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Museum Exhibition

Raqib Shaw at the Frist Art Museum


15 September - 31 December 2023

Nashville, Tennessee

Raqib Shaw’s exhibition ‘Ballads of East and West’ opens at the Frist Art Museum this September. On view at the museum’s Gordon Contemporary Artists Project Gallery, the show will feature a selection of Shaw’s intricate paintings, as well as a bronze sculpture, titled Small Adam.

Locating his work within hybridised geographies, the exhibition weaves narratives that connect the artist’s childhood memories growing up in Kashmir with powerful visual reflections on the urgent climate crisis. Some paintings depict paradisiacal scenes, while others offer Boschian landscapes ignited in flames. In ‘Ballads of East and West’, Shaw envisions a world where these dichotomies are subsumed into a realm of imagination.

‘Ballads of East and West’ is a US touring exhibition. Following the Frist Art Museum, the show will be on view at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, MA (February – May 2024), The Museum of Fine Arts Houston in Texas (June – September 2024) and The Huntington Library, Art Museum & Botanical Gardens in San Marino, CA (November 2024 – March 2025).

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