Late Indian sculptor Mrinalini Mukherjee’s works have transformed the galleries of the Metropolitan Museum in New York. The retrospective titled 'Phenomenal Nature' is curated by Shanay Jhaveri, known for opening up the doors for precious South Asian art in the West.
The current retrospective shows 60 of the late artist’s best work in fiber, as well as her towering contributions in ceramic and bronze sculpture.
Mrinalini Mukherjee, who was the daughter of Benode Behari and Leela Mukherjee, began as a painter and joined a course for mural design at Baroda’s MS University. Her work in hemp is extraordinary and groundbreaking, and with some of it being exhibited in New York, the city’s art lovers have a front-seat view into the genius of Mukherjee.
Mukherjee passed away in Delhi in February 2015 at the age of 65, leaving behind a rich oeuvre of work that shattered stereotypes and heralded a new era for powerful female voices in Indian sculpture.