The National Gallery of Modern Art Bengaluru Ministry of Culture, Government of India is presenting “Sculpting in Time” an exhibition of a life time of creative works by Sri Balan Nambiar, curated by Sadanand Menon. The catalogue design and exhibit displays are by Rm Palaniappan. The exhibition spans six decades of Balan Nambiar’s artistic journey, starting with his student days. The earliest work in the exhibition was done in 1957. The exhibition comprises drawings in conte, Indian ink, charcoal, pastels and paitings in water colour and oils. About sixty jewellery enamel paintings on silver and copper, all done at the studio of Paolo De Poli in Italy, are significant in the Indian art contest. Indoor and outdoor sculptures in bronze, mild steel and stainless steel are on show. Also being shown for the very first time are a selection of the artist’s photographs documenting Teyyam and Bhuta and other ritual art forms, some of them now extinct. Nambiar’s creative works have been exhibited in National and international art exhibitions, including Venice Biennale 1982, Contructa-78 in Hanover in 1978, Triennale India in New Delhi in 1975. His works are in the permanent collection of many museums, corporate bodies and institutions. He is the recipient of the Karnataka State Award in 1980 and The Lalit Kala Academy’s National Awardin 1981 for his sculptures. He has been a Senior Fellowship of the Ministry of Culture in 1982-83 and a Nehru Fellow of Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Fund in 1983-85 for academic research. He is the recipient of Fellowships from the Lalit Kala Academy, the Sangeetha Nataka Academy of Kerala and Raja Ravi Verma Puraskaram. He had been acting chairman of Lalit Kala Akademi, Delhi, Member of the Central Advisory Board on Culture, Centre for Cultural Resources and Training, and Co – Chairman of the Committee on Art Administration Strategy of Karnataka Knowledge Commission, among others. Nambiar is the author of the Malayalam book “Virali Pattu, Valampiri Shanka and Kannadi Bimbam”. Lectures, panel discussion, music concert, film shows and gallery walks are scheduled during the month long exhibition.
When: The exhibition will be on view for public till March 4, 2018 everyday from 10 am – 5 pm.
Where: National Gallery of Modern Art, # 49, Manikyavelu Mansion, Palace Road, Bangalore