Published on Sunday, June 26th, 2011
A kind of cross-cultural pollination has been taking place in France as an art festival is celebrating Indian creativity in Paris this Spring and continuing into the Summer. The festival is undertaken by several institutions to make the experience that much more rich. The focus is to bring a maximum number of artists of Indian origin to the world stage.
A highlight of the showcase is the project Living Legends of Indian Contemporary Art, which includes four documentaries on artists such as M.F. Husain, Ram Kumar, Akbar Padamsee and S.H. Raza.
In early Spring the arthouse Galerie Frederic Moisan curated scroll painters from Bengal in an exhibition, Patachitras of Bengal - Painted Scrolls of Itinerant Storytellers.
Sculpture installations by the Indian-born British artist Anish Kapoor were featured in the fourth edition of Monumenta at the Grand Palais, from May 11th to June 23rd.
Also of note is the show Indian Highway IV, running until July 31st at the Musee d'art Contemporain de Lyon, which is exhibiting installations by Studio Mumbai, the Desire Machine Collective, Sheela Gowda, Shilpa Gupta, Subodh Gupta, N.S Harsha, Abhishek Hazra, Shanay Jhaveri, Jitish Kallat, Bharti Kher, among others.
An innovative project, the events reveal an evolving artistic landscape of Indian contemporary art in a high cultural exhange with Paris.