A celebration of the life of M F Husain, live auctions, networking events for budding artists, a very special film screening and a gala awards dinner are among events scheduled for the second annual Indian Art Week in London which takes place 6 – 13 June.
Organized by the UK-based public charity Arts For India, the event raises funds to provide talented art students from poor backgrounds in India to study at the country’s Institute of Fine Art.
Among the events planned for this year are a screening of Anushka Sharma’s critically acclaimed drama NH10; ‘An Evening With the Stars’ event at the magnificent courtyard at St James Hotel followed by a live art auction hosted by cricket legend Farokh Engineer and exhibitions by two of the finest South Asian painters in the world – M F Husain and Jamil Naqsh.
The exhibition of Husain paintings will be presented by the Stellar International Art Foundation, owner of the largest collection of the maestro’s work outside his personal estate.
Among the works that will be on show is Husain’s famous ‘Maria Collection’ – a series of paintings Husain completed in the late 1950’s as an ode to what he described as the “purest love of his life”, Maria Jaroslav Jurkova, a Husain enthusiast and lover of Eastern philosophy who, ultimately, spurned Husain’s advances and left him devastated.
London’s Albermale Gallery meanwhile will host an exhibition titled ‘The Muse, Messengers & Miniatures’ featuring a spectacular collection of works by Naqsh – the reclusive London-based Pakistani artist.
“The Indian Art Week is far more than a typical art event”, said event producer Erica Emm.
“It is a significant doorstep that allows people to know more about Indian Arts and its significant contribution to the world of fine arts, and artists deserving a chance to use their talent and amaze the world with their artworks and we are very excited to bring this buzz to London at the beginning of the Summer”, she added.
For the full program and tickets, visit www.indianartweek.com.