Meera Mukherjee

Born in Calcutta, Meera Mukherjee received her training in arts at the Indian Society of Oriental Arts (1937–1941). She earned a diploma in painting, graphics and sculptures from Delhi Polytechnic (1947–51). Mukherjee had painted along with the Indonesian master Affandi Koesoema, when he was visiting Santiniketan, and she went on to study sculpture, painting and metal casting. Her work reflects the essence of daily life, folklore, Bengali calligraphy, music and dance.

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Training and Education in Art

1937–41 Indian Society of Oriental Arts
1947–51 Delhi Polytechnic, Diploma in Painting, Graphics and Sculptures
1952–53 Spent a month painting with the Indonesian master Affandi Koesoema, in Santiniketan, West Bengal
1953–56 Studied painting, sculpture, etching and lithography at the Akademie der Bildenden Kunste, Munich
1960 Metal casting with the Gharuas of Bastar region, now in Chhattisgarh
1961–62 Metal casting with craftsmen of West Bengal, Bihar and Orissa; metal work with Nepal’s Shakya craftsmen
1965 Research Fellowship from the Anthropological Survey of India, conducted a survey of indigenous metal artisans in India
1967 Survey of folk metal craftsmen

Recent Solo Exhibitions

2008 An Exhibition of Sculptures by Meera Mukherjee, Galerie 88, Kolkata
2010 Memories of Meera, Akar Prakar, Kolkata
2012 Sculptures of Meera Mukherjee (1923–1998), presented by Akar Prakar and Sheraton, New Delhi, as a collateral event of India Art Fair 2012; A World in Bronze: Meera Mukherjee at the Buchheim Museum by Akar Prakar in collaboration with ICCR and Indien-Institut.

Selected Posthumous Group Exhibitions

2008 3 Masters Briefly, Akar Prakar, Kolkata; Freedom 2008: Sixty Years after Indian Independence, Centre for International Modern Art (CIMA), Kolkata
2011 Time Unfolded, Kiran Nadar Museum of Art (KNMA), New Delhi; The Intuitive: Logic Revisited, from the Osian’s collection at the World Economic Forum, Davos, Switzerland

2018 New Configurations, KNMA, Noida; Songs of the uncaged bird, NGMA, New Delhi

Awards
1967–68 President’s Award for master craftsmen in metal work
1980 Abanindranath Smriti Puruskar, Government of West Bengal
1992 Padma Shri, Government of India

Source: Meera Mukherjee – Purity of Vision (co-published by Akar Prakar)

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