For those who want a little experience of European art in the comfort of their city, the Consulate General Kingdom of the Netherlands in India has the perfect offering. The embassy, to celebrate the ‘Holland Meets Mumbai 2015’ festival, brings to India the best of Dutch art.
Painter Lita Cabellut, a Spanish artist based in the land of the Dutch, presents The Black Tulip, an exhibition of artworks inspired by the Dutch Masters and the famous philosophers of the 17th century, or the Golden Age. Cabellut brings to the canvases portraits of Calvinists, Puritans, Protestants and Catholics, showing the differences in attitude, clothing and expression. The paintings also highlight the cultural and trade ties between Netherlands and India during that period.
If that’s not enough of a Dutch experience, one can catch murals around the city, created by Amsterdam Street Art and the St+Art India foundation. In India all the way from the Oranje land, artists Jarno Gnirrep, Lars Brehm, Tyler and Jas, will be working on murals in Dharavi, Bandra and the ‘Holland Village’ in Churchgate. Walk through the suburban streets to find a facial portrait – half an Indian sportsperson and half of a Dutch one.
5 Questions with the artist, Lita Cabellut
- Artistic Motivations “It is not a motivation, it is a need. The need to communicate, the need to create a mirror to see the reality and the abstraction of my soul. And so every day remember me that I am alive.
- Inspirations “Us, mankind. The portrait is the way to get close to humanity.”
- On the wall at home “Francis Bacon, Lucien Freud, Goya – so many that it will be so difficult to choose.”
- Concerns that find a place in your art “That we force ourselves for such a long time to think ‘out of the box’. It concerns me very much that we could forget the immense dimensions of ‘in the box’ the world and the people who are close and around us.”
- If not an artist, you would be…“somebody that can be everything, from a cleaner, to a gardener or a fruit seller. But one thing will be for sure, the essence of art will be present, because this is a gift, this is the poetry of the Gods.”
The Black Tulip is on display at the Premchand Roychand Gallery, Mumbai (Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, 159-161 Mahatma Gandhi Road, Fort) until June 20, 2015. It will also be on display at the Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi (Rabindra Bhavan, 35, Ferozeshah Road) from September 1-16, 2015.