Name of the artist, who became the first Indian to be awarded the Joan Miro Prize.

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Rahul Rajpoot asked 31-May-2019 in Current affair by Rahul Rajpoot

Name of the artist, who became the first Indian to be awarded the Joan Miro Prize.

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UTKARSHA SINGHROUL answered 06-Jul-2019 by UTKARSHA SINGHROUL

The first Indian to be awarded the ‘Joan Miro Prize’ for 2019, is “Nalini Malani”.

Name of the artist, who became the first Indian to be awarded the Joan Miro Prize.

2019, has been the 7th edition of this prestigious art award all over the world. The International Award has prize money of € 70,000/- (i.e. $ 78,000/-) cash prize and is also considered as one of the most prestigious awards in arts category in all over the world. The award committee recognizes the present-day work of the artists who show the great spirit of exploration, commitment, innovation, and freedom which characterized the Spanish painter and sculptor Joan Miro's life and work.

Malani was awarded for her impressive body of work which gave a voice to "the silenced and the dispossessed voices of all over the world, most particularly of women". The jury considered her work worthy of the prize for her longstanding commitment to the values of radical imagination and socio-political awareness which all were very well demonstrated through her painting.

Malani, who was born during the British Indian Empire at Karachi in Pakistan. She grew up in Kolkata and Mumbai after her family was forced into exile after the Partition of India. Currently, she lives in Mumbai and became the first Indian artist who received this award. Therefore, her work is majorly influenced by the socio-political context under which she grew up and offers a wide angle view of that history from a female point of view. After winning the award in 2019, Malani is set to exhibit her work for the first time in Spain with a 2020 exhibition at the Miró Foundation.

Malani is also a very well-known artist who did shows in the past at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, New York's MoMA and the Stedelijk in Amsterdam. This award was her 4th International Award in the last 7 years. And this has been the first time when the award has been represented to the Non-Western Artist.

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