Reliving Van Gogh : A Café Exposition

‘What colour is in a picture, enthusiasm is in life.
Success is sometimes the outcome of a whole string of failure’ Van Gogh

The Van Gogh paintings are divided in sections. From his darker early work in Netherlands including The Potato Eaters from 1885 and the Skull of a Skeleton with a Burning Cigarette 1886 to his move to Paris (1886-88) where he produced many of his iconic self-portraits. Finally we see the more colourful South of France period including The Yellow House 1888, Sunflowers 1889 and Almond Blossomscelebrating the birth of his nephew in 1890 just before his own death.

On the invitation of Habiart Foundation three artists, Seema Kohli (India), Begum Tayebba Lipi and Mahbubur Rahman (Bangladesh) along with the curator Rekha Mody visited three museums Van Gogh Museum Amsterdam, The Kröller-Müller Museum Otterlo, Het Noordbrabants Museum in Netherland in 2015. Motivated by their trip, they have created artworks inspired by Van Gogh ‘s creations using the image of The Potato Eaters and Almond Blossom.

Habiart and India International invite you to experience the spirit of Van Gogh in an exhibition Reliving Van Gogh : A Café Exposition at Gandhi King Plaza India International Centre from 12 to 17 February 2018. Daily there will be an interactive Potato Eaters Party at 4 pm to enable the viewers to understand the spirit of Van Gogh. Van Gogh did more than 30 copies of works by some of his favorite artists such as Delacroix, Millet, Rembrandt, using black-and-white photographs and prints and he described his copies as “interpretations” or “translations,” comparing his role as an artist to that of a musician playing music written by another composer.

Habiart Foundation has been involved with promotion of art since 1989. In protest of destruction of Bamiyan Buddha, Habiart organized a creative protest involving over 108 artists in 2001 in six cities Kolkata, New Delhi, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Bhopal and Kathmandu. The works were displayed in Indian Parliament and at the prestigious World Economic Forum annual meet at Davos. To celebrate 500 years of Mona Lisa the famous work of Leonard Da Vinci; Habiart commissioned twelve artists from India, Pakistan, Nepal, Italy and USA to interpret Mona Lisa in contemporary style in 2006.


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