File photo of K K Hebbar
File photo of K K Hebbar
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NGMA hosts retrospective of artist K K Hebbar's works

NetIndian News Network

New Delhi, November 22, 2011

The National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA) here has organised a retrospective exhibition of the works of K K Hebbar, one of India's seminal modern artists as part of the celebrations to mark his birth centenary.
The exhibition, titled "An Artist's Quest: K K Hebbar - A Retrospective" will be inaugurated this evening by Culture Secretary Jawhar Sircar, while renowned painter Krishen Khanna will be the guest of honour at the function.
This is the eighth retrospective organized by the NGMA as part of its endeavour to showcase the lifetime achievements of artists who have contributed their life in the field of art.
Curated by Rekha Rao, well known artist and Ms. Rajani Prasanna, art historian and also the daughters of K.K Hebbar, the exhibition brings together a large body of Hebbar’s drawings and paintings from every period of his life and traces the development of his thoughts and art through the years.
The exhibition is extensive and includes important works from different stages of his artistic development – from the early realistic and representational period to the great abstract paintings of the later stage, an official press release said.
Hebbar (1911-1996) was born in Karnataka. He received his diploma in painting from the Sir J.J School of Art in 1938 and he taught art at the school for a short period between 1940-1945. He later went to Europe and studied art at the Academy Julian in Paris. During his stay in Europe he was exposed to some of the best works of western art. It is on his return from Europe that Hebbar’s body of works began to take a definitive shape.
Hebbar was prolific in his output and won many awards including the National Award by the Lalit Kala Akademi in 1956, the Padma Shri Award in 1961 and Padma Bhushan in 1989. He served as the Chairman of the Lalit Kala Akademi (1980-84) and was the President of the Bombay Art Society in 1990. He died in 1996 at the age of 85.
Hebbar’s repertoire includes depictions of landscapes and metaphysical spaces; however, the majority of his work pertains to human beings- their interactions and conflicts, their suffering and resilience. He was particularly drawn to the unprivileged and simple rhythms of rural life. Dance and music provided him with boundless inspiration, reflected in graceful sketches and paintings that picturised the abstract core of the subject.
The exhibition also underscores the integral link between music and art. Both forms of creative expression search for an innate rhythm that defines the essence of the expression. In Hebbar’s art the search for that quintessential rhythm sublimates the image from mere representation to a metaphysical experience.
During the exhibition there will also be screenings of documentary films titled "A Tryst with K.K Hebbar, Artist and Innovator" and "K.K Hebbar- Palette to the Human Heat" at the NGMA auditorium daily at 11.00 am and 3.00 pm.
The exhibition was first inaugurated at the NGMA, Bangalore. After Delhi, the exhibition will travel to NGMA, Mumbai in January 2012, the release added.