Beyond the Page: South Asian Miniature Painting at MK Gallery

7 October 2023 – 28 January 2024

Project description

The Bagri Foundation is pleased to support the landmark exhibition at MK Gallery –  Beyond the Page: South Asian Miniature Painting and Britain, 1600 to Now.

Featuring exquisite historic paintings from major collections, the exhibition explores how the traditions of South Asian miniature paintings have been reclaimed and reinvented by modern and contemporary artists.

Through a journey of over 170 historic, modern and contemporary works, the exhibition examines Britain’s role in the development of the tradition and explores how it has been reclaimed and reinvented, as artists, since the 20th century, have taken it beyond the pages of illuminated manuscripts to experimental forms that include installations, sculpture and film.

The exhibition is curated by Hammad Nasar and Anthony Spira with advice from Emily Hannam.

About MK Gallery

Since opening in 1999, MK Gallery has developed a reputation as one of the UK’s leading public art galleries, commissioning and presenting British and international contemporary art.

Programming multiple major exhibitions a year, MK Gallery has an outstanding track record of presenting critically acclaimed and high-quality exhibitions, including shows by Archigram, Michael Craig-Martin, Jeremy Deller, Nasreen Mohamedi, Piranesi and Andy Warhol. Its international partnerships provide a connection between Milton Keynes and the wider world, channelling ambitious ideas and artistic excellence into the region.

MK Gallery works with partners locally, nationally and internationally to bring the best cultural activities into the region. The Gallery is part of the Arts Council’s National Portfolio and a member of the Plus Tate network.

Image credits: Olivia Fraser, Singing the Phad, 2001, Watercolour on paper.