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New Delhi: A group of 30 contemporary Indian artists are set to exhibit their works in Italy as part of an initiative to strengthen mutual relationships among artists between the two countries.


Mooted by Italian art connoisseur Roberto Callegari, the exhibition featuring 176 works curated by Ravindra Varma would be showcased in Padova near Venice between September 3 and September 30 this year.

The Italian town in situated adjacent to the renowned city of Venice and is known for its educational Institutions and cultural activities.


"Most of the participants are teachers from various universities and colleges of art across India. A few of them are retired school teachers and a few are upcoming artists," Varma told PTI adding that participating artists were between 31 years to 88 years.


Most of the works - both paintings and sculptures- scheduled to be displayed are abstracts with a few lithographs and graphic arts also included.

"All the works have an Indian ethos in them. The styles of course may vary," says the curator.

Varma who holds a diploma in Italian from Jawaharlal Nehru University had met Callegari an art collector during his stay in Italy for two years.


"It was originally Callegari's idea to hold an exhibition. We are also looking at bringing a group of Italian artists to India early next year," says Varma.


Callegari says his passion for contemporary art induced him to establish a cultural association along with artists of Padova and started organising cultural events and collective art exhibitions.

"Working hand in with artists, I realised the importance of relations between the artist and public and between the artists themselves. These events help exchange knowledge and give wider perspective to understand life," says Callegari.

"I consider India a country which has contributed greatly to my growth ever since my first visit to India in 1995. Organising this exhibition is a grand occasion to discover the Indian conscience and its culture through art. Exchange of thoughts will create better understanding between the two countries," adds the Italian art collector.




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