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Friday, Oct. 14, 2011

OSAKA

"Indian Popular Art: Encounter with Colonial Modernity"

THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF ETHNOLOGY, OSAKA


By TOMOKO HORI
Staff writer

Popular art in India — which includes advertising posters, postcards, religious painting prints, painted photographs and more — gives us some insight into the cultural and artistic influences of imagery of India.

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"Sunlight Soap Calendar of 1934," reprint of a picture by Ravi Varma (original dates from around 1880s). Printer and designer unknown. JYOTINDRA AND JUTTA JAIN, DELHI

This show draws together around 190 works from renowned Indian art and cultural historian Jyotindra Jain's private collection, which is well-known and respected in the West. It explores how lithography and photography influenced Indian pop art, and the of role religion in this genre.

Works on display include calendars, match boxes, clothing labels, playing cards, cigarette packaging and film posters. There is also a workshop and lecture by the collector on Nov. 5 and 6; till Nov. 29.

The National Museum of Ethnology, Osaka; (06) 6876-2151; 10-1 Senri Banpaku Koen, Suita City, Osaka. 15-min. walk from Koen Higashiguchi Station, Osaka Monorail Line. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. ¥420. Closed Wed.; open holidays and closed the following day. www.minpaku.ac.jp.

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