The Ar­rest­ing Man­i­festo

India Today - - UPFRONT - by Geeti Sen

Now that the graphic medium has be­gun to make its con­tri­bu­tion to con­tem­po­rary art in In­dia, it seems per­ti­nent to look back at the legacy of the Ger­man ex­pres­sion­ists. In this con­text, the var­ied ex­hi­bi­tion at the National Gallery of Mod­ern Art seemed sig­nif­i­cant, and more re­ward­ing than a num­ber of other like pro­grammes. The im­pact on the viewer is con­sid­er­able: In mod­i­fy­ing his gen­eral im­pres­sion as to the con­tent, in­tent and pur­pose of graph­ics. The ex­hibits in­cluded the work of Emil Nolde, Otto Mueller, Erich Heckel, Ge­orge Grosz, Kirch­ner, Chris­tian Rohlfs, Karl Sch­midt Rot­tluff, Frannz Marc, as well as Paul Klee, Kadin­sky, Kokoscha and fi­nally Feininger. Not all of th­ese artists sur­vived the first World War. Some of them, as Franz Marc, ini­ti­ated move­ments such as the Blaue Riter group in the short span of a few years given to them. De­spite their highly in­di­vid­u­alised state­ments, their con­cern was es­sen­tially to por­tray so­ci­ety of th­ese rather crit­i­cal years, be­fore and af­ter the World War ( 1910- 22).

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