Art around the world: India


This beautiful country has given us, among others, two great contemporary artists: Anish Kapoor and Subodh Gupta. Around these days, and for the first time in his career, Gupta is presenting a solo exhibition at New Delhi's National Gallery for Modern Art (NGMA) where he is showing a series of sculptures made of stainless steel boiling and frying pans. 

Everything is inside, by Subodh Gupta (view of the exhibition)  
National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi -  India, 2014
Gupta, age 50, was raised and studied in India. His shinny sculptures of daily kitchenware have unusual dimensions. The piling of elements, plus the size, give these pieces monumental proportions. 
Everything is inside, by Subodh Gupta (view of the exhibition)  
National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi -  India, 2014
The artist refers to his work as "simple" and inspired by the things surrounding him. "This is my life. It's where I come from. I don't want to fool anyone", Gupta explains. He lives in one of the poorest  zones in India. The idea for this exhibition came to him when he saw the Indian workers returning from Middle East after two or three days living abroad. Most of them carried their belongings tied with ropes in a package. Nothing, not even the triflest of kitchen goods, was left behind. That's why the artist titled the exhibition: Everything is inside.
As we always do here, we try to link what happens in the Art world with the collections of the MNBA in Argentina. Unfortunately, the museum has no art from India but it has a  piece in which an artist, fifty years ago, discovers the same material (stainless steel) and creates a work of kinetic art.
Plus Helicoidal, by Marta Boto (ca. 1967)
Materials: metal, light, motor / Measures: 45 x 41 x 23 cm
This light instalation by Marta Boto (Buenos Aires, 1925 – París, 2004) is made of a box with three revolving axis with a series of stainless steel discs, Behind them, she placed a steel sheet lightly curved. When the motor that rotate the axis is ignited, the discs reflect a variety of ondulations.  With this work Boto tried to metaphorize the modernity of the 60s, creating a wavy movement quite unusual around those days. 
The same material is used by two different artists to express totally opposed ideas… 

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