Mumbai artist Atul Dodiya in prestigious HK collection

Written By Unknown on Senin, 06 April 2015 | 22.23

MUMBAI: Over the last few years, Hong Kong has emerged as Asia's art hub. Besides a strong auction market, Art Basel Hong Kong has emerged as a premier event on the international art calendar. It's soon going to get a mega museum of visual culture called the M+. To expand its purview to include South Asia - it already has a phenomenal collection of Chinese and international artists - M+ has acquired Mumbai artist Atul Dodiya's painting titled S. S. Rajputana leaving the port of Bombay - 29th August 1931.

The painting was made for Dodiya's one-person exhibition titled "7000 Museum: A Project for the Republic of India" at the Dr Bhau Daji Lad City Museum in Mumbai in 2014. S. S. Rajputana leaving the port of Bombay-29th August 1931 references a historical photograph of this important moment in India's history when Mahatma Gandhi was on board, sailing to the second Round Table Conference in London.

The scene is interrupted by Dodiya's painterly marks, a signature in his appropriation of historical materials. A gold, meandering doodle directly taken from the notebook of the literary giant Rabindranath Tagore, who had just begun to paint around the time of Gandhi's journey, is superimposed onto the canvas by Dodiya.

The bird sitting on top of the zigzagging line represents the famous subject in Tagore's poems and a symbol for the longing of freedom, which poetically echoes Gandhi's peace protests through Dodiya's juxtaposition. The artist elegantly connects the two great minds of the twentieth century working contemporaneously in the formative moments of the region's modernity, entwining personal and public memories and histories in this painting.

Doryun Chong, chief Curator at M+ said, "M+ is thrilled to acquire this first work by Atul Dodiya, one of the most important Indian artists working today, for our growing collection." collection,Doryun Chong,Atul Dodiya

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