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  • M.F. Husain

    Talks & Lectures

    Nov 16

    Free with museum admission

    2—3 PM

    Samsung Hall

    M. F. Husain was not merely India’s premier twentieth-century painter; he was a central figure in the culture of modern Indian art, a person of unbridled talent who brought contemporary India to life. Husain rose from street painter to national celebrity and member of parliament to maker of films (and film stars). He was an iconic figure in a three-piece suit and bare feet, his beard flowing white, as he riffed canvas after canvas of colorful figures from mythical and historical India, animals and gods. His celebrity reached the heights of success in the worldwide spotlight of marketing for modern art, but his inspiration and imagination were rooted specifically in Indian themes: the nature of Indian politics, the rise and fall of national admiration, and disaffection in Indian society.  

    Join Daniel Herwitz, professor of history of art at the University of Michigan, as he discusses the life and legacy of M. F. Husain.


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Co-presented by the Society for Art and Cultural Heritage of India (SACHI).


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