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"S.H. Raza (1922-2016)" on View Through May 15, 2023, at Centre Pompidou

Sayed Haider Raza, ‘Udho, Heart is Not Ten or Twenty,’ 1964. Gift of the Chester and Davida Herwitz Collection, 2003. Courtesy Peabody Essex Museum, hors Collection. ©The Raza Foundation. All rights reserved / Adagp, Paris

The Centre Pompidou, Europe’s largest museum of modern art, is presenting a major solo exhibition of Indian-born painter Sayed Haider Raza (1922-2016), one of India’s leading contemporary artists, through May 15.

He founded the Progressive Artists’ Group, a collective of young artists in India after its independence in 1947, and sought to embrace international modernist styles in response to the retrospective and nationalist painting styles of colonial Indian art.

He later lived and worked as a modernist painter in France from 1950 to 2011 before returning to India, where he died in 2016. Throughout his life, Raja continued to experiment as an international modernist painter, exploring traditional Indian motifs and painting styles while absorbing various styles of Western modernism.

With more than 100 works, this exhibition chronicles the evolution of Raza’s oeuvre, celebrating his achievements in leading contemporary Indian art and revealing the cross-cultural intersections of the 20th century.

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