Completed in 2011, Geeta Kapur and Vivan Sundaram’s digitised archive of modern and contemporary Indian art brings to the public a broad range of material collected by Kapur and Sundaram since the 1960s. The collection not only documents the artwork and writings produced and published thus far during Kapur and Sundaram’s prolific careers, but also documents events in India’s art community over the last 50 years. The full archive will gradually be made accessible through the Collection Online.
The Artists section contains over 6,500 images of artworks and exhibition views. Images range from work by artists such as Amrita Sher-Gil that date back to 1930 to images of works by emerging artists in 2010. Approximately 3,200 of the images documenting works by 145 artists have been converted from 35mm slides to digital format, while the remainder originated in CD/DVD format. Most of the slides and CDs were given to Kapur and Sundaram by artists and private collectors over the years. Thus, this trove of images brings to light many artworks that are rarely found in publications or other publicly accessible documentation. While the collection includes extensive material on such well-known Indian artists as M.F. Husain, Tyeb Mehta, J. Swaminathan, Nasreen Mohamedi, Bhupen Khakhar, Sudhir Patwardhan, K.G. Subramanyan, Rummana Hussain, Nalini Malani, K.P. Krishnakumar, Navjot Altaf, Sheela Gowda, and Pushpamala N., among others, it does not cover the entire oeuvre of any of these artists. Instead, it reveals Kapur and Sundaram’s own preferences and interests.