the various paradoxes of life, the games are interpreted by the artists, using different formal approaches to their socio political realities. Both these exhibitions have been curated by Kavita Shah who is herself a renowned print maker based in Baroda.
The exhibitions will be on till 8 October (except Mondays) from 11 am to 7 pm at the Museum Galleries of Jawahar Kala Kendra.