“7000 Museums: A Project For The Republic Of India is comprised of a comprehensive body of artworks, with oil paintings, water colours and sculptural assemblages. The works evoke a layered dialogue with varied conceptual frameworks from the Museumʼs collection, as they reference defining moments of history, art history, as well as the semantics of museums and museum displays.
Atul (Dodiya) addresses the complexity of various simultaneous happenings in history of politics, art and culture, through playful interventions in his works. While the water colour series humorously address ideas of local cultural representation through a construction of mock museums, the paintings in oil which reference historical photographs of events from the freedom struggle are interrupted through abstractions from the works of artists of the time, such as Rabindranath Tagore.
The exhibition is a continuation of the Museumʼs curatorial series, ʻEngaging Traditionsʼ, which encourages contemporary artists to engage with the Museumʼs history and collection.
Through the series, artists are invited to respond to the Museumʼs collection, history and archives, addressing issues that speak directly to the traditions and issues that underlie the founding of the Museum, yet evoke the present by challenging orthodoxies and questioning assumptions.”
The Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Mumbai City Museum is a museum about museums, showing how museums were conceived, presented and their early objectives and aspirations. It is located at 91 A, Rani Baug, Veer Mata Jijbai Bhonsle Udyan, Dr. Baba Saheb Ambedkar Marg, Byculla East, Mumbai.