IMPACT: design thinking and the visual arts in young India (colour)

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This is the first in a series of Chatterjee & Lal exhibitions charting design thinking in India during the 20th Century. For IMPACT, the focus has been on the individuals, groups and institutions active soon after independence and working at the intersection between art and design.

The exhibition proposes a cultural environment – dating between the 1950s and the 1980s – which was characterised by increasing fluidity between the disciplines of design and the visual arts. Two key examples of this phenomenon are the National Institute of Design (NID), Ahmedabad, and the pan-India initiative of the Weavers’ Service Centre; in both cases, cross-disciplinary thinking was a key driver to the success of these institutions.

Exhibition catalogue


  • Softbound
  • 28 pages, 8 x 5.5 x 0.2 in
  • 17 colour Illustrations
  • 9 b/w Illustrations