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Asymmetrical Objects – Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Mumbai City Museum
Earlier this year, Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Mumbai City Museum celebrated its 10th anniversary. And in March 2017, the Museum completed 160 years since it was first opened to the public by Lord Canning in 1857. To commemorate both occasions, the museum inaugurated Asymmetrical Objects – an exhibition curated by Tasneem Zakaria Mehta and Himanshu Kadam. With ten celebrated artists exploring the much-debated Age of the Anthropocene and its impact on the environment and the effects, the exhibition invited viewers to form their own conclusions and share them with the Museum in a dialogue through many activities and discussions.
World’s Last Male Northern White Rhino Dies
Sudan, the world’s last male northern white rhino, died at OI Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya on 19th of March. He was 45 years old (97 in human equivalent age). A team of veterinarians decided to euthanise him due to his agerelated problems and several infections. He is survived by two female rhinos: his daughter Najin, aged 28, and granddaughter Fatu, aged 17. White rhinos comprise of two subspecies: the northern white rhinos, which are nearly extinct and the southern white rhino. During the 1970s and 1980s, the poaching crisis largely destroyed the northern white rhinos in Uganda, Central African Republic, Sudan and Chad. The poaching crisis was the result of the growing demand for rhino horn in traditional Chinese medicine to cure various ailments and to use them as dagger handles in Yemen. The remaining wild population of last few rhinos were killed in the Democratic Republic of Congo, in the beginning of 2000s, and by 2008, World Wide Fund, the global environment campaign considered the northern white rhinos extinct. To save the species from complete extinction, researchers have pinned their hopes on in-vitro fertilisation (IVF). They intend to use Sudan’s genetic material, and the eggs of the last female rhinos to preserve the subspecies. However, IVF has never been attempted with rhinos before. Better Photography magazine and Panasonic India conducted wildlife masterclasses for winners of Wildlife India Photography Awards, and twenty other participants from 25 June-1 July 2017, in Kenya. During this period, the winners and participants were able to meet Sudan in OI Pejeta Conservancy. A video was also shot featuring Sudan, which stressed on wildlife conservation. The film is title Sudan - Last Male Standing, and is available on Youtube. Having known the team that looked after Sudan so carefully, we offer our condolences from India. “We had the singular honour, to meet and touch the very last living male northern white rhinoceros on the planet. We are the very last generation to see this truly magnificent sub-species alive. We could not help feeling a sense of shame that humans killed them off with poaching, just as we do with so many other species. By being bystanders, our responsibility in all this does not diminish,” said Madhavan Pillai, Editor of Better Photography magazine.
1 + 1 = 1 Million – Vito Schnabel Gallery, St. Moritz
From February 15 to March 11, 2018, Vito Schnabel Gallery presented 1 + 1 = 1 Million, an exhibition curated by artist Tom Sachs to spotlight American conceptual artist Sol LeWitt’s significant works. Through a largescale wall drawing from 1978 and 19 luminous framed works on paper beginning from the 1970s, Sachs drew visitors into LeWitt’s careerlong exploration of authorship and the means by which it can be defined. The exhibition focused on three of the thirty-five statements from LeWitt’s 1969 Sentences on Conceptual Art, highlighting the ineffably poetic outcome of pursuing these ideas to their logical extreme.
Sculpting in Time – National Gallery of Modern Art, Bengaluru
This February, The National Gallery of Modern Art Bengaluru, together with the Ministry of Culture, presented Sculpting in Time – an exhibition curated by Sadanand Menon that showcased six decades of Balan Nambiar’s artistic journey. Comprising various works – from drawings in conte, Indian ink, charcoal, pastels, watercolour and oils to jewellery, enamel paintings on silver and copper and sculptures, the exhibition had also displayed a selection of the artist’s photographs documenting Teyyam, Bhuta and other ritual art forms. Lectures, panel discussions, music programmes, film screenings and gallery walks were also scheduled during the month-long exhibition.