Contentious Indian artefacts exhibited in Germany; Frida Kahlo’s personal items on Show; and one more art news

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A photographer takes photos of the sculptures known as the 'Benin Bronzes' at the Humboldt Forum in Berlin | Times of India

Naga Art Exhibited In Germany

Schist statues of Bodhisattva and Buddha | Humboldt Forum

The Humboldt Forum in Berlin is one of Germany’s largest museums of art, culture, and history. It houses the collections of the Ethnological Museum and the Museum of Asian Art. The Forum is currently exhibiting precious ancient and medieval Indian collections, as well as the work of northeast tattoo artist Mo Naga. The exhibition has drawn flak from some for containing artefacts “looted” in the colonial era. Among the Indian exhibits featured are statues of Bodhisattva and Buddha dating from the 2nd to 3rd centuries AD, as well as a 17th-century golden miniature picture of Shah Jahan. The museum is holding six temporary exhibitions, including ‘Naga Land – Voices from Northeast India’ that explores contemporary Naga society and cultural identity. The historical Naga collection is shown alongside current photography, fashion, and visual arts from the region. To know more, read the Times of India.

“Frida Kahlo, Beyond Appearances” on Show in Paris

A plaster corset painted by Kahlo | Artnet

“Frida Kahlo, Beyond Appearances” has just opened at the Palais Galliera in Paris. To avoid cliches, the presentation concentrates on private moments in Kahlo’s life at the Casa Azul, her birthplace and longtime home near Mexico City. The show features over 200 pieces from the artist’s life. In addition, an exhibition-within-an-exhibition delves into the artist’s influence on modern fashion. It is the latest episode in a decade-long series of exhibitions that began in Mexico, centered around the personal identity-building by Frida. For detailed coverage, read Artnet news.

“Art of Bengal Today” is ongoing till September 30

Artist Jogen Chowdhury with curator Tina Chandroji | Treasure Art Gallery

The ongoing exhibition, ‘Art of Bengal Today’ at the Treasure Art Gallery features works by 15 prominent masters from Bengal. Tina Chandroji, the gallery’s owner has curated the show, which will end on September 30. Jogen Chowdhury, Ganesh Haloi, Sunil De, Ashok Bhowmik, and Tarun Dey are among the artists included in the show. The kaleidoscope array of art is marked by beauty, melancholy, irony, and other elements. The artworks on display, created by some of the country’s most senior painters, stand out for their “subtlety, minimalism, and elegance,” all of which are characteristics of Bengali art. “The group exhibition was inspired by the desire to look afresh at these works of art and artists, who contributed greatly towards the uniqueness of Bengal art, in an effort to better understand and appreciate these artworks and their contexts,” explained Tina. Read more at The Print.

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