SEP 14 – Artist Manish Harijan recently made the front page of many dailies in the country for the controversy stirred up by his collection The Rise of the Collateral. Featuring images of Eastern religious icons interspersed with those of Western superheroes, Harijan’s paintings came under attack when members of the World Hindu Federation (WHF) condemned the artist’s ‘outrageous portrayal’ of Hindu figures, even issuing him a death threat. Harijan’s solo exhibition had been on display at the Siddhartha
KATHMANDU, SEP 12 – A day after he received death threats for “outrageous portrayal of Hindu gods” in his paintings, Manish Harijan on Wednesday came under strict scrutiny of the Kathmandu District Administration Office (DAO), which also decided to seal the Siddhartha Art Gallery, where the paintings are on display since August 22. Officials said discussions were underway to ascertain whether the 11 paintings in question have hurt religious sentiments. A group led by one Hem Bahadur Karki, a memberREAD MORE
KATHMANDU, AUG 27 – Super Nataraj I, a work of art that has become a visibly powerful and easily recognised representation among art circles in the Capital of Manish Harijan’s ongoing exhibition, The Rise of the Collateral at the Siddartha Art Gallery, best speaks of the theme that binds together the 11 works on display. The painting brings who is perhaps the most enduring of all super heroes (he is known as Super Man, after all) together with one
KATHMANDU, AUG 21 – The Rise of the Collateral, a new series of paintings by Manish Harijan is set to go on exhibit at the Siddartha Art Gallery, Babarmahal, from today. A recipient of the KCAC’s Margaret Washington Memorial Scholarship Award, the artist is a graduate of the Kathmandu University’s Centre for Art and Design. The 11 paintings that will be displayed at the gallery till September 20 have all been created during the artist’s eight-month KCAC residency.
The paintings inREAD MORE
KATHMANDU, AUG 04 – Art culture has expanded to the point where someone could make a full time job out of attending each and every exhibition be it for art, photography, installations, and even fashion. But most do not have the luxury of making it to every event and so there is the risk of attending exhibitions which disappoint, or worse, missing out on those worthy of attention. The BFA Exhibition Project 2012, open since Monday, July 30, atREAD MORE
JUL 31 – It never stops and it never ends”—pieces of paper containing phrases such as this one, cut out from international magazines like TIME, are scattered on the floor like leaves newly dropped from trees in the autumn. The visual—of words fallen to the earth—is arresting somehow, designed as if to depict weakness, loss of power and strength. And that is the sort of poignant imagery that Kathmandu University’s newest exhibition at the Nepal Art Council abounds in.
Kanchan G Burathoki
By the time I arrived at Bindu Gurung’s installation, two hours after I had started my tour of KUart’s BFA Exhibition Project 2012, I was starting to get hungry.
As Bindu explained her work, she pulled out a drawer in a cabinet (installed within her work), to reveal a pile of Mango Tart candies. I immediately grabbed one. But my reaction was less to do with hunger and more to do with nostalgia that had kicked in.
Bindu calls herREAD MORE
Kathmandu University, School of Arts, Centre for Art and Design is pleased to announce the opening of BFA Exhibition Project 2012. H.E. Mr. Jayanta Prasad, the Ambassador of India to Nepal and Prof. Dr. Suresh Raj Sharma, Vice Chancellor, Kathmandu University have kindly consented to jointly inaugurate the function on 30 July 2012, Monday at 30:30 pm at Nepal Art Council Gallery, Babarmahal, Kathmandu.
The exhibiting students are:
Anil Shahi, Anja Warzecha, Bindu Gurung, Laxman Bazra Lama, Nabin Nalbo, Sapana Shah, SujanREAD MORE
Kanchan G Burathoki
In June this year, we had 14 artists presenting their ceramic creations in “Expressions in Clay.” Then Meena Kayastha had her first solo exhibition of sculptures titled “Lyrics from the Junkyard” in August. Working once again with junk materials are 29 second-year undergraduate students of Kathmandu University Center for Art & Design (KUart). Currently on show at the Araniko Gallery of Nepal Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) at Naxal in Kathmandu is their collective exhibit titled “Junked.”
The studentsREAD MORE
As you enter the Siddhartha Art Gallery at Baber Mahal Revisited, you are greeted by the bright gallery lights, a somewhat not appropriate, yet icebreaking radio pounding Nepali rhythms and the familiarity of an empty art gallery. Yes, familiarity, since art galleries seem to be rarely frequented in Nepal. But maybe it is better this way—art lovers are at their leisure as they glance, admire, and wonder of the meaning behind each piece in calm solitude. In thisREAD MORE
KATHMANDU: Creativity knows no boundary and it can manifest in any form using any medium. The ceramic and terra cotta works on display at the Siddhartha Art Gallery since June 23 brings to life the above statement.
Those who picturise abstract sculptures when they hear ceramic work are in for a surprise. This collection that came out of a workshop initiated by senior ceramic artist Kalapremi Shrestha is true to the title of the exhibition ‘Expressions in Clay’.
Swosti Rajbhandari’s ‘Divided Soul’READ MORE
KATHMANDU, MAR 02 – R N Joshi Center for Fine Art founded by late R N Joshi in 1970, has provided, over the years, a unique platform to learn, share, and experience contemporary art. Also known as Park gallery, the centre has conducted art classes and workshops, created an art centre, and organised art exhibitions, a recent one being ‘Disguised harmony 2’ featuring the visual artist Bijaya Maharjan.
The exhibition is a second solo attempt of Maharjan, a graduate in painting
Pranab Man Singh
JAN 14 – The artistic output of a society is a reflection of its aesthetic consciousness and the socio-economic structures within which these works are produced. Given this, the artistic production of any society is a window towards its self-awareness, appraisal and sophistication. Until recently, most of Nepal’s traditional artistic output was commissioned and produced within strict religious or craft-specific guidelines. The scale and complexity of such productions, especially the temples and courtyards in the Valley, are representative
DEC 20 – Inaugurated by band members of 1974 AD and Manisha Koirala, Sujan Chitrakar’s collaborative solo from the series ‘ARTivities’ has been on exhibit at the Siddhartha Art Gallery since Friday. A union of ‘art’ and ‘activities’, ARTivities intended its audience to talk about art. The audience definitely spoke about Chitrakar’s work as his signature ‘bubble speech’ and the poster edges really seemed to astound them. The exhibition brings together paintings from national and international artists within Chitrakar’s
KATHMANDU, June 25: June was a prolific month for everyone associated with Kathmandu University’s Centre for Art and Design. With 12 of their graduating students putting together their solo exhibitions, the University presented a diverse faculty of artistic talents not just for Nepal but the global art field.
Retrospection on the BFA Solo Exhibition Project 09 had the new batch offering varied perspectives on contemporary art in Nepal. It saw students working on youth culture, traditional patterns, religious and culturalREAD MORE