The Shape of Things
A. Bala

The Shape of Things

Discover MAP Artists
Age: 10+

Abstract art is a curiosity that evades standard definitions, but within art historical timelines is usually understood as an art movement in the early 20th century. Some people note however, that signs of abstraction can be seen in the material traces of the earliest civilisations of the world and even in the prehistoric cave paintings, if you look carefully!

This pack explores the work of a prominent Indian abstract artist in the MAP collection – Alwar Balasubramaniam, more popularly known as A. Bala, whose work is often about making the invisible visible! 

This Discover MAP pack includes:

  • An artist exploration guide – Look at A. Bala’s works and puzzle out what they reveal or play with
  • MAP Activity Sheet – Create abstract art by rolling the dice with chance today
  • MAP DIY Guide – Make your Bala-inspired work that deals with the Big Ideas in life

[ZIP file with 3 PDFs]

In Focus
Discover MAP Themes
Age: 10+

In Focus

Learn about studio portraiture – from the beginnings of photography to contemporary times.

Dreamscapes
Discover MAP Artists
Age: 10+

Dreamscapes

Exploring the works of one of India’s finest contemporary female artists.

Inside/Outside
Discover MAP Themes
Age: 10+

Inside/Outside

Explore the representations of spaces in art that are blur the lines, between inside and outside, between the real and imagined.