The exhibition Raqib Shaw: Palazzo della Memoria, curated by Sir Norman Rosenthal, showcases twelve artworks created by Raqib Shaw over the past two years. The exhibition is organised by Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia, Ca’ Pesaro – Galleria internazionale d’arte moderna in collaboration with White Cube and draws inspiration from Italian and Venetian artistic traditions, particularly the works of Tintoretto, Giorgione, and Pannini.
Shaw, who was born in Kashmir and now resides in London, explores themes of homeland loss and exile in his paintings. His highly detailed and elaborate works depict imaginary worlds that hold personal and psychological significance. Often large in scale, Shaw’s paintings combine various influences, ranging from Old Master techniques to miniature painting traditions and from Ovid’s poetry to Persian and Indian Islamic culture. Through his art, Shaw compresses time and space, traversing landscapes, seasons, myths, and historical eras.
Raqib’s exquisitely detailed universe is honoured in a new softback publication designed by Studio Ard, with a glossy dust jacket, and carefully typeset in LL Ivory from Lineto.