Participating artists: Atul Bhalla, Jitish Kallat, Manish Nai, Mithu Sen, Prajakta Potnis, Ranbir Kaleka, Reena Kallat, Rohini Devasher, Sahej Rahal and Shilpa Gupta
The exhibition celebrates the Museum's 10th anniversary since its reopening to the public after restoration and 160 years since it was first opened to the public in 1857. Inspired by these important dates, this show takes its cue from the earliest impulses to establish the Museum and is juxtaposed with our ongoing engagement with the prevailing 'environment'. Nature and Science were the founding principles of the Museum and are as significant today as they were then.
Join us for a free activity inspired by the artworks on display as part of the Museum's ongoing exhibition 'Asymmetrical Objects'. The exhibition title refers to Nature and Science, which were the founding principles of the Museum. The participants will explore the main themes of the exhibition - environmental degradation, biodiversity and science fiction - and create their own artwork with natural and found material.
Come in to watch and listen about the story of “Trash” through two very different mediums: an interactive contemporary art installation and a story! This workshop will engage the participants in shadow play, storytelling and learn simple concepts about waste management like segregation & three R’s - Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. Inspired by the ongoing exhibition 'Asymmetrical Objects'.
Join Siddhant Shah, access and interpretation specialist, on a multi-sensory tour of the Museum's new exhibition on Nature and Science, 'Asymmetrical Objects'. Get hands on, participate and experience art in new ways!.
Engage with the Museum’s ongoing exhibition on Nature and Science through crafty word play, twisting plot-lines and creative characterisation. Author Reshma Krishnan Barshikar introduces children to the basic traits of creative writing and the use of graphic organisers, helping build a discipline of writing craft.
Join us for a trail to explore the biodiversity at Rani Bagh - trees, insects and birds - followed by a special tour focused on the contemporary artwork 'Earth Citizens' by Reena Kallat on view at the Museum. Participants will then engage in a hands-on activity to create their own imaginative species of plants or birds, name it, and write a short story about it!
Arts Practice and the Politics of Inclusion: A critical Enquiry
Join us for a session with visual artist, Navjot Altaf, who will share her thoughts and questions on the politics of artistic practices, the nature of research, collaborative and participative practice, and the politics of inclusion.
Listen to Uttarakhandi and Uttarbharatiya Folk at the Museum Plaza!
Curated by Avijit Mukul Kishore and Rohan Shivkumar
By Ektara Collective
Turup is a fiction feature set in contemporary Bhopal about three women whose lives intersect as they struggle with the gender, caste and class divisions that play out in everyday life. A chess game that is played out on the street, becomes a metaphor for their tale. Puloma Pal, the editor of the film will be present at the screening to discuss the film
In collaboration with Alliance Française de Bombay
Ingres - Le bain turc (1859-63)
Manet - Olympia (1865)
Renoir - Le bal du moulin de la Galette (1876)
In collaboration with the Academy of STEAM Stories
(Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics)
A teacher-training workshop aimed to introduce teachers and educators to STEAM stories and encourage them to create science stories, which they can use as value additions to science teaching in classrooms.
By Dr. Kurush Dalal
Join us for a conversation with Dr. Kurush Dalal around 19th century science fiction/fantasy, especially various theories about the Earth and the idea of apocalypse as propagated in pop culture.
By Dr. Geeti Sen
From the 1980s a bold representation of feminist intent has grown in India, in writings, performance and cinema as much as in contemporary art practice. This talk begins with the celebrated painting of 'Bharat Mata' in 1905, created by Abanindranath Tagore as a metaphor for the nation, and how the image evolved with new aspirations. Women perceived themselves differently – not as objects of beauty but as impassioned and filled with desire. Amrita Sher-Gil pioneered these concerns by focusing on the body, and her unfinished project was continued by artists. Gogi Saroj Pal, Anupam Sud, Arpita Singh, Nalani Malani, Navjot Altaf, Nilima Sheikh are some who have contributed significantly to subverting the icon. This study concludes with the concept of Shakti: of finding the energy of the goddess within themselves which has today emboldened women.
By Tacita Dean
In collaboration with Film Heritage Foundation
he talk will be followed by an interview moderated by Indian art critic and cultural theorist, Ranjit Hoskote.Celebrated British artist, Tacita Dean, will give a lecture on her own process and practice with particular reference to her frequent use of 16mm and 35mm film in her work. She will talk about the importance of ‘medium’ to artists and about the museum’s responsibility to exhibit works of art in their original form, and how this has become eroded in recent years in relation to film and other photochemical mediums. She will also touch on the vital role semantics have played in the fight to save film.