This article was originally published in the Pioneer.

Rameshwar Broota’s works describe the man who has withstood various challenges put forth by time

His art career which has spanned more than six decades has not only seen the germination of many novel series but also the creation of an immensely inspiring and massive gamut of work. Rameshwar Broota began his career as an academic portrait painter but soon realised that his domain lay in a more intellectual language.

His initial works are enriched with symbolic imageries — narrating the socio-economic upheaval the country was experiencing at the time which marked the end of post-independence Nehruvian socialism. A selected collection of his works from 1963 till the present day is on exhibit at the Kiran Nadar Museum of Art (KNMA).

Curated by Roobina Karode, the exhibition brings a few of his greatest works under one roof. Highlights of the retrospective include works from various series including the Man and the Metamorphosis series.

Speaking about his retrospective, he shares, “I have come to believe that the amount of effort and commitment towards organising a retrospective with such huge works brought together on loan is an incredible exercise which only a private museum can do and the Kiran Nadar Museum of Art has proved it once again with my retrospective. 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.”

In the Man series the artist 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.

The 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 executed in 2009, he once again alters 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The dark cosmic void encountered in the previous paintings has been replaced by a pristine white background that further enhances the monumentality of the rendered objects. The exhibition will continue till December 30.