Bhupen Khakhar, 'You Can't Please All' 1981
Now Booking Tate Modern Exhibition

Bhupen Khakhar You Can’t Please All

Until 6 November 2016

Free entry for Members

Bhupen Khakhar, You Can't Please All 1981. © Bhupen Khakhar

Explore the extraordinary paintings of this key figure in modern Indian art

Renowned for his unique figurative style and incisive observations of class and sexuality, Bhupen Khakhar (1934-2003) played a central role in modern Indian art and was a key international figure in 20th century painting. This landmark exhibition showcases vivid works on canvas, luminous watercolour paintings and experimental ceramics. 

An accountant-turned-artist, Bhupen Khakhar demonstrated a commitment to representing his world with unflinching honesty. High and low merged in narrative paintings with influences ranging from devotional aesthetics and street culture to European painting and pop art. He confronted provocative themes, particularly his sexuality, with rare sensitivity and wit. Haunting portraits of ordinary men and last works describing his struggle with cancer express a rare humanity.  

Bringing together Khakhar’s work from across five decades and collections around the world for the first time since his death, this is a unique opportunity to discover his extraordinary work and inspirational story.

Join the conversation #Khakhar

A painting of three men in suits in a wooded tropical landscape with a helicopter in the background

Bhupen Khakhar American Survey Officer 1969 Kiran Nadar Museum of Art


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1 June – 6 November 2016


£12 FREE for Members

Adult £12 (without donation £10.90)
Concession £10.50 (without donation £9.50)
Under 12s FREE (up to four per family adult)
Family tickets available (two adults and two children 12–18 years) by telephone or in the gallery
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Tate Modern Talk and Lecture

Exhibition Tour: Timothy Hyman on Bhupen Khakhar

10 Oct 2016

Join us for an hour-long discussion, followed by a chance to explore the exhibition for yourself

Tate Modern Private View

Members Hours: Bhupen Khakar

Every Sat–Sun, 22–30 Oct 2016

Beat the crowds and enjoy the Bhupen Khakar exhibition before it opens

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My Memories of an Indian Master

Hear candid tales about the painter’s life and work from one of Khakhar’s friends

Who is Bhupen Khakhar?

Read an introduction to the artist

Five ways to look at Bhupen Khakhar

Explore five different approaches to the artist’s work