'The Bauhaus exhibition in Calcutta in 1922 was a unique experience on the international art scene—a meeting of artistic and intellectual affinities. On a search for renewal after World War I, Western modernism encountered its Indian counterpart, which had emancipated itself from colonial constraints. At the Bauhaus’s first international show, works by Paul Klee, Lyonel Feininger, Johannes Itten, and other Bauhaus artists were presented alongside those of modern Indian artists such as Nandalal Bose, Sunayani Devi, and Abanindranath and Gaganendranath Tagore. This publication gives an account how this unusual encounter came about and presents the exhibition as an exemplary case of art history that dealt with shared visions rather than transmissions from the West to the East.' - from the publisher's website

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Onsite

Location code REF.BIR2
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English

Publication/Creation date

2013

No of pages

212

ISBN / ISSN

9783775736572

No of copies

1

Content type

anthology

Chapter headings

Introductory Remarks

HISTORY OF AN EXHIBITION

The Bauhaus in Calcutta: World Art Since 1922: On the Topicality of an Exhibition

- Regina BITTNER, Kathrin RHOMBERG

AESTHETICS OF EMANCIPATION

Modernity, Art, and National Identity in India: Background to the Bauhaus Exhibition in Calcutta, 1922

- Partha MITTER

In Search of a New Visual Culture

- Tapati GUHA-THAKURTA, Sanjukta SUNDERASON

Writing a Transcultural Modern: Calcutta, 1922

- Sria CHATTERJEE

SCHOOL OF DEPARTURE

Shantiniketan: A World University

- R. Siva KUMAR

The Bauhaus and India: A Look Back to the Future: "Building! Design! Gothic—India!"

- Boris FRIEDEWALD

Mazdaznan and Racial Theory

- Torsten BLUME

Johannes Itten and India

- Christoph WAGNER

ANTICOLONIAL LABORATORY

The Anticolonial Laboratory: Indian Nationalist Dispora in German-Speaking Europe

- Kris MANJAPRA

Spaces of Conversation: The Avant-Garde in Nineteen-Twenties Calcutta

- Swati CHATTOPADHYAY

Excerpts from the Correspondence between Rabindranath Tagore and William Rothenstein

ART HISTORY AFTER GLOBALIZATION

Art History after Globalisation: Formations of the Colonial Modern

- Kobena MERCER

The Exhibition as 'Re-Job': Reconstructing the Bauhaus in Bengal

- Saloni MATHUR
The Bauhaus in Calcutta: An Encounter of the Cosmopolitan Avant-Garde
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