Exhibitions

An extensive exhibitions programme includes a strong focus on contemporary art.  A series of curated exhibitions titled 'Engaging Traditions', invites artists to respond to the Museum’s collection, history and archives. These exhibitions are presented in the Kamalnayan Bajaj Special Exhibitions Gallery (KBG) in the main Museum building and may involve interventions into the vitrines holding the permanent collections. The Museum also hosts exhibitions in collaboration with galleries and other institutions in the Special Project Space (SPS) in the Museum Plaza. The Museum has successfully partnered with international museums and institutions to showcase contemporary artists and exhibitions which relate to the Museum’s permanent collection.

A series of curated exhibitions titled 'Engaging Traditions', invites artists to respond to the Museum’s collection, history and archives, addressing issues that speak directly to the traditions and issues that underlie the founding of the Museum, yet evoke the present by challenging orthodoxies and questioning assumptions. Several distinguished contemporary artists including Jitish Kallat, Sudarshan Shetty, L.N. Tallur and Ranjini Shettar have participated in this programme.

Through collaborations with international institutes, the Museum has hosted several exhibitions. Contemporary Photography and the Olympic Posters were presented from the V & A Museum, London.  German artist Eberhard Havekost's works were presented in collaboration with the Dresden State Art Collections and the exhibition Social Fabric was showcased with INIVA (Institute of International Visual Arts) London, and the Goethe-Institut, Max Mueller Bhavan, Mumbai. The Museum collaborated with the Guggenheim Museum, New York, to present the BMW Guggenheim Lab in Mumbai,and the Ermenegildo Zegna group on the project ZegnArt Public in 2013.  Most recently, the Museum hosted an acclaimed masterpiece of the Florentine Renaissance, Lorenzo Ghiberti’s (Italian, 1378-1455) The Gates of Paradise (1425-52), through a special collaboration with the Guild of the Dome Association, Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz, Max-Planck-Institute, and the Museum of the Opera del Duomo. Folk Archive, a vibrant, visual account of contemporary popular British culture was held in collaboration with the British Council.


Current

Connecting Threads: Textiles in Contemporary Practice

DEC 2, 2018 - FEB 17, 2019

Curated by Tasneem Zakaria Mehta & Puja Vaish

Participating Artists: Anita Dube, Anju Dodiya, Archana Hande, Desmond Lazaro, Lavanya Mani, Manish Nai, Manisha Parekh, Monali Meher, Nilima Sheikh, Paula Sengupta, Priya Ravish Mehra, Pushpamala N, Rakhi Peswani, Reena Saini Kallat, Shakuntala Kulkarni, Sharmila Samant, Shezad Dawood

The exhibition attempts to trace textile practices, traditions and histories in Contemporary Indian Art. As a medium textile, has an intrinsic meaning and context. The material’s history, its modes of production and its function as a cultural object inform its use in contemporary art practice. Textiles, both as practice and form are inextricably linked to complex histories of legitimation and hegemony, colonial trade, industry, and the freedom movement. Textiles define culture through the relationship between body, cloth, selfhood, attires, identities and fashion.

Juxtaposed with the Museum’s textile collection, the exhibition re-looks at the narratives invoked through a range of artworks. It showcases many forms of artistic practice that have approached the process of art-making by engaging ‘craft’ and ‘traditional’ practices, to address contemporary concerns.


Conference

JAN 19, 2019

Connecting Threads: Textiles in Contemporary Practice

A unique opportunity to hear the curators and participating artists speak about their work as well as hear expert theorists on contemporary practices and concepts and the historic contexts associated with textile in contemporary art.

Conference: Connecting Threads: Textiles in Contemporary Practice
19 January 2019 | 2pm – 5.30pm

A unique opportunity to hear the curators and participating artists speak about their work as well as hear expert theorists on contemporary practices and concepts and the historic contexts associated with textile in contemporary art.

2.00- Registrations & tea
2.30 - Welcome address and introduction by Museum Director, Mrs. Tasneem Mehta
2:40 - 3:30 – Speaker: Dr. Jyotindra Jain (on Textile History & its Relevance: Cotton history, Colonial trade and the freedom movement)
3.30 - 3.45 - Q & A with the audience moderated by Mrs. Tasneem Mehta


INDUSTRY, CRAFTSMANSHIP AND LABOUR

3: 45 - 4:30 pm - Discussion moderated by Abhay Sardesai. Panellists- curators, artists and Dr. Jain (Artists: Nilima Sheikh, Rakhi Peswani, Lavanya Mani, Manisha Parekh, Sharmila Samant, Archana Hande, Manish Nai)

This session will discuss ideas of the ‘decorative arts’, ‘crafts’ and the ‘traditional’ in the contemporary context. The use of the term ‘decorative art’ is connected with the organisation of knowledge as it developed in the Western world. In most other cultures, what are now considered the visual arts (painting, drawing, sculpture etc) were considered crafts on the same level as textile weaving, ceramics and wood-working. The discussion will explore how the works featured in the exhibition deliberate on such classifications and refer to the possibilities of contemporary Indian art to straddle several knowledge systems and generate layered meanings.


MATERIAL, MEMORY AND IDENTITY

4:30 - 5:15 - Discussion moderated by Dr. Arshiya Lokhandwala, Panellists- curators, artists and Dr. Jain (Artists: Anita Dube, Anju Dodiya, Shakuntala Kulkarni, Paula Sengupta, Pushpamala N, Reena Saini Kallat)

As a medium, textile has an intrinsic meaning and conveys a context. The material’s history, its modes of production and its function as a cultural object inform its use in contemporary art. Textiles define culture through the relationship between cloth, body, selfhood, attires and identities. This session will discuss the metaphors explored through textiles in the artists’ works, which reference personal and national histories, and identities.

5:15 - 5:30 - Concluding Remarks – Mrs. Tasneem Mehta

RSVP by email to Cynthia Cardoza at ccardoza@bdlmuseum.org.


Mumbai Gallery Weekend

JAN 20, 2019

A Special Walk-through of ‘Connecting Threads’

Join us at the Museum for a walk through which will be conducted by the exhibition curators and artists. Some of the outstation artists will also be especially coming to Mumbai for this walk through.


Past

Swimmer’s Manual and Other Stories

APR 8, 2018 - MAY 11, 2018