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 First Triennale, New Delhi
March 31, 1968

First Triennale, New Delhi

A commemorative postage stamp on the 1st Triennale, a global event for contemporary art works, held in New Delhi :

Triennale Emblem and MedalIssued by India

Issued on Mar 31, 1968

Issued for : The Indian P&T. Department is specially interested in the developments in Indian art because the postage stamps issued by it are largely an artistic representation of the various facets of Indian life and culture. The Department is happy to associate itself with this great exhibition of world art and to issue a special postage stamp to commemorate it.

Type : StampMint Condition

Colour : Blue and Orange 

Denomination : 15 Paise

Overall Size : 3.91 X 2.90 cms.

Printing Size : 3.56 X 2.54 cms.

Perforation : 13 x 13

Watermark : Printed on unwatermarked paper

Number Printed : 20,00,000

Number per issue Sheet : 35

Printing Process : Photogravure

Designed and Printed at : India Security Press

About : 

  • Lovers of art in India have not so far had the opportunity to see the developments in art in the contemporary world. Periodical exhibitions of world art, such as are held in Venice or Paris, were not attempted so far in this country as there was no machinery or institution to undertake the responsibility. The Lalit Kala Akademi has now filled this void and has initiated the project of Triennales of contemporary international art. This venture forms a part of major projects organised under the auspices of UNESCO.
  • This First Triennale was inaugurated at New Delhi by the President of IndiaDr. Zakir Hussain on the 10th February, 1968. It was on view till the 31st of March, 1968. The exhibits for the Indian Section have been carefully selected by well-known experts in the field. A large number of exhibits from as many as 32 countries are on view at the show. These include Western countries as well as quite a few Afro-Asian countries. The works of art on display comprise graphics, paintings and sculptures. An international jury of art critics and connoisseurs have chosen the exhibits considered worthy of awards. The awards have been made separately for the International Section and the Indian Section.
  • The First Triennale – India is an event of major significance to artists in India and abroad. Modern art is an expression of the gropings and questionings of artists in the midst of the challenges which are now facing humanity. Therefore experimentalism is the key note of present world of art, of which Indian art is an integral part. The doubts besetting man are basically common to India and to the rest of the world without the barrier of any frontier. The First Triennale will undoubtedly contribute to the free interplay of ideas among the artists of India and the other countries, which is so essential in these times of uncertainty and conflict. It will also enable our artists to become better known outside India.
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