Phenomenal Nature

Mrinalini Mukherjee

MAP is delighted to loan to a major Mrinalini Mukherjee retrospective titled Phenomenal Nature at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

4 June, 2019 - 29 September, 2019
The Met Breuer, New York

MAP is thrilled to loan an artwork to the first international retrospective of pioneering artist Mrinalini Mukherjee at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, titled Phenomenal Nature.

One of India’s significant modernist female artists, Mrinalini Mukherjee (1949 – 2015) was an intuitive sculptor who explored the divide between figuration and abstraction. Nature was her primary inspiration, and she was further informed by her enthusiasm for Indian historic sculpture, modern design, and local crafts and textile traditions.

Curated by Dr. Shanay Jhaveri, Assistant Curator of South Asian Art at The Met, Phenomenal Nature will highlight the radical intervention Mukherjee made in her adaptation of crafting techniques with a modernist formalism. Commencing with her earliest works of knotted jute and other natural fibres conceived under the tutelage of her teacher, K. G. Sybramanyan, an influential artist-pedagogue who rejected the Western hierarchy between art and craft, the exhibition will trace Mukherjee’s extraordinary oeuvre including her significant forays into ceramic and bronze towards the middle and latter half of her career.


About The Met Breuer

The Met, founded in 1870, is the largest art museum in the United States of America. Its collection includes more than two million works spanning five centuries of art from around the world. It lives in three iconic sites in New York City—The Met Fifth Avenue, The Met Breuer, and The Met Cloisters. Opened in 2016 and housed in the landmark building designed originally by the great Bauhaus architect Marcel Breuer, The Met Breuer is dedicated to modern and contemporary art, enabling visitors to engage with the art of the 20th and 21st centuries through a range of exhibitions, commissions, performances, and artist residencies.

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