Artist Amrita Sher-Gil© NGMA

Artist Amrita Sher-Gil To Be Celebrated With A Year-Long Project

Salva Mubarak
Senior Features Writer

Delhi’s National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA) and Liszt Institute of Hungarian Cultural Centre have announced a special year-long project to celebrate the 110th birthday of Indo-Hungarian artist Amrita Sher-Gil.

Titled ‘Amrita110Project, the unique initiative was announced on the artist’s birthday at a special event curated by NGMA. The project will kick off in February and last all year with events like film screenings, special interactions, school workshops, and art exhibitions to celebrate Sher-Gil’s legacy.

Sher-Gil is one of the most well-known painters around the world. The artist was born in Budapest in 1913 to an Indian father and a Hungarian mother. Her works became some of the most iconic pieces of avant-garde art of her time and still continue to fascinate art enthusiasts of all types. Some of her most iconic artworks, including ‘Group of Three Girls (1935), ‘Brahmacharis’ (1937), and ‘Gypsy Girl’ (1932), are on display at the NGMA.

Through this year-long project, the two organisations want more and more people to become aware of her incredible legacy.

“Our mission is to tell more about the Hungarian roots of Amrita Sher-Gil, the influence of her Hungarian childhood on her life and work and to celebrate the sadly short but very rich and creative life of the strongest link between Hungary and India,” said the Liszt Institute in a statement.

‘Amrita110Project’ will begin with an art exhibition of 20 works inspired by Sher-Gil’s art at the India International Centre from February 8. Following this, there will be a host of interesting activities under the project, like school workshops conducted by the Liszt Institute where experts will visit a school in the city every month to talk about the artist’s works and documentary film screenings.

The Liszt Institute and India Post are also going to release a joint stamp dedicated to the artist in November.