A Conjuror’s Archive

Jangarh Singh Shyam

MAP is delighted to loan artworks to to a major Jangarh Singh Shyam exhibition titled ‘A Conjuror’s Archive’ at the KNMA.

3 December, 2018 - 12 January, 2019
Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, New Delhi

MAP is excited to announce that it will be contributing through a loan of 46 artworks to an exhibition of India’s seminal ‘tribal’ artist, Jangarh Shyam Singh, curated by Dr. Jyotindra Jain and Roobina Karode. Organised at the Kiran Nadar Museum of Art (KNMA), A Conjuror’s Archive will explore the oeuvre and legacy of Jangarh Singh Shyam and trace both the evolution of his own practice and his impact upon contemporary and future generations of artists.

Before any sound critical framework could be evolved around the phenomenal artist Jangarh Singh Shyam (1962–2001) as the originator of an extraordinary individualistic idiom of painting, ruthless market forces regrettably came to dominate his art and Jangarh himself became their first casualty. While trying to finish a large commission at a museum in Japan under adverse circumstances, Jangarh committed suicide in 2001. He was 40.

A whole range of conditions, events and mediations associated with Jangarh’s life and his art practice has since remained underexplored. This exhibition attempts to construct an equitable account of the formation of his prodigious artistic body of work that founded his legacy and grew into a movement. It also probes the efficacy of extra-cultural interventions into an individual artist’s operative and relatively well-grounded indigenous cultural tradition, and asks how the latter interacts with the new, while intentionally reinventing itself.

Equipped with a powerful sensibility and a profound nostalgia for the world of his native village of Patangarh that he left behind, Jangarh created, over two decades in Bhopal, a sea of paintings inhabited by gods and demons, shamans and priests, birds and animals — crabs, scorpions, lizards and crocodiles — as well as forests, trees and shrubbery. The entire realm that had remained latent in his mind’s eye over the years thus came to life, image by image, in response to the new and alluring space of paper, canvas or the expansive walls that he turned into a vast and unique conjuror’s archive — opening up a personal space from where to speak.

 

About the Kiran Nadar Museum of Art 

The Kiran Nadar Museum of Art (KNMA) opened its doors to the public in January 2010, as the first private museum of art exhibiting modern and contemporary works from India and the subcontinent. Located in the heart of New Delhi, India’s capital city, KNMA intends to exemplify the dynamic relationship between art and culture through its exhibitions, publications, educational, and public programs. The core collection of the museum highlights a generation of 20th century Indian painters from the post-Independent decades and the art practices of younger contemporaries.

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Portrait of a Barasingha

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Peacock

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Ajgar (Python)

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Ped, Chidiya Aur Hawaijahaz

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Nevra Saanp

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Baaj Aur Saap (hawk and snake)

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Magar Aur Saap (crocodiles and snake)

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Birds in union

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Vichi (scorpion)

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Chachan and the snake

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Chachan and the snake

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Mangra (crocodile)

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Haril and her chicks

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Snake and mongoose

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Foreplay of lizards

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Duda Rakshas (demon in the forest)

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Birds in a tree

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The story of the tiger and the boar

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The serpent Shesha holding the earth on his hood

Jangarh Singh Shyam (1962 - 2001)

Mask for fixing the evil eye

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The story of the tiger and the boar

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The serpent Shesha holding the earth on his hood

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Annihilation of Sanbarah, the boar: an An anecdote from the Gond epic

Jangarh Singh Shyam (1962 - 2001)

Ganesh aur Kekda Ki Kahani (story of Ganesh and crab)

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Sher Aur Suar Ki Kahani (the story of the tiger and the boar)

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Metaphor of a tippler

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Kateli tree (chameleon and cobweb)

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Ritual of Lagun Milai

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Phulwari Devi

Jangarh Singh Shyam (1962 - 2001)

Ganesh

Jangarh Singh Shyam (1962 - 2001)

Kasangar bird incubating its eggs

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Hathi Sund Kekde Ke Sharir Me (an elephant headed crab)

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Tiger

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Shiva’s trident conceived as a dancing peacock

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An episode from Pardhan myth of creation

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Shivalinga (Ghuri Dev)

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Cockfight

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Giant birds swooping on two beastly animals

Jangarh Singh Shyam (1962 - 2001)

Chipkali (lizard)

Jangarh Singh Shyam (1962 - 2001)