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Coolest art exhibitions to check out this season

JUL 8, 2016 | By Nishita Fiji
Do you love your fair share of art? We have compiled a curated list of shows, talks and exhibitions from around the country for you to enjoy. Representing a broad array of ideas and concepts, visits to these will provide food for thought to last you for months.
MUMBAI
Mull over the digital realities we live in
In a world where the virtual and the real bleed into each other, Baiju Parthan’s Necessary Illusions critiques high technology and its impact on our lives.
When: September 14 to 19 at Jehangir Art gallery; September 20 to October 20, 2016 at Art Musings
Where: Jehangir Art Gallery, 161 Kala Ghoda, Mahatma Gandhi Rd, Next to Museum, Mumbai 01; Art Musings, 1 Admiralty Bldg, Colaba Cross Lane, Mumbai 05
Website: www.artmusings.net; www.jehangirartgallery.com
Experience devotional art
The Painted Goddess by artist Sanjay Chitara is a collection of contemporary shrine cloths. An ode to age old subaltern Indian art techniques, the show explores the tradition of worship through art.
When: July 29 to August 11 2016
Where: Artisans’ Art Gallery, 52-56 V B Gandhi Marg, Kala Ghoda, Mumbai 01
Website: www.facebook.com/artisans.centre.9
Understand the concept of motionlessness
Presenting works by Madhu Das, Prathap Modi and Sujith SN, Mapping Stillness aims to chart an aesthetic enquiry around the notion of stillness. Using mediums as diverse as watercolours, woodblocks, woodcut prints and drawings, the displays explore the idea of stillness as more than just a physical condition.
When: July 23 to August 31, 2016
Where: Nine Fish Art Gallery, The New Great Eastern Mills,25-29 Dr Ambedkar Rd, Byculla, Mumbai 27
Website: www.ninefish.in
NEW DELHI
Rediscover your sense of touch
Aman Khanna’s Table Set for One will showcase hand-moulded tableware, objects and sculptures that are at peace with their own imperfections. Anyone attending the show can experience these palpable irregularities that represent traces of the hands that made them. Most of the objects on display will also be on sale.
When: July 20, 2016
Where: Claymen Gallery, 24 Hauz Khas Village, New Delhi 16, 6 to 10 pm
Website: www.claymen-art.tumblr.com
Revel in the essential values of life
Reflecting on the values within every human, Celebrating Hope is a showcase of oil paintings by Dr. Susmita Lakhyani. In the illustrations, elements of nature come to metaphorically represent life experiences. The works aim to emanate positivity by subliminally transporting the viewer’s mind into a higher eternal space.
When: September 26 to 29, 2016
Where: Visual Art gallery, India Habitat centre, Lodhi Rd, New Delhi 03
Website: www.indiahabitat.org
Get lost in the world of forms and figures
Displaying over five decades of work by artist Himmat Shah, KNMA will present Hammer on the Square – an exhibition that explores the artist’s contribution to modern Indian art. It will showcase his famous terracotta sculptures, bronzes, collages and paintings that demonstrate his interest in metaphoric spaces and the transience of existence.
When: Till July 20, 2016
Where: KNMA, 145, DLF South Court Mall, Saket, New Delhi 17
Website: www.knma.in
CHENNAI
Comprehend the cycle of life
Seema Kohli’s The Unending Dance of Light, Raks-e-Shams is a showcase of birth, life, death and rebirth or rejuvenation as an eternal cycle. The displays use varied mediums such as painting, video, sculpture, drawing, etching and serigraphy.
When: August 27, 2016 to January 5, 2017
Where: Gallery Veda at Park Hyatt, 39, Velachery Main Rd, Raj Bhavan Colony, TN Police Housing Colony, Velachery, Chennai 32
Website: www.galleryveda.com
KOLKATA
Lose yourself in Greek mythology
Greek Myths & its Influence on French Renaissance is a talk by Paroma Chatterjee, from the University of Michigan, who will discuss how the myths affected ancient Greece, their adaptations after the ancient era and how the French Renaissance was informed by the Greek myths.
When: July 22, 2016
Where: Alliance Francaise du Bengale, Park Mansions, Park Street, Kolkata 16
Website: www.bengale.afindia.org
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