Though the term installation-art came into use in the 70s,
history of this art can be traced back to its early Indian art
manifestations. This contemporary art form, which of late
has gained popularity in India also, thanks to the western
influences via Triennales -- the international art exhibitions
that the Central Lalit Kala Akademi -- holds after every three
years, crosses many stylistic categories -- it can be abstract
or narrative, political or purely theoretical, temporary or permanent.
In this art form an entire exhibition space is transformed
into a three-dimensional work of art. The range of materials used in art-installations
is almost limitless.
It was in the late 1910s that the modern aspects of installation-art
started appearing in the work of those artists who wanted to go
beyond the conventional concepts of painting and sculpture.