The special case of Kanthas in the museum space and speculation as a mode of curating.
Why did we choose M.F. Husain?
M.F. Husain – celebrated as one of India’s greatest modernists – is credited with popularising Indian art and bringing it to the international stage. There are few artists who have commanded the attention, the debate and awe that Husain has, over the course of his career. Born in Pandharpur to a middle-class Muslim family, Husain’s journey as an artist was multi-faceted and rich in experience. He painted a diverse range of subjects and themes throughout his artistic career, from Mother Teresa to horses to the British Raj. He also drew on the rich imagery of India’s mythology to create a whole body of work that, unfortunately , saw a barrage of criticism from certain sections of society forcing the artist to live his later years in self-exile in Dubai and London, and later in Qatar where he received his citizenship.
Husain’s contribution to Indian art and the journey of Indian modernism is unparalleled. He constantly experimented with different mediums and art forms looking for inspiration in the most unexpected places. Fleeting memories from his childhood and his adult life turn into significant motifs in his paintings, and it is this constant quest, both seeking and referencing his cultural roots that made Husain the most celebrated artist of our times. It is, thus, fitting for MAP to showcase one of the most interesting and influential artists in the history of Indian art as its first interactive digital persona.