Barbican Centre - The Imaginary Institution of India: Art 1975-1998

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Barbican Centre - The Imaginary Institution of India: Art 1975-1998

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Exhibition Dates: 5 October 2024 - 5 January 2025

Featuring artwork by over 25 Indian artists, this major exhibition is bookended by two transformative events in India’s history: Indira Gandhi’s declaration of a state of emergency in 1975 and the Pokhran nuclear tests in 1998.

The fraught period between these years was marked by social upheaval, economic collapse, and rapid urbanisation. Within this turbulence, ordinary life continued, and artists made work that distilled historically significant episodes as well as intimate moments and shared experiences. Across a range of media, the vivid, urgent works on show – about friendship, love, desire, family, religion, violence, caste, community, protest – are deeply personal documents from a period of tremendous change.

This is the first institutional exhibition to cover these definitive years, with many works never before seen in the UK.

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5 October 2024 - 5 January 2025
Saturday – Wednesday 10.00-18.00
Thursday – Friday 10.00-20.00
Bank Holidays 12.00-18.00

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