Wednesday, June 29, 2011

East Meets West At Centre Pompidou

Image: Centre Pompidou
Paris-Dehli-Bombay at Center Pompidou
Until September 19, 11h-21h, 11h-23h Thurs.
Metro: Rambuteau

Paris-Dehli-Bombay is an exhibition with two ambitious aims. One is to provide an insight into the cultural landscape of this immensely diverse country to a French audience that know little about it.

If Paris-Dehli-Bombay succeeds in transmitting the wealth of creativity in modern day India's contemporary artists and presenting a tableau of the country in the early hours of the 21st century, I wonder if it effectively tackles a cultural dialogue between France and India. Could there have been more documentation on the history of cultural exchange between the two countries? Should there have been space for Amrita Sher Gil, the Indian painter who worked and trained in 1930s Paris, for example? Or for Le Corbusier’s project at Chandigarh?

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