When two worlds meet

Imagine a cylinder, which is used as a measuring instrument for liquids in science, serving as the base for an artist to give a wide-angle view of a photograph or a hand being used in a painting in such a way that it seems it is holding a bridge? These are some of the optical illusions that viewers will get to see at From Organic Forms To Light Art, an exhibition that not only celebrates the amalgamation of science and art but also gives people an opportunity to see the works of Hungarian artists.

Architect Jozsef Finta juxtaposes architectural sketches of the bridges in Hungary with the country’s panorama

Like India, Hungary boasts of a rich cultural heritage. But after the two world wars, artists were displaced. Though they continued to create art works, some of them never got an opportunity to display them in their homeland. From Organic Forms To Light Art is an outcome of the cultural exchange programme between Hungary and India. The event, which will open on November 16 at the National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA) and end on December 5, will showcase the works of 40 artists and feature organic art, figurative and non-figurative works, light  art, graphics, scriptures and geometric art.

A 2008 work titled Ejszaka Velence by artist Laszlo Tenek, who used optical illusion in his paintings

Curated by Attilia Csaji, vice president Hungarian Academy of Arts, it traces the development of the country’s cultural roots. Shivaprasad Khened, director of NGMA, Mumbai, says, “The event coincides with the Hungarian Prime Minister’s visit to India. It is being organised under the aegis of a memorandum of understanding that was signed earlier this year between the NGMA and the Hungarian Information and Cultural Centre. The exhibition opened at the capital last month and now comes to Mumbai. Hungary has always been the threshold of art, architecture and science. After the twin world wars, Hungarian artists moved away from the country. Over a period time, they started grouping and functioned as a collective. The works on display in this exhibition are a part of that

When: November 16-December 5, 11 am to 6 pm
Where: National Gallery of Modern Art, Sir Cowasji Jehangir Public Hall
M G Road, Kala Ghoda Call: 22881969 - 70 

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