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A breath of fresh air sweeps through the V&A this year with the ar­rival of the late M.F. Husain’s epic ex­hi­bi­tion. Deemed Asia’s an­swer to Georges Braque, M.F. Husain was an ex­tra­or­di­nary mas­ter of In­dian con­tem­po­rary paint­ing, and one of In­dia’s most mag­nif­i­cent artists. He mas­tered the abil­ity to trans­form the early days of In­dia, the tra­di­tions of the In­dian cul­ture and re­li­gious cel­e­bra­tions, in a con­tem­po­rary, free­hand man­ner deeply cast within the Cu­bism move­ment.

Ex­pect a se­ries of trip­tych paint­ings that de­picts the strong­est moments of a na­tion’s his­tory. Walk­ing through it, you will get a re­newed per­spec­tive and a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of the In­dian way of life: the tra­di­tional fes­ti­vals, the em­pires that con­quered In­dia, and its won­drous dance forms all in a sim­ple but re­mark­able way filled with colour and that Sur­re­al­ist feel. ‘In­dian Civ­i­liza­tion’ is at the Vic­to­ria and Al­bert Mu­seum, Lon­don, un­til July 27. www.vam.ac.uk Ev­ery summer, the Ser­pen­tine gallery com­mis­sions a renowned ar­chi­tect to de­sign the monumental Ser­pen­tine Gallery Pav­il­ion in Kens­ing­ton Gar­dens. 2014’s summer pav­il­ion is de­signed by Chilean ar­chi­tect Smil­jan Radic.´ At­trac­tive and in­ter­ac­tive, Radic’s´ pav­il­ion was in­spired by The Cas­tle of the Self­ish Gi­ant, a story by Os­car Wilde. The semi-translu­cent cylin­dri­cal struc­ture even has a cafe in­side, and on se­lected Fri­day nights it will play host to the Ser­pen­tine’s Park Nights se­ries bring­ing to­gether art, film, mu­sic, and lit­er­a­ture. Un­til Oc­to­ber 19. www.ser­pen­tine­gal­leries.org

Tra­di­tional In­dian Fes­ti­vals, 2008-2011, M. F. Husain

The Ser­pen­tine Galleries Pav­il­ion 2014 de­signed by Smil­jan Radic ´

M. F. Husain sketch­ing in the V& A’s Cast Courts

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