VMH & DAG Museums

VMH & DAG Museums

3D exhibitions

  • VMH & DAG Museums

    Time Travelling through Art

    16 Aug 2020 – 31 Oct 2020

  • VMH & DAG Museums

    An Inheritance of Imaginations

    07 Aug 2020 – 06 Sep 2020

    Enchanting worlds of fables, myths and stories come together in ‘The Inheritance of Imaginations,’ an exhibition of the works of three siblings of the Tagore family - Abanindranath, Gaganendranath and Sunayani Devi. At the turn of the twentieth century, artists and educationists in Bengal began to consider viable alternatives to colonial education that would be rooted in syncretic cultural traditions. Abanindranath’s dream of a pan-Asian artistic identity found expression in his delightful retellings of stories from around the world, while Gaganendranath’s eclectic imagination transported viewers to liminal worlds of tales, familiar and unfamiliar. Yet, their art never lacked a lighter touch, as when they satirized through caricatures the mindless mimicking of Western cultures. Sunayani Devi, their sister, sought inspiration in stories and images passed down through generations, describing them in her paintings with languid lines and an ethereal wash. Taken together, their works seem as relevant today as when they were painted. We lose ourselves amid a flurry of colours, otherworldly forms and words, taking heart from the fact that even by breaking conventional rules of learning - none of them received academic training in art - the stories they passed down reoriented our shared legacy of images, identities and imaginations. No artwork displayed is for sale. Artworks that appear in the virtual exhibition may not be to scale.

    latest works

    • Nandalal Bose

      Untitled (Bapu-ji), c. 1930s
      18 x 11.7 inch (h x w)
      Graphite on Tracing Paper
    • Abanindranath Tagore

      The Passing of Shah Jahan, 1903
      14.5 x 9.7 inch (h x w)
      Chromolithograph on paper
    • Popular print

      Attack of the Mutineers on the Redan battery at Lucknow
      9 x 10.5 inch (h x w)
      Etching and aquatint on paper, 1857
    • Anonymous (Kalighat)

      Untitled (Rama Durbar)
      17.7 x 11.2 inch (h x w)
      Engraving, Water colour and colloidal tin on paper
    • Rabin Mondal

      Man Acting as King
      32 x 33 inch (h x w)
      Oil on canvas
    • H. Lewis

      The Dussarah Durbar of His Highness Maharaja of Mysore
      23.2 x 33 inch (h x w)
      Engraving on paper
    • Asit Kumar Haldar

      Queen Prabhavati
      28.7 x 20.5 inch (h x w)
      Water colour on handmade paper
    • James Baillie Fraser

      A View of the Scotch Church
      13.2 x 18.2 inch (h x w)
    • anonymous

      Untitled (Kurukshetra)
      32.5 x 45 inch (h x w)
      Oil on canvas
    • anonymous

      Untitled (Sarpa Satra or Snake Sacrifice)
      28 x 38 inch (h x w)
      Oil and alloyed tin on canvas
    • anonymous

      Untitled (Draupadi's Vastraharan)
      24 x 34.2 inch (h x w)
      Oil on canvas
    • Charles D'Oyly

      Hindoo Mut in Chitpore Bazaar
      14 x 22 inch (h x w)
      Hand coloured lithograph
    • Chittaprosad

      Bangladesh War
      44.2 x 57.7 inch (h x w)
      Ink and graphite on paper pasted on paper
    • Chittaprosad

      Meal Time at the Hospital
      10 x 14.5 inch (h x w)
      Brush and ink on paper
    • Zainul Abedin

      Untitled (Man sitting head in hands)
      8.7 x 8.7 inch (h x w)
      Woodcut on newsprint paper

    • Ramkinkar Baij

      Untitled (Stone Quarrying and Studies for Yaksha)
      6.2 x 7.7 inch (h x w)
    • James Baillie Fraser

      A View of the Writers' Buildings
      13.2 x 18.2 inch (h x w)
      Handtinted engraving on paper
    • William Tayler

      The Triumphal Reception of the Seikh Guns, 1846
      Engraving and hand-tinted with water colour on paper
    • Quote
      60 x 60 inch (h x w)
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