HCMC museum exhibits Indian masterpieces

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Copies of 29 paintings by famous artists Indian are on displayed at the Ho Chi Minh City Museum of Fine Arts until July 6, reported newswire Vnexpress Sunday.

Titled "Kalpana: Masterpieces of Figurative Indian Contemporary Paintings", the exhibition is co-held by Indian Council for Cultural Relations and the Consulate General of India in the city.

Opened on June 29 with the participation of several local people and painters on the occasion of Vietnam-India Friendship Year 2012 -- which marks 40 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries -- the event showcased high-quality digital reprints of some of the most renowned works by 14 Indian painters.

The artists include Jamini Roy (1887-1972), Amrita Shjergil, M. F. Husain, F. N Souza, Tyeb Mehta, Anjolie Ela Menon, Manjit Bawa, Arpana Caur and several others.

According to Ma Thanh Cao, the museum's director, the exhibition features a diverse range of works by artists who represent different regions of India in different time periods and also displays their unique styles, marking the rise of Indian arts from colonialism into new era of freedom in the arts.

Paintings of Jamini Roy represent the Kalighat Pat folk art style of Bengal, whereas rural India has distinctive depictions under the talent of Amrita Shergil, and A. Ramachandran expresses Hindu mythological themes.

Bold works by M.F. Hussain, dubbed the "Picasso of India," and the feminist concerns of Arpana Caur are also featured at Kalpana, curated by India's eminent artist Anjolie Ela Menon,

The HCMC Museum of Fine Arts is located on 97A Pho Duc Chinh Street, Thai Binh Ward, District 1.

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