Bhupen Khakhar (1934–2003) played a central role in modern Indian art and was a recognised international figure in 20th century painting. Active from the 1960s Khakhar was part of a lively new wave of narrative painting and figuration by artists in India that became known as the Baroda School. His practice evolved from the careful study of art from South Asian and European sources, even while he continued to work as an accountant part-time. After early experiments with Pop art Khakhar developed a style of painting that combined both high and low, popular and painterly aesthetics, cleverly subverting popular iconography. He confronted complex and provocative themes with candour: class difference; desire and homosexuality; and his personal battle with cancer. Also a writer, his critical observations and literary sensibility were evident in his sharp, often ironic depictions of difficult subjects.

Gallery
Bhupen Khakhar: You Can't Please All, 1981 © Estate of Bhupen Khakhar
Interview
“Bhupen Khakhar: Painting the Truth” - An interview with the curator Nada Raza © Anthony Stokes
Film
“Bhupen Khakhar: You Can´t Please All” - Tour of the exhibition
Catalogue
The catalogue to the exhibition
Upcoming events
  • My paintings are incomplete without figures«, Podiumsdiskussion

    16.02.2017, 7 p.m

  • You Can’t Please All – Queer Feminist Interventions at Museums,
    Podium discussion

    21.02.2017, 7 p.m.

Gallery
Bhupen Khakhar: You Can't Please All, 1981 © Estate of Bhupen Khakhar
Interview
“Bhupen Khakhar: Painting the Truth” - An interview with the curator Nada Raza © Anthony Stokes
Film
“Bhupen Khakhar: You Can´t Please All” - Tour of the exhibition
Catalogue
The catalogue to the exhibition