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June 14, 2014

The Final Nine by MF Husain

The final nine paintings of the legendary maestro M.F. Husain will be publicly displayed for the first time in London

M.F. Husain is regarded as one of the leaders of the Modern Art Movement in Indian painting. The final nine paintings by this legendary Indian artist will go on public display at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) from May 28 to July 27, 2014. The Indian Civilisation series comprises eight monumental triptych paintings, each measuring 12 feet wide by six feet high, which represent Husain’s vision of the richness of Indian culture and history. These imposing, large-scale artworks will be presented alongside a single painting of the Hindu god, Ganesha, which serves as the symbolic beginning of the series.

The Indian Civilisation series, also known as Vision of India through Mohenjo Daro to Mahatma Gandhi, was commissioned by the Mittal family in 2008 and has never previously been on public display. Usha Mittal lent the paintings to the V&A, where Husain completed a residency in 1990, to showcase the final works of this iconic artist, often dubbed ‘The Picasso of India’.

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