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  • Rajan Sharma New Delhi, Jun 9(PTI)
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    ichelangelo without his nudes! That's the dilemma Russian curator Yasha Yavorskaya faced when she put together the multimedia exposition, 'The Drifting Canvas', and was told to be cautious while choosing artists for an Indian audience.

    And that is why the ongoing exhibition at Select City Walk here does not have any works of Italian Michelangelo, or indeed nudes by 11 other artists, including Vincent van Gogh, Claude Monet, Paul Gauguin and Henri Rousseau.

    Art culture in India, says Yavorskaya, is much more conservative than what is usually acceptable for art connoisseurs in Europe. The irony of this being the land of Kamasutra was not lost on anybody.

    "We have had heard about reports of protest against artists who showcase nudity in their art works. So we thought of self-censorship and excluded some iconic works. For India, we made content without nudity," Yavorskaya told PTI.

    'The Drifting Canvas', that comes to Delhi after travelling to more than 12 countries, including China, Russia, Germany, Brazil and Poland, showcases a unique amalgamation of technology and art with the glorious works of classic masters coming alive in a movie.

    A huge canopy welcomes art enthusiasts in the mall; 7,000 sq ft of panoramic screens project the essence of Western art. Featuring more than 1,000 animated paintings, the two hour show is an exposition of the best of the masters. The 24 larger than life HD screens and neo-classical music in the movie transports spectators into an interactive and emotional space.

    Yavorskaya collected around 1,000 pictures which were composed into digital format while keeping in mind the exact compositions and colours of the originals. Later, they were converted into story boards. The purpose was to educate people about iconic artists who have left their mark in the history.

    "These were original paintings which have been divided by our motion designer into layers and later they were put in a format to move with each other. It took us nearly one year to complete the project. We have collected their works from different museums.

    "For me it is an initiative to realise the importance of old art and create a bridge that can educate and benefit new artists. Unfortunately, we do not know much about classic art," she says.

    Although there is not much information about the art works in the movie, large-size manifestations talk vividly about the lives of p

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