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Published On: September 15, 2019 05:02 PM NPT By: Republica

‘Amalagam’ on display at SAG

‘Amalagam’ on display at SAG

Art Gallery is a place which works as a window to the past, present and future of a place through the artworks. The reason is artists are influenced by the social, cultural, political, natural, economical and religious factors of that place and beyond.

Moreover, Siddhartha Art Gallery (SAG) established by eminent artist Shashikala Tiwari and Sangeeta Thapa in Pratap Bhawan Complex in Kantipath has been showcasing artworks of talented artist since September 28, 1987.

According to a press statement released by Siddhartha Art Gallery, the Gallery's premier exposition ‘September Collection’ featured the works of over 40 artists. Several iterations of the ‘September Collection’ were showcased over the years: 1988, 1989, in 1990 as the ‘Autumn Collection’, 1993, 1994, in 2004 as ‘November Medley’ and then again 2005. The exhibitions featured the works of eminent artists of this period.

The Collection gradually morphed into "Monsoon Moods” in 1998, 2001, 2002 and 2003. Both national and international artists participated in these well attended editions. In May 1998 the Siddhartha Art Gallery moved to Baber Mahal Revisited.

A decision was made to re-title this collective exhibition as several expositions with the same theme and the same pool of artists were being held across the city. Thus, was born the collective show “New Artists on the Block’, which featured the works of mid tier and upcoming artists. Two editions of this exhibition were held in 2012 and 2014. In order to embrace both established artists and the ever burgeoning pool of new artists, the Siddhartha Art Gallery decided to once again rework the title of the show to “Amalgam."

The word “amalgam” means a mixture of different elements - which aptly sums the show as it incorporates many elements, mediums and inspiration. The Amalgam shows were held in 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014 and in 2018.

The current exhibition is the 8th edition in the Amalgam series and has been very well received over the years. Amalgam is an annual event that is designed to coincide with the Gallery’s 32nd anniversary on the 28th of September.

More importantly the exposition pays homage, to the artists of Nepal. This is exhibition also marks the 500th exhibition organized by the Siddhartha Art Gallery and features the works of 54 artists including Ang Tsherin Sherpa, Asha Dangol , Bhairaj Maharjan, Bhushan Duwal , Bidhata KC, Binod Pradhan, Dr Seema Sharma, Erina Tamrakar, Gopal K Shrestha, Hitman Gurung , Jasmin Rajbhandari, SC Suman, Sangee Shrestha, Sanjeev Maharjan, Saurganga Darshandhari, Sheelasha Rajbhandari, Shraddha Shrestha, among others.

The exhibition embraces multiple genres, painting, printmaking and sculpture. A part of the proceeds from the sale of the exhibition will be donated to the Kathmandu Triennale 2020, which is managed by the Siddhartha Arts Foundation.

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