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The Museum of Modern Art Spotlights the Modern Architecture of South Asia

    Rendering of the Hall of Nations, or Pragati Maidan, in New Delhi, India, which was designed by Raj Rewal Associates and structural engineer Mahendra Raj, and tragically demolished in 2017. Image credit: Musée National d’Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou/MoMA

    The conventional history of modern architecture focuses on Europe and North America, despite the movement’s decidedly global impact. A more inclusive perspective emerges in “The Project of Independence: Architectures of Decolonization in South Asia, 1947-1985,” an exhibition on view at the Museum of Modern Art in New York through July 2. The Indian Express sat down with Museum of Modern Art curator Martino Stierli to discuss the exhibition. What can a museum visitor expect? Stierli has this to say:

    We are particularly interested in the theme of self-determination and how the first generation of post-independence architects in the region collectively articulated a powerful vision of a postcolonial society. This aspiration was expressed in new cities and spaces of political representation and in the construction of formally and typologically innovative buildings.