The contemporary Mori Art Museum in Tokyo, Japan is presenting artist N.S. Harsha’s mid-career retrospective exhibition, “Charming Journey”. The exhibition started on February 4th, 2017 and will be on until June 11th, 2017. On display is Harsha’s grand scale art installation ‘Nations’ where 193 Usha sewing machines are showcased. These sewing machines are overlaid with calico painted flags signifying the countries that make up the United Nations. The exhibition showcases Harsha’s major work since 1995 and explores themes running consistently through his practice.
This is the first solo exhibition by the Indian Artist at the Mori Art Musueum. To date, Mori Art Museum has staged both region-specific exhibitions showcasing the current state of contemporary art in rapidly developing parts of the globe such as China, Africa, India and the Middle East, as well as major solo exhibitions by prominent Asian artists.
Born 1969 in Mysore, Karnataka in Southern India, N. S. Harsha continues to live and work in Mysore. He received a Master’s Degree in Painting in 1995 from Maharaja Sayajirao (MS) University of Baroda. The artist is a recipient of prestigious awards including the DAAD scholarship (2012) and Artes Mundi Prize (2008). He has participated in a number of international exhibitions such as Kochi-Muziris Biennale (India, 2014); Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art (2013); Dojima River Biennale (Osaka, 2013); Adelaide International Biennial (Australia, 2012); the Yokohama Triennale (2011) and the Bienal de Sao Paulo (Brazil, 2010). He also held solo exhibitions at Institute of international Visual Arts (INIVA), London in 2009, and Ginza Maison Hermes Le Forum, Tokyo in 2008. He was also a participant in the major international touring exhibition “Indian Highway” at the Serpentine Gallery, London in 2008 (followed by five major museums all over the world through 2012), and “Chalo! India: A New Era of Indian Art” at Mori Art Museum in 2008 (touring to Seoul and Vienna in 2009). Artist NS Harsha presents art installation ‘Nations’ at Mori Museum Tokyo.