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M F Husain



Education  Self-taught Exhibitions  2014 'Post-Picasso: Contemporary Reactions', Museum Picasso of Barcelona, Barcelona 2013 'Maqbool', Soverign fze, Dubai 2013 'Ram Kumar and the Bombay Progressives: The Form and the Figure Part II', Aicon Gallery, New York 2013 'Pioneers of Modernism', Sovereign FZE, Dubai 2013 'Ideas of the Sublime', presented by Vadehra Art Gallery at Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi 2013 'The Discerning Eye: Modern Masters', Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi 2013 'The Naked and the Nude: The Body in Indian Modern Art', Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi 2012 'Iconic Processions', Aicon Gallery, New York 2012 'Gallery Collection', Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi 2012 'Indian Highway VI', organized in collaboration with the Serpentine Gallery, London, and the Astrup Fearnley Museet, Oslo, Norway at The Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA), Beijing 2012 'Between 2 Lines', organised by Doha Bank and Blue Mosaic in association with Sotheby’s at Doha Bank Tower, Doha 2012 'Contemporary: A Selection of Modern and Contemporary Art', presented by Sakshi Gallery at The Park, Chennai 2012 'Through the Ages: South Asian Sculpture and Painting from Antiquity to Modernism', Aicon Gallery, New York 2012 'Crossings: Time Unfolded, Part 2', Kiran Nadar Museum of Art (KNMA), New Delhi 2012 Gallery Basilio, Bangladesh 2011-12 Presented by ICIA at The Arts Trust, Mumbai 2011-12 Institute of Contemporary Indian Art (ICIA), Mumbai 2011-12 'The Body Unbound', Rubin Museum of Art, New York 2011 'A Tribute to MF Husain', Royal Academy of Arts, London 2011 'The Path of the Lotus: Indian Art', Grosvenor Gallery, London 2011 'Modern Masters', Aicon Gallery, New York 2011-12 'Indian Highway', in collaboration with the Serpentine Gallery, London and the Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo at MAXXI: Museum of XXI Century Arts, Rome 2011 ‘Manifestations VI', Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi 2011 'States of Departure: Progressives to Present Day', Aicon Gallery, London 2011 'Celebrating Husain', Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi 2011 'POP: Progressives on Paper', Aicon Gallery, New York Selected Solo Exhibitions 2010 'M F Husain 2010 – The World is my Canvas', organised by Museum of Islamic Art (MIA), Qatar Foundation and as part of 2010 Arab Capital of Culture 2010 'M.F. Husain: Early Masterpieces 1950s–70s', sponsored by the Year of India, the Cogut Center for the Humanities, and the David Winton Bell Gallery at David Winton Bell Gallery, Providence 2006-07 ‘Epic India: Paintings by M. F. Husain’, Herwitz Collection of Contemporary Indian Art, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA 2006 ‘Early Masterpieces 1950-70’s’, Asia House Gallery, London 2005 ‘Exhibition of Prints’, Collector’s Paradise Gallery, Mumbai 2004 ‘Husain (An Exhibition of Graphic Prints in Honor of M S Subbalakshmi), Lakshana Museum of Fine Arts, Chennai 2004 'And Not Just 88: Husain in Oils', National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), Mumbai 2004 ‘Husain: Graphic 2004’, Pictures and Frames, Mumbai 2003 ’88 Husains in Oils 003', Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi 2003 ‘Husain Hieroglyph’, Pundole Art Gallery, Mumbai 2003 ’88 Husains in Oils 003', Pundole Art Gallery, Mumbai 2003 ‘Thief of Baghdad’, Pundole Art Gallery, Mumbai 2003 ’88 Husains in Oils 003', Gallerie 88, Kolkata 2003 Paris 2002 ‘Paintings and Serigraphs by Husain’, Sarjan Art Gallery, Baroda 2002 ‘M .F Husain, Limited Edition Graphics and Reproduction’, Sakshi Gallery in association with Archer Art Gallery, Ahmedabad 2002 ‘Madhuri as Saratchandra’s Chandramukhi: The Eternal Enchantress of Devdas’, Tao Art Gallery, Mumbai 2000 ‘Paintings, Murals and Drawings, Husain Ki Sarai Collection’, New Delhi 1998 ‘Maqbool Fida Husain: The Beacon of Energy’, The Window, Mumbai 1998 ‘Husain Now’, Centre for International Modern Art (CIMA), Kolkata 1996 ‘From Sinhasan to Peacock Throne to the Chair of the 21st Century: M. F Husain and Jehangir Nagree Exhibition of Furniture’, organized by The Living Room at Taj Mahal Hotel, Mumbai 1996 ‘Exhibition of Water Colors and Object Based Works’, Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai 1996 Screening of Film ‘Gaja Gamini’, along with an Exhibition of Lithographs and Site Specific Works, New Delhi 1995 ‘Maqbool Fida Husain’, Art Today, New Delhi 1995 ’14 Serigraphs on Madhuri Dixit’, Surya Gallery, Hyderabad 1995 ‘A Visual Script of ‘Untitled Film on Madhuri’, Pundole Art Gallery, Mumbai 1994 ‘Tapestry Show’, Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi 1994 ‘Oils on Canvas’, 31st Anniversary Exhibition, Pundole Art Gallery, Mumbai 1993 ‘Let History Cut Across Me Without Me’, organized by Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi at National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), New Delhi 1993 ‘Civilization, Violence and Pather Panchali’, at National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), New Delhi 1992 ‘Six Days of Live Painting’, Tata Centre, Kolkata 1991 ‘Knight Watch’, Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi 1991 ‘Shwetambari’, Installation at Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai 1991 ‘Front Page’, Centre for Contemporary art (CCA), New Delhi 1990 ‘Theatre of the Absurd’, Installations, New Delhi 1989 ‘Calcutta 300’, Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi 1988 ‘Husain’, Hunter Museum of art, Tennessee, USA 1986 ‘Images of the Raj’, Sista’s Art Gallery, Bangalore 1983 ‘Story of a Brush’, Pundole Art Gallery, Mumbai 1982 ‘Culture of the Streets’, Pundole Art Gallery, Mumbai 1981 ‘Culture of the Streets’, Art Heritage, New Delhi 1981 ‘Les Otages – Mere Theresa’, Galerie Jourdan, Montreal, Canada 1980 ‘Mother and Child: A Tribute to Mother Teresa’, Calcutta Art Gallery, Kolkata 1979 ‘Husain in Malaysia’, The Hilton, Kuala Lumpur 1978 ‘Ragmala Paintings’, Centaur Hotel, Mumbai 1978 ‘Sufi Paintings’, Pundole Art Gallery, Mumbai 1978 ‘Portrait of an Umbrella’, Art Heritage, New Delhi 1978 ‘Retrospective’, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi 1975 ‘Maqbool Fida Husain’, Sarla Art Centre, Chennai 1974 Commonwealth Art Centre, London, UK 1974 Moscow Museum of Oriental Art, Moscow 1974 ‘Paintings by Husain’, Worcester Art Museum, USA 1973 ‘Retrospective’, Birla Academy of art and Culture, Kolkata 1973 Espace Cardin, Paris 1972 ‘Paintings 1971’, Pundole Art Gallery, Mumbai 1971 Ashoka Hotel, New Delhi 1969 ’21 Years of Painting’, Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai 1968 ‘Images of Kerala’, Pundole Art Gallery, Mumbai 1968 ‘Six Days of Making: Movements and Moods in Paintings’, Shridharani Gallery, New Delhi 1967 New York, Poland and Czechoslovakia 1966 Mumbai 1966 Oberoi Hotel, New Delhi 1965 ‘Drawings: The Arab Image’, Gallery Chemould, Mumbai, Kolkata and New Delhi; Gallery Waisty, Baghdad and Kabul 1964 Dhoomimal Art Gallery, New Delhi 1962 Ashoka Gallery, Kolkata 1962 Mumbai and New Delhi 1961 Ashoka Gallery, Kolkata 1961 Gallery Chemould, Mumbai 1961 Gallery Palse, Rome 1961 Tokyo 1960 Gallery Palse, Rome 1960 Kunst Kabinet, Frankfurt 1956 Gallery Palette, Zurich 1956 Gallery Mannes, Prague 1950 Bombay Art Society, Mumbai Selected Group Exhibitions 2011 'Continuum', Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi 2010-11 'Figure/Landscape: Part Two', Aicon Gallery, London 2010 'Figure/Landscape: Part One', Aicon Gallery, New York 2010 'Who Has Seen Gandhi?', presented by Tangerine Art Space at Raj Bhavan; KynKyny Art Gallery and Tangerine Art Space, Bangalore 2010 'The Modernists', RL Fine Arts, New York 2010 'The Progressives & Associates', Grosvenor Gallery, London 2010 'From Miniature to Modern: Traditions in Transition', Rob Dean Art, London in association with Pundole Art Gallery, Mumbai 2010 'Symbols and Metaphors', Centre of International Modern Art (CIMA), Kolkata 2010 'Masters of Maharashtra', collection from Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi at Piramal Gallery, National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA), Mumbai 2009,10 'Master Class', The Arts Trust, Mumbai 2009 'Bharat Ratna! Jewels of Modern Indian Art', Museum of Fine Arts, Boston 2009 'In Search of the Vernacular', Aicon Gallery, New York 2009 'Indian Harvest', presented by Crimson- The Art Resouce, Bangalore at SG Private Banking, Singapore 2009 'Long Gone & Living Now', Gallerie Mirchandani + Steinreucke, Mumbai 2009 'Kalpana: Figurative Art in India', presented by The Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) at Aicon Gallery, London; The Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) 2009 'Progressive to Altermodern: 62 Years of Indian Modern Art', Grosvenor Gallery, London 2008-09 'Signs Taken for Wonders: Recent Art from India and Pakistan', Aicon Gallery, London 2008 'Frame Figure Field: 20th Century Modern and Contemporary Indian Art', Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi 2008 'Modern and Contemporary Indian Art', Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi 2008 'Multiple Modernities: India, 1905-2005', Philadelphia Museum of Art, USA 2008 ‘Freedom 2008 – Sixty Years of Indian Independence’, Centre for International Modern Art (CIMA), Kolkata 2008 'Tales, Reflection and Constructs', Galerie 88, Kolkata 2008 ‘Exhibition of Seri–Prints’, Studio Vasant, New Delhi 2007 ‘Gateway Bombay’, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA 2007 ‘From the Vault’, Aicon Gallery, London and New York 2007 ‘Epic India: Paintings by M F Husain’, Peabody Essex Museum, Massachusetts, USA 2006 ‘Pictorial Glimpses’, National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), Mumbai 2006 ‘Summer Show’, Centre for International Modern Art (CIMA), Kolkata 2006 ‘M F Husain: Early Masterpieces 1950s-70s’, Asia House, London 2006 ‘The Moderns Revisited’, Grosvenor Vadehra, London 2006 ‘Shadow Lines’, Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi 2006 ‘Making of Divinity’, Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai 2005 ‘Manifestations III’, organized by Delhi Art Gallery at Nehru Center, Mumbai and Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi. 2005 ‘Drishti / Vision: Indian Contemporary Artists’, Valentine Willie Fine Art (VWFA), Kuala Lumpur 2005 ‘Evoking Rasa in Luminous Visions: Indian Art’, Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, MA 2005 ‘Ashta Nayak: Eight Pioneers of Indian Art’, Aicon Gallery, New York 2005 ‘The Sacred Feminine’, Shridharani Gallery, New Delhi 2005 ‘Still Life: The Inscrutable Genre’, Art Motif, New Delhi 2004 ’20 / 20 – A Vision: Looking Back / Looking Forward’, Apparao Galleries, Chennai 2004 ‘Ruminations’, Taj Mahal Hotel, Mumbai; The Forum, New Delhi; Windsor Manor Hotel, Bangalore; Museum Gallery, Mumbai 2004 ‘Jiva / Life’, Bodhi Art, Singapore 2004 ‘Portrait of a Decade’, Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai 2004 ‘Manifestations II’, organized by Delhi Art Gallery at Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai and Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi. 2004 ‘Concept and Form’, Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi 2003 ‘Anniversary Master Strokes’, Art Musings, Mumbai 2003 ‘Manifestations I’, organized by Delhi Art Gallery at World Trade Center, Mumbai and Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi. 2002 ‘Art Musings 2002’, Art Musings, Mumbai 2002 ‘Colors of India’, organized by Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Kolkata at Mumbai 2001 ‘Anniversary Return to Eden’, Art Musings, Mumbai 2001 ‘Modern Indian Art’, Metropolitan Pavilion, New York 2000 ‘Distillations’, Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Kolkata 2000 ‘Timeless Vision: Contemporary Art from the Herwitz Collection’, Haggerty Museum of Art, Milwaukee, WI 2000 New Works, The Fine Art Resource, Berlin 1998 ‘Ruminations’, Apollo Apparao Galleries, Mumbai 1998 ‘The Window’, Mumbai 1997 ‘Indian Painters Having Lives in France’, Alliance Francaise, Pondicherry 1997 ‘The Indian Beast’, Apparao Galleries, Chennai 1997 ‘Inaugural Exhibition’, Art Indus, New Delhi 1997 ‘Tribute to Mother Teressa’, Art Indus, New Delhi 1997 ‘The Keehn Collection: Important Paintings of Post Independence India’, Bose Pacia, New York 1997 ‘Colors of Independence’, National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), New Delhi 1996 ‘Contemporary Indian Paintings: The Chester and Davida Herwitz Collection, Part II, Sotheby’s Auction, New York 1996 ‘Modern and Contemporary Indian Paintings: One Hundred Years’, Sotheby’s Auction, London 1995 ‘River of Art’, Art Today, New Delhi 1995 ‘Contemporary Indian Paintings: The Chester and Davida Herwitz Collection, Part I, Sotheby’s Auction, New York 1995 ‘Art India Now: Important Contemporary Artists’, Bose Pacia, New York 1995 ‘Mithuna’, 91C Jermyn Street, London 1994 Art Today, New Delhi 1994 Pundole Art Gallery, Mumbai 1993 ‘Reflection and Images’, Mumbai 1993 ‘Wounds’, Centre of International Modern Art (CIMA), Kolkata 1991 ‘National Exposition of Contemporary Art’, National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), New Delhi 1991 ‘Husain, Husain and Husain’, Egypt 1991 ‘Remembering Kali Pundole on its 28th Anniversary’, Mumbai 1991 ‘State of Art’, Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai 1991 ‘Nine Indian Contemporaries’, Centre for Contemporary Art (CCA), New Delhi 1988 ‘Festival of India’, Takoka Municipal Museum of Art & Meugro museum of Art, Tokyo 1987 ‘Indian Drawing Today’, Mumbai 1986 ‘Indian Art Tomorrow’, The Phillips Collections, Washington D.C 1986 Contemporary Indian Art, Grey Art Gallery, New York 1985-86 ‘Festival of India’, Exhibition of Contemporary Indian Art, New York University, New York 1985-86 ‘Indian Art Today: 4 Artists’, Washington D.C, USA 1985-86 ‘Contemporary Art in India’, Worcester, USA 1985 100 Jahre Indische Malerei, Altes Museum, Berlin 1985 ‘Six Indian Painters’, Tate Gallery, London 1982 Indische Kunst Heute, Kunsthalle Darmstadt 1982 ‘Contemporary Indian Art’, Festival of India, Royal Academy of Arts, London 1982 ‘Six Indian Painters’, London 1982 ‘Contemporary Indian Art’, London 1982 ‘India: Myth and Reality’, Aspects of Modern Indian Art, Oxford, UK 1982 ‘Modern Indian Paintings’, Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, DC. 1982 Pundole Art Gallery, Mumbai 1973 Gallery Chanakya, New Delhi 1972 ‘A Painter Makes a Film’, Pundole Art Gallery, Mumbai 1970 ‘Art Today II’, Ashoka Gallery, Kolkata and Shridharni Gallery, New Delhi 1969 ‘Art Today I’, New Delhi 1968 Ahmedabad 1967 ’25 Years of Paintings seen in Bombay’, Mumbai 1966 Commonwealth Art Exhibition, London 1966 ‘Art Now in India’, London and Brussels 1964 ‘Indian Paintings Now’, London 1962 Asoka Art Gallery, Kolkata 1961 Gallery Chemould, Mumbai 1958 ‘Eight Painters’, International Culture Centre, New Delhi 1951 Salon de Mai, France 1950 Calcutta Group – Progressive Art Group, Joint Show, Kolkata 1950 Bombay Art Society's Salon, Mumbai 1948-56 Group Exhibitions with Progressive Art Group 1949 Mumbai Joint Exhibitions 2011 'Between 2 Lines', with Owais Husain at Indian Embasy, Muscat 2009 ‘Spirit of India’, with S H Raza at Kings Road Galleries, London  Participations 2011 'Ethos V: Indian Art Through the Lens of History (1900 to 1980), Indigo Blue Art, Singapore 2011 'Goddess, Lion, Peasant, Priest: Modern and Contemporary Indian Art', from the Collection of Shelley and Donald Rubin at Oglethorpe University Museum of Art, Atlanta 2011 ‘Manifestations V', Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi 2011 'Roots in the Air, Branches Below: Modern & Contemporary Art from India', San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose 2011 'Time Unfolded', Kiran Nadar Museum of Art (KNMA), New Delhi 2011 'Celebrations 2011', Kumar Gallery, New Delhi 2010 'Evolve: 10th Anniversary Show', Tao Art Gallery, Mumbai 2010 'Art Dubai 2010', presented by Aicon Gallery, New York 2010 ‘Manifestations IV', Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi 2010 'Roots', 25th Anniversary Exhibition of Sakshi Art Gallery, Mumbai at The Park, Chennai 2010 'Celebration 2010', Annual Exhibition, Kumar Art Gallery, New Delhi 2009 'Armory Show', New York presented by Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi 2008-09 'Modern India', organized by Institut Valencià d'Art Modern (IVAM) and Casa Asia, in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture at Valencia, Spain 2008-09,10 'Indian Highway', a Traveling Exhibition presented in Collaboration with Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo at Serpentine Gallery, London; Herning Museum of Contemporary Art (HEART), Herning, Denmark 2008-09 'Paz Mandala', Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi 2008 'Moderns', Royal Cultural Centre, Amman, Jordan organized by Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi in collaboration with Embassy of India, Amman, Jordan 2008 'Harvest 2008', organized by Arushi Arts at The Stainless Gallery, New Delhi 2007-08 'From Everyday To The Imagined: Modern Indian Art', Singapore Art Museum, Singapore and at Museum of Art, Seoul National University, Seoul 2001 ‘Jubilant Gold: 50 Years of Artists’ Centre, Artists’ Centre, Mumbai 1987 ‘Festival of India’, Russia 1987 ‘Coups de Couer’, Halle de I’lle, Geneva 1985-86 Bharat Bhavan Biennale, Bhopal 1971 Sao Paulo Biennale, Brazil 1959 Sao Paulo Biennale, Brazil 1959 Tokyo Biennale, Japan 1955 National Exhibition, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi 1955 Venice Biennale, Italy 1953 Venice Biennale, Italy Honours and Awards 2007 Raja Ravi Varma Award, Government of Kerala 2007 Honorary Doctorates, Benaras Hindu University (BHU), Varanasi 2007 Honorary Doctorates, Jamia Millia Islamia University, New Delhi 2007 Honorary Doctorates, Mysore University 2004 Lalit Kala Ratna, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi 1997 Aditya Vikram Birla ‘Kalashikkar’ Award for Lifetime Achievement 1989 Padma Vibhushan, Government of India 1973 Padma Bhushan, Government of India 1968 National Award for Best Experimental Film ‘Through the Eyes of a Painter’, India 1967 Won the Golden Bear for his film 'Through the Eyes of a Painter', International Berlin Film Festival and purchased by Museum of Modern Art (MOMA), New York 1959 International Biennale Award, Tokyo 1955 Awarded Padmashree, Government of India. 1955 First Prize at the National Exhibition of Art, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi 1947 Bombay Art Society, Mumbai "All forms of art are born from one's roots" The name Maqbool Fida Husain has become almost synonymous with contemporary Indian art, and deservedly so, for no single artist has popularised Indian art, within the country or internationally, as Husain has done. His endless quest for his cultural roots and a fearlessly open-minded willingness to absorb diverse influences has made M.F. Husain one of the most recognizable figures of contemporary Indian art. Husain began his career by painting billboards for feature films and making furniture designs and toys, to earn a living. When he did take up painting as an art form, however, he returned time and again to his roots, and to themes that blended folk, tribal and mythological art to create vibrantly contemporary, living art forms. His rise as a public figure has as much to do with his style and presentation, as it does with his themes. He depicts the icons of Indian culture, through the ages, seeking to capture the quintessence of his subjects, like Mother Teresa and the characters of epics like the Mahabharata. Husain was born in 1913 in Pandharpur, Maharashtra. A self-taught artist, he came to Mumbai in 1937, determined to become a painter. In 1948, he was invited by F.N. Souza to join the Progressive Artist's Group, a group formed to explore a new idiom for Indian art. Besides painting, he has also made feature films, such as "Through the Eyes of a Painter", in 1967, which was a Golden Bear Award winner at the Berlin Film Festival, and "Gajagamini" in 2000. The Government of India honored him with the Padma Bhushan and the Padma Vibhushan awards, both prestigious civilian awards. Husain passed away in London in 2011.

M F Husain

    • Lives and Works :
    • passed away on 9th June 2011
    • Education :
    • Self taught artist


Artist Statement

"All forms of art are born from one's roots" The name Maqbool Fida Husain has become almost synonymous with contemporary Indian art, and deservedly so, for no single artist has popularised Indian art, within the country or internationally, as Husain has done. His endless quest for his cultural roots and a fearlessly open-minded willingness to absorb diverse influences has made M.F. Husain one of the most recognizable figures of contemporary Indian art. Husain began his career by painting
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Artist Biography

Education  Self-taught Exhibitions  2014 'Post-Picasso: Contemporary Reactions', Museum Picasso of Barcelona, Barcelona 2013 'Maqbool', Soverign fze, Dubai 2013 'Ram Kumar and the Bombay Progressives: The Form and the Figure Part II', Aicon Gallery, New York 2013 'Pioneers of Modernism', Sovereign FZE, Dubai 2013 'Ideas of the Sublime', presented by Vadehra Art Gallery at Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi 2013 'The Discerning Eye: Modern Masters', Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi 2013 'The N
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