Recent Exhibitions
Concrete Kingdom: Sculptures by Nek Chand
April 4–September 24, 2006
“Concrete Kingdom: Sculptures by Nek Chand” showcases the work of this visionary self-taught artist from India, whose thousands of cement animal and human sculptures occupy a 25-acre site-specific art installation, the Rock Garden, in Chandigarh, India. The American Folk Art Museum recently acquired 29 works from a miniature garden Nek Chand built for the National Children’s Museum, in Washington, D.C. (reopening in 2012). These sculptures, along with five already in the museum’s collection, are featured in groupings on tiered pedestals, echoing the design of the original Rock Garden. Large-scale photographic images demonstrate the grand scale of the world’s largest and most significant folk art environment. The exhibition also examines how Nek Chand has adjusted his private vision into a public one and how the mission of the Rock Garden has adapted to reflect the needs of its community.

Brooke Davis Anderson, Juliana Driever, and Lee Kogan, curators
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Credits
“Concrete Kingdom: Sculptures by Nek Chand” is supported in part by the Gerard C. Wertkin Exhibition Fund.