Old Traditions, New Narratives: South Asian Miniatures

Tuesday, Sep 8, 2020 – Apr 10, 2021

1925 S. Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60616

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Traditional South Asian miniature painting was all but lost in the 19th century, due to a lack of imperial patronage precipitated by the intrusion of the British Colonialism.  Reintroduced and transformed initially at the National College of Art in Lahore, Pakistan, and later in India, the UK and the USA, the style has evolved from the strict traditional format to an unconstrained representation of contemporary themes.

Artists who have trained in the traditional techniques have reclaimed the art in unique and personal ways. 

This exhibition features works by the significant artists who comprise an international movement of contemporary miniature painting.