This article was originally published in the Hindustan Times.
The Kiran Nadar Museum of Art (KNMA) is holding a preview of works by the Kala Vibhushan winning artist Rameshwar Broota.
Titled Visions of Interiority: Interrogating The Male Body, the retrospective, curated by Roobina Karode, features some of Broota’s finest works.
With an artistic career of over five decades, the retrospective showcases the artist’s works right from 1963. The exhibition includes works from various series created by Broota, including the Man Series, which delineates a prototype of a universal man, one who has withstood various trepidations and challenges put forth by time. Often dressed only in a vest, his nakedness is exposed to the viewer, but what is most overbearing is his loneliness and vulnerability.
Broota’s Metamorphosis series transports the viewer into a primordial landscape where the surface is layered with a dense carpet of flesh and veins, and at other times, a monolithic phallic structure dominates the picture.
With Counterparts, a series that Broota executed in 2009, he again altered the formal structure of his compositions. The dark cosmic void encountered in the previous paintings has been replaced by a pristine white background that further enhances the monumentality of the rendered objects.
“This is an opportunity for a whole lot of people to see my works, as they have seen it only in the few exhibitions that I have done over the last 50 years,” he says.