M.F. Husain: Art and The Nation

Exhibition at Asia Society Museum New York

March 20 through August 4, 2019

M.F. Husain. Lightning, 1975. Oil on canvas. Twelve panels, overall: H.10 x W. 60 ft. (3 x 18 m)
One of the founding members of the Bombay Progressive Artists' Group, M.F. Husain, created the mural-sized painting Lightning for then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi’s Congress Party public rally in 1975 in Bombay (Mumbai), the same year that a state of emergency was imposed across India. The twelve massive panels of Lightning are littered with visual references to India and the 1970s, and though absent visually, to Indira Gandhi.

Past Exhibitions

The Progressive Revolution: Art for a New India

Sept 14, 2018 - jan 20, 2019

Asia Society Museum, New York

V. S. Gaitonde: Painting as Process, Painting as Life

Oct 3, 2015 - jan 10, 2016

The Guggenheim Museum, Venice

After Midnight, Indian Modernism To Contemporary Indian 1947-1997

Mar 8, 2015 - Sept 13, 2015

Queens Museum, Queens, NY

V. S. Gaitonde: Painting as Process, Painting as Life

Oct 24, 2014 - Feb 11, 2015

The Guggenheim Museum, New York

Shifting Sublime 2012-2013

Sept 27, 2012

New York University (NYU), New York