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M. F. Husain: Horses of the Sun

Maqbool Fida Husain (1913-2011) was a legendary figure in the history of Indian modernism. A founding member of the Progressive Artists Group, formed in Bombay in 1947, Husain played a leading role in revolutionising art in India by parting ways with the dominant genres of academic painting and miniaturist nostalgia.

When he died in London at the age of 98, his life had already traced an arc through one of the most cataclysmic yet vibrant centuries in human history. His chosen media ranged from oil painting and watercolour, through lithography and serigraphy, to sculpture, architecture and installation. He was also a film-maker, poet and memoirist who wrote in Urdu, Hindi and English.

Husain called himself a global nomad developing strong connections with the UK, the USA, Czechoslovakia, the Arab world in general, and Qatar in particular, which offered him refuge when adverse political circumstances forced him into exile from his beloved India. The exhibition presents his pluralist approach to the divine and cosmic aspects of being, articulated through the myths, symbols and narratives of the world’s religions and philosophies. M. F. Husain: Horses of the Sun bears witness to a recurrent motif in his art, a personal symbol of self-renewal and vitality.

Curator, Ranjit Hoskote

Assistant Curator, Wadha Al-Aqeedi

Maqbool Fida Husain

Born in 1915, was India’s pre-eminent modernist artist, renowned as the most celebrated, yet often controversial, figure of Indian modernism. He joined Bombay’s Progressive Artists’ Group in 1948, and began exhibiting internationally from the 1950s.

MATHAF: ARAB MUSEUM OF MODERN ART

Founded in 2010, is situated in Education City in Qatar Foundation (QF), in a renovated former school building.
M. F. Husain, Last Supper of the Desert in Red, 2008, Acrylic on canvas, 199 x 310 cm. Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art Collection, Doha.
M. F. Husain, Last Supper of the Desert in Red, 2008, Acrylic on canvas, 199 x 310 cm. Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art Collection, Doha.
M. F. Husain, Yemen, 2008, Acrylic on canvas, 194.5 x 235 cm. Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art Collection, Doha.
M. F. Husain, Yemen, 2008, Acrylic on canvas, 194.5 x 235 cm. Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art Collection, Doha.

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