Amrita Sher-Gil: her journey
Although Amrita Sher-Gil has not, to date, achieved the widespread international popularity of her better known contemporary Frida Kahlo, she was, like Kahlo, a highly influential figure in twentieth century art. The Amrita Sher-Gil Cultural Centre in Budapest celebrates and honours this fact with an ongoing programme of research and exhibitions exploring the life and legacy of the Hungarian-Indian painter.
The Centre has recently produced a documentary film telling the story and journey of Amrita as a person and an artist. Called Amrita – a story that lives in Art the documentary features the perspectives of key individuals from the Cultural Centre who have studied and worked on Amrita Sher-Gil over the last decade, and provides fascinating insights into the life of the inspirational painter who has been called "one of the greatest avant-garde women artists of the early 20th century."
While the main subject of the film is Amrita herself, there are also intriguing comparisons to be made with Frida Kahlo, whose life and art in many ways mirrored that of Sher-Gil.
Amrita Sher-Gil Cultural Centre will be showcasing the film in Budapest in December 2020, when they are holding an event celebrating Amrita's anniversary.
In advance of this, we are proud to be presenting this film as part of our wider Two Fridas project. It can be viewed below (Hungarian with English subtitles):