Animal-Themed Art in Pakistan

The first Pakistan-based solo show of an Italian contemporary artist calls attention to the plight of the country’s fragile population of fauna, which includes the endangered snow leopard and the threatened markhor, a large mountain goat. Maurizio Boscheri’s “Wildly Ours: Past, Present and Future of Pakistani Wildlife” opened this week and will run through Sunday, 28 August at the Mohatta Palace Museum in Karachi. 

Boscheri, who uses brightly-colored oil paint to model animals against simplified backgrounds reminiscent of Japanese woodblock prints, was born in Mezzolombardo in May 1955. He began painting in 1997. Bosheri’s work was featured at the 2011 Venice Biennale and in the book Animali nell’arte. Dalla preistoria alla nuova figurazione (Skira, 2005). He splits his time between Rovereto in Italy and Galle in Sri Lanka, where he maintains a studio.

The exhibition was organized through a collaboration with the museum, the Italian Consulate in Karachi, and the World Wildlife Fund-Pakistan, and curated by Mario Liberali.

The End of the Dynasty, 2012. Image:

The Young King, 2015. Image:

Peacocks, 2008. Image:

The Mohatta Palace Museum in Karachi. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Frog, 2014. Image:

Maurizio Boreshi. Photo: The Mohatta Palace Museum.

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