Amrita Sher-Gil in Paris

The painter of Hungarian and Indian birth, Amrita Sher-Gil was commemorated in the UNESCO Palace in Paris on 24 September 2013 as part of her international commemorating year.
On this occasion the open-air exhibition first presented partly at the fences of the National Museum in Budapest this summer could be seen. The other part of the exhibition came from the National Gallery of Modern Art in New Delhi. After the opening - where India's UNESCO ambassador Viany Sheel Oberoi, state secretary for administration of India Ravindra Singh, Deputy State Secretary for Culture of the Ministry of Human Resources Judit Hammerstein and vice-president of MMA Attila Csáji were present - curator, Hungary's UNESCO ambassador and MMA member Katalin Keserü gave a lecture on the oeuvre and life of the extraordinary paintress and a film by Sándor Sára (MMA board member) and an other one by Navina Sundaram (Indian niece of Amrita Sher-Gil) about her were also screened.
Amrita Sher-Gil is regarded as one of the innovators of modern Indian painting. She became an iconic figure of the Indian struggle for independence and of women's art. Born from a Sikh aristocrat father and a Hungarian pianist mother, she spent her life in Hungary, Italy, Paris and India. In her art she merged the European post-impressionism, especially the work of Cezanne, Gauguin and Modigliani, with Indian painting. Most of her oeuvre is preserved in the National Gallery of Modern Art in New Delhi, were an exhibition of her whole oeuvre is planned to be opened next year.
UNESCO has announced 2013 to be the international year of Amrita Sher-Gil, since she was born one hundred years ago.
A commemorating ceremony was held at her birthplace at 4 Szilágyi Dezső Street, Budapest in the organization of Hungarofest. The banner exhibition about her life and work could be seen at the fences of the Hungarian National Museum from 21 June. And there was an exhibition at the Vaszary Villa, Balatonfüred from 15 July.
In Hungary this year is the fiftieth anniversary of indologist Ervin Baktay's death and together with this occasion there is now a special opportunity to refresh and deepen the Hungarian and Indian cultural connections.

Hungarian Academy of Arts is organizing a two-day international conference entitled Amrita Sher-Gil and the Hungarian-Indian cultural links on 4-5 November 2013 and is inviting prominent experts on the field to expound their research results.

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24 September 2013 3.00 p.m
  • Opening remarks by H.E Mr.Vinay Sheel Oberoi, Ambassador, Permanent Delegate of India to UNESCO
  • Address by Prof. Rajiv Lochan, Director, National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi, India
  • Address by H.E Ms Katalin Bogyay, Ambassador, Permanent Delegate of Hungary to UNESCO
  • Screening of film titled Amrita Sher-Gil, directed by Sandor Sara (Hungary), followed by a talk by  Katalin Keserü , Art Historian, Curator of the exhibition
  • Screening of  film  titled A Family Album, directed by Navina Sundaram, niece of Amrita Sher-Gil, followed by an illustrated talk by Navina Sundaram
  • Questions and Answers
6.00 PM (Salle des Pas Perdus)
  • Musical concert by Hungarian musicians M. Zoltán Lantos & M. Péter Szalai
  • Inauguration of the exhibition "Remembering Amrita Sher-Gil"
·         Remarks by the Ambassadors of India and Hungary
·         Address by Mr Francesco Bandarin, Assistant Director-General for Culture, UNESCO
·         Address by Mr.Ravindra Singh, Secretary, Ministry of Culture, Government of India
·         Address by Ms Judit Hammerstein, Deputy State Secretary for Culture, Ministry for Human Resources, Government of Hungary
September 25, 2013