NGMA hosts artist Subodh Gupta
2014-01-18 Period Daily Mail India
16 January 2014    

Making the ordinary, extraordinary: NGMA hosts artist Subodh Gupta

PUBLISHED: 22:18 GMT, 16 January 2014


Pots and pans and other objects from our everyday lives get metamorphosed into the extraordinary in the hands of artist Subodh Gupta.

His 'Everything is Inside' is all about that phenomenon.
The exhibition, which is a mid-career retrospective of the Bihar-born artist, is on display at the National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA) and will be open till March 16. While most sculptures and paintings are works created in the last 20 years, Gupta has also produced a work especially for the show.

Titled 'All in the Same Boat', the installation is that of a traditional fishing boat from Kerala filled to the brim with utensils and electric fans.
Subodh Gupta's installation titled


One of the most intriguing works, also the one from which the exhibition draws its name, is the upper portion of a taxi. On top of it lies baggage made of bronze. "This solo exhibition has been curated by renowned art historian Germano Celant and is an important milestone for the NGMA. Gupta is one of the most significant contemporary artists of India. He has a unique concept of using household articles which we do not even think of for a moment before throwing them out of the house," said Minister of Culture, Chandresh Kumari Katoch, at the inaugural ceremony of the exhibition held on Thursday.

She added that she was completely taken aback when she saw one of his creations, a hut constructed entirely out of cow-dung, inside Jaipur House. The exhibition is spread across two buildings. While the Jaipur House exhibits Gupta's paintings and smallscale sculptures, a selection of his large-scale works are on display at the museum's new exhibition wing.

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