Sculpting in Time..Film Show at National Gallery of Modern Art


(Ministry of Culture, Government of India)

in collaboration with

Bangalore Film Society

invites you for the screening of films

All the films will start @ 5:30 pm. Entry is Free on first come first serve basis. All are invited!

Tea/coffee will be served after the screening.


Sculpting in Time

Throughout film history, artists have brought an original perspective to filmmaking. Artists hold an understanding of the formal elements and principles of art, including the interactions between space, color, emphasis, movement, and rhythm. Many experimental films, particularly early ones, relate to arts in other disciplines: painting, dance, literature and poetry, or arise from research and development of new technical resources.

While there may be thousands of visual artists who utilize film in their practise, perhaps in the form of video installations of short movies, there’s a clear distinction between this and an artist who makes the brave leap from the gallery space to the movie theater.

Beyond that, the tactility of producing visual art contributes to the manner in which artists construct the mise en scène of their films. Artist made films often draw from the ideas of contemporary art practices and art history, contributing to contextually informed films.

Tuesday 13th February, 2018



Un Chien Andalou

Directed by Luis Buñuel with Salvador Dali | 20 minutes | 1929

A classic, revolutionary short film, Un Chien Andalou abandons linear narrative for a dream-like succession of provocative, unexplained images, from ants devouring a man’s hand to the infamous eyeball slit by a razor. This collaboration between Luis Bunuel and Salvador Dali is an essential masterpiece of the surrealist movement.



Through the Eyes of a Painter

Directed by M. F. Husain  | 17:36 Minutes | 1967

An early cinematic experiment of M. F. Hussain, the film which was made in 1967 presents the artist’s impressions of Rajasthan. The artist’s journey through the country side and villages is interspersed with flashes of his sketches which includes a delightful sketch on the body of a cow.



Directed by Tyeb Mehta | India |15:40 Minutes | 1970

“Visionary post-war modernist Tyeb Mehta channels the nightmares of the nation in Koodal, at once the artist’s self-described “autobiography” and a profound meditation on collage, crowd control, cinematic subjectivity and the violence buried within every glorious act of foundation.” Koodal evokes, envisions and enters the dangerous city — where every public square is also an abbatoir, every mela a mob — not as a hero, but as a victim of the frenzy; not the victor, but as the body at the bottom of the pile.


Events In A Could Chamber

Directed by Ashim Ahluwalia | 21 Minutes | 2016

Akbar Padamsee made two abstract animation films accompanied by a soundscape. Audiences were obviously not ready for the films, and were dismissive of the works. The most extreme of the two, Events in a Cloud Chamber, was lost after Padamsee lent out his only copy. Half a century later, Ashim Ahluwalia attempts to reconstruct this first step in Indian experimental film. Padamsee himself, now nearly 90 years old, tells the story, and archive footage alternates with footage from Syzygy, the film that did survive. These outlines form an impressionistic sketch of the lost work – and of the mind that produced it.,

Wednesday 14th February, 2018


Directed by Julian Schnabel | English and Spanish | United States | 106 minutes | 1996

Despite living a life of extreme poverty in Brooklyn, graffiti artist Jean-Michel Basquiat  strives to rise up through the heady New York art scene of the 1970s and 1980s. He becomes the brightest star of neo-Expressionist painting and one of the most successful painters of his time, and even develops a friendship with Andy Warhol . But Basquiat’s tumultuous life, specifically his addiction to heroin, overshadows his rise to fame, threatening all.

Friday 16th February, 2018

Syndromes and a Century

Directed by Apichatpong | Thailand | 105 minutes | 2006

The film is a tribute to the director’s parents and is divided into two parts which echo each other, with the characters and dialogue in the second half essentially the same as the first, but the settings and outcome of the stories different. The first part is set in a hospital in rural Thailand, while the second half is set in a Bangkok medical center. “The film is about transformation,

Saturday 17th February, 2018


Women without Men

Directed by Shirin Neshat and Shoja Azari | Iranian | 95 minutes | 2009

A film about women in Iran, made by Iranian artist, photographer Shirin Neshat. Against the tumultuous backdrop of Iran’s 1953 CIA-backed coup d’état, the destinies of four women converge in a beautiful orchard garden, where they find independence, solace and companionship.


Tuesday 20th February, 2018



Directed by Marjane Satrapi Vincent Paronnaud | France, Iran | 96 minutes |2007

Based on Satrapi’s graphic novel about her life in pre and post-revolutionary Iran and then in Europe. The film traces Satrapi’s growth from child to rebellious, punk-loving teenager in Iran. In the background are the growing tensions of the political climate in Iran in the 70s and 80s, with members of her liberal-leaning family detained and then executed, and the background of the disastrous Iran/Iraq war.

VENUE: National Gallery of Modern Art
# 49, Manikyavelu Mansion,
Palace Road, Bangalore 5600 52.
Ph: 080 22342338

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