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Annapurna, 1943
Nandalal Bose, Indian
Wash and tempera on paper
National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi, 4794
Rhythms of India: The Art of Nandalal Bose (1882-1966)
June 27, 2008 - September 1, 2008
This is the first exhibition to travel outside of Asia showcasing the exquisite and historically groundbreaking work of Nandalal Bose, a major artist who has been called the father of Indian modernism and one of the patriarchs of India’s cultural revival. Organized by the San Diego Museum of Art in a historic collaboration with the government of India and the National Gallery of Modern Art in New Delhi, this exhibition includes more than one hundred of the artist's works. Philadelphia is the only East Coast venue for this major event.

Rhythms of India explores the crucial period of India’s transition from a British colony to an independent nation through the country’s premier artist of the time. The works on view reveal the way Bose contributed to the development of a new Indian art and laid the foundation for modern visual culture in independent India, as well as illustrate how Bose contributed to the success of India’s nonviolent struggle for independence through his association with Mahatma Gandhi.

To place Nandalal Bose in his full historical context, this exhibition also includes a range of splendid works by other artists such as his teacher, Abanindranath Tagore, his students, and other contemporary artists whom he greatly inspired.


Rhythms of India: The Art of Nandalal Bose (1882-1966) is organized by the San Diego Museum of Art in collaboration with the National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi.


The exhibition is made possible by the generosity of Roohi and Rajiv Savara, the Savara Art Foundation, Priya and Mukesh Assomull, the Arts and Culture Fund of The San Diego Foundation, and Gayatri and C.K. Prahalad.
In Philadelphia, the exhibition is made possible by Reed Smith LLP and BNY Mellon. Major support is provided by a grant from the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation, with additional funding from The Pew Charitable Trusts, Rajiv and Kamla Gupta, Dr. David R. Nalin, Sundaram Tagore, and other generous donors.


Organizing Curator: Sonya Rhie Quintanilla • Curator, Asian Art, San Diego Museum of Art
Darielle Mason • The Stella Kramrisch Curator of Indian and Himalayan Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art


Dorrance Special Exhibition Galleries, first floor

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