N S Harsha
Lives in Mysore (IN), born in Mysore (IN).
N S Harsha (°1969) is born in 1969 in Mysore in the state of Karnataka, India, where he still lives. Harsha trains as a painter in his home city and at the Faculty of Fine Arts of the Maharaja Sayarijao University in Baroda (now Vadodara, in the state of Gujarat).
He is among the internationally most well-known Indian painters of his generation. His visual language is influenced by historical miniature painting, by the so-called Company Paintings of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries (produced by Indians for the British who wanted pictures of ‘native life’) and by comic books and didactic illustrations aimed at children. He has collaborated with schoolchildren at several occasions to stage actions and produce installations.
Harsha’s paintings are often populated with multiple small figures, each adding a piece of narrative to the surface, which nevertheless forms a unified visual whole. This method can also be sensed in his installations, which comprise drawing and painting as well as sculpted elements and found objects.
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N S Harsha, Conversing cleansers, 2007. Painting, acrylic on canvas, 275 x 562 cm.
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The collection XXVII – Ea...
03 March 2011 - 21 August 2011.
Since 1989, the year the Berlin Wall fell and the year of the *Magiciens de la terre* exhibition at Beaubourg, the hegemony of Western art ha
Urgent Conversations Athe...
31 October 2016 - 05 February 2017.
Urgent Conversations: Athens – Antwerp is the first temporary exhibition in the long overdue public unfolding of the Greek National Museum of
Urgent Conversations: Ant...
18 November 2017 - 07 January 2018.
Last year, M HKA was invited by EMST in Athens for the opening exhibition in the new museum building. Today, Urgent Conversations: Antwerp –
MONOCULTURE | A Recent Hi...
25 September 2020 - 25 April 2021.
Artists include: Hannah Höch, Lovis Corinth, Karl Hofer, George Grosz, Carol Rama, Werner Peiner, Belgian Institute for World Affairs, Joseph
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M HKA acquired the SANTHAL FAMILY ensemble on the occasion of the exhibition Santhal Family: Positions Around an Indian Sculpture in 2008. W
Luc Tuymans, David Claerbout, Charif Benhelima, Thomas Ruff, Cindy Sherman, Marlene Dumas, Craigie Horsfield, Vlad Monroe, Sergey Bratkov, N.
Dealing with Catastrophe
DEALING WITH CATASTROPHE This capacity came to our mind while bringing together artistic addresses of horrors impacting societies, such a