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St. Moritz Art Masters 2014: Focus on India

For the seventh time, the unique landscape of the Engadine will provide the backdrop for the annual arts and cultural festival, the St. Moritz Art Masters, to be held from 22nd - 31st August 2014. This year's focus on India promises to present the rich in contrast, artistic interpretations of the contemporary Indian art scene.

With its program, the St. Moritz Art Masters allows a fusion of local with international, as well as cultural exchange. (B. Merwan & Co., Bombay)

The St. Moritz Art Masters, in addition to the high profile emphasis on Indian, national and international contemporary art, is characterized by its special exhibition locations and the "WALK OF ART". Sculptures and artistic works are exhibited in private and public locations, and the use of these unconventional venues allows the works to appear in a different light, beyond the usual "White Cube".


Focus on India
Freed from the burden of their colonial past, contemporary Indian artists address the pressing issues of the present day by linking them in a unique manner to rituals, myths, and everyday life. The vibrant field of contemporary art reflects the rapid change of this nation from the past, and Indian artists have now found their own place in international art.


The group exhibition "India: Maximum City" presents works by nine emerging artists who focus intensively on the dynamic and uncontrolled growth of Indian cities. The works of Gigi Scaria, Hema Upadhyay, Manish Nai, Mithu Sen, Pablo Bartholomew, Pratul Das, Ranbir Kaleka, Reena Saini Kallat and Sooni Tarraporevala are to be exhibited in the Chesa Planta in Zuoz. The works of Shilpa Gupta, Subodh Gupta and Nalini Malani address cross cultural issues, explore the effects of tradition on the present, and question national and cultural stereotypes.


Within the focus on India, the St. Moritz Art Masters, in addition to the group exhibition, will present an exhibition of works from the private collection of the Choudhrie Family: an art collection that is exhibited to the public for the first time, and consists mainly of works of modern Indian art. The exhibition is co-curated by Paresh Maity and Anita Choudhrie and presents works by M F Husain, Paresh Maity and Jayasri Burman.


In the historic, recently restored Paracelsus Building in St. Moritz Bad, a film installation paying tribute to Satyajit Ray's "The Music Room" will be presented in honour of the director Satyajit Ray by Matthias Brunner, the famous Swiss curator and film-maker. Ray's major work, THE MUSIC ROOM (1958) will also be the first of a short series of films to be shown, (from the period 1958 - 2013), representing the best Indian film of each decade. The films will be shown in the Cinema Scala in St. Moritz from 25th - 31st August 2014.


In the context of the program of the St. Moritz Art Masters facilitating a fusion of local with international, as well as cultural exchange, the art and cultural festival will this year present a monumental tent installation by US-American artist Francesco Clemente. His tents, which he created in India, and which he refers to as "cave paintings" or "mobile chapels", take the visitors to a place of silence and contemplation. Another highlight of this year's festival is the British artist Billy Childish: he bases his multi-part image series on the works of Engadine artist Giovanni Segantini. The works, large scale paintings specially created for St. Moritz, will be found in the French Church in St. Moritz.


Further and detailed information about this year's art and culture festival, the St. Moritz Art Masters 2014, can be found on the website The final list of artists, and more information on national and international exhibitions will be available in late June. 


Preliminary List of Artists
Pablo Bartholomew | Jayasri Burman | Riddhibrata Burman | Billy Childish | Francesco Clemente | The Bilderberg Collection | Pratul Dash | Smriti Dixit | Shilpa Gupta | Subodh Gupta | Lori Hersberger | Maqbool Fida Husain | Leiko Ikemura | Jitish Kallat | Reena Saini Kallat | Ranbir Kaleka | Philipp Keel | Manish Nai | Paresh Maity | Nalini Malani | Manish Nai | Julian Schnabel | Gigi Scaria | Mithu Sen | Christoph Steinmeyer | Sooni Taraporevala | Hema Upadhyay


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published: 13.06.2014
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