Famed painter M. F. Husain brings free exhibition to Doha

Artworks are on display at Mathaf’s newest exhibition

Famed painter M. F. Husain brings free exhibition to Doha
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An exquisite exhibition featuring more than 100 works by one of the most prolific painters of the Indian subcontinent, M. F. Husain, is open to public viewing in Doha. M. F. Husain: Horses of the Sun, curated by the acclaimed Mumbai-based poet, art critic and cultural theorist, Ranjit Hoskote, features paintings, drawings, textile works and films, drawn from Qatar Foundation and Qatar Museums collections, as well as from private collections from the Gulf region and around the world.

Husain is a very well-known name among art aficionados. Known as the Picasso of India, his work is associated with Indian modernism in the ’40s. He was a foundational figure and a member of the vanguard formation known as Progressive Artists Group.

Every aspect of his life assumed mythic proportions, beginning with his birthdate. Although most assume he was born in 1915, his actual birthday is two years earlier. He died at the age of 98 and by then, most of his life had already formed an arc through one of the most tragic yet exhilarating centuries in human history.

The exhibition at Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art is the first large-scale exhibition of his works. Over a period of more than six decades, Husain cultivated the idea of home as something to remember from childhood, shaped in the present and to be discovered through exploration. He lived through two World Wars, the Cold War, Algeria and Vietnam, South Asia’s conflicts and the West Asian wars, all of which inspired his works. His chosen media ranged from oil painting and watercolour, through lithography and serigraphy, to sculpture, architecture and installation. He was also a film-maker, poet and memoirist, writing some of India’s most popular works in Urdu, Hindi and English.

As a major contributor to modern Indian culture and the history of art in the 20th century, Husain’s work captured through these 100 exhibits is an experience that should not be missed.

Almost a household name, Husain’s Horses of the Sun promises to be breathtaking and retrospective in more ways than one. Mark your calendars for this one.
Free. Open Sat-Thu 9am-7pm; Fri 1.30pm-7pm. Until July 31. Mathaf, Qatar Foundation, www.mathaf.org.qa.

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