The new Museum of Art & Photography (MAP) in Bengaluru finally opens its doors on February 18. MAP came to the public through the donation of land and collections by the businessman Abhishek Poddar (born in 1968), and will continue to be run by the foundation without any governmental funding.
Its opening was delayed by several years due to the pandemic, but it has presented a few online exhibitions since 2022. Even after the physical opening, MAP plans to continue to its identity as a digital museum.
MAP is highly anticipated as a rare public institution in India with its extensive collection of South Asian paintings, artifacts and sculptures from the 10th century to the present day. The museum plans to place special emphasis on works that illustrate the development of Indian art after the independence. It will also focus on photography, which makes up the largest part of its collection.
MAP Museum of Art & Photography
Opening February 18, 2023
National Gallery Singapore is presenting “Liu Kuo-sung: Experimentation as Method,” a retrospective of contemporary Chinese ink master Liu Kuo-sung (b. 1932). Liu is celebrated for his mark in reinterpreting the Chinese tradition from a modern perspective against the conservative mode of the older generation of Chinese artists in the 1950s.
From the 1950s to the 1980s, there were radical movements towards the modernization of paintings in Asian countries like China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong, and the global abstract art movement. Liu participated in and interacted with those movements, but has achieved his unique styles and techniques, establishing himself as the leading contemporary ink painter.
The exhibition, the largest in scale among the Singapore Public Art Museum, offers a comprehensive look at the artist’s oeuvre spanning more than seven decades.
National Gallery Singapore
Liu Kuo-sung: Experimentation as Method
January 13, 2023 – November 26, 2023
The 6th edition of Dhaka Art Summit 2023, “Bonna,” took place from February 3 to 11. Biannual art exhibition in Bangladesh’s capital, the Dhaka Art Summit is a non-profit platform for research and exhibition. Founded in 2012 by the Samdani Art Foundation and the Ministry of Culture of Bangladesh, it serves as the center for researchers and artists from across South Asia to gather around.
The title “Bonna” in Bangla means ‘flood’ and is also commonly used as a girl’s name. Curated by Diana Campbell, the exhibition aimed to address life in crisis at a “planetary level,” with various themes including the convention of language, the global refugee crisis, the inner child in everyone, and the fluid and destructive aspects of water.
In 2022, millions of people in Bangladesh were affected by the disastrous flood caused by climate change, and the restoration is still ongoing. This exhibition brings together more than 160 artists from Bangladesh, South Asia, and further afield to address this urgent problem.
Dhaka Art Summit 2023
February 3, 2023 – February 11, 2023