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Sculpting in Time

February 3, 2018

Sculpting in Time
A Retrospective of Six Decades of Balan Nambiar’s Engagement with Materiality
Curated by Sadanand Menon

An exhibition organized by National Gallery of Modern Art, Bengaluru
Ministry of Culture, Government of India

Sculpting in Time, an exhibition of a life time of creative works by 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 hisstudent days. The earliest work in the exhibition was done in 1957. The exhibition comprises drawings in cont.& Indian ink, charcoal, pastels and paintingsin water colour and oils. About sixty jewellery enamel paintings on silver and copper,a1 I done at the studio of Paolo De Poli in Italy, are significant in the Indian art context. Indoor and outdoor sculptures in bronze, mild steel and stainless steel are on show.

Also being shown for the first time area 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 in 1982; Constructa-78, Hannover, 1978; Triennale India, New Delhi, 1975. His works are in the permanent collection of many museums, corporate bodies and institutions. He is the recipient of the Karnataka Lalit Kala Academy Award, 1980 and the Lalit Kala Academy’s National Award, 1981, for his sculptures. He received the Senior Fellowship of the Ministry of Culture in 1982-83 and the Nehru Fellowship in 1983, for academic research. He is a Fellow of the Lalit Kala Academy and the Sangeetha Nataka Academy of Kerala. He received the Raja Ravi Verma Puraskaram in 2015.

He was acting chairman, Lalit Kala Academi, Delhi; member, Central Advisory Board on Culture and the Centre for Cultural Resources and Training. He was also Co-Chairman of the Committee on Art Administration Strategy of Karnataka Knowledge Commission.

Nambiar is the author of the Malayalam book “ViraliPattu, Valampiri Shanka and Kannadi Bimbam”.

Lectures, panel discussion, music concerts, film shows and gallery walks are scheduled during the month long exhibition.

Students from Nambiar’s art classes since 1971 will inaugurate by lighting the traditional Teeyam ritual altar deepa and Live ‘Mizhavu Melam’ drumming

on Sunday | 4th February 2018 | 6:00 PM
The exhibition will be on view till 3rd of March, 2018, 10 AM to 5 PM
(Mondays and National Holidays closed)

National Gallery of Modern Art
# 49, Manikyavelu Mansion,
Palace Road,
Bengaluru 560 052.

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