A home for Jehangir's collection
Nicholson Art Foundation's first exhibition, Six Decades: Celebrating the Bombay Artists from the Jehangir Nicholson Collection, opened at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (CSMVS), formerly known as the Prince of Wales Museum in Mumbai.
The Jehangir Nicholson Collection tells the story of contemporary Indian art. What was perhaps most important to the pint-sized collector was to collect works from different phases of an artist's life so that he had a record of the artist's progress and passage. He wasn't happy just to have one token work from every important artist. The works of Raza and Laxman Shreshtha's shifting phases, for instance, are dramatically evident in the collection, as Nicholson bought them steadily from the forties onwards. As art critic Ranjit Hoskote says, "These paintings demarcate a rich universe of concern, revolving as they do around the relationship between an ironic human consciousness and a vast cosmos that speaks to it in polyphonic voices and signs ablaze with mystery."