Subodh Gupta’s Retrospective Art Show: Adda / Rendez-vous

Two Cows, 2003-2008. Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth. Photo: Stefan Altenburger Photography / Zurich. This among other landmark works by Subodh Gupta

Paris is hosting celebrated Indian Contemporary artist Subodh Gupta’s solo Retrospective show called,Adda / Rendez-vous’ from April 12-Aug 26, 2018.

The artist often known as the ‘Godfather of Indian Contemporary Art’ was born in Patna, Bihar, and lives in Delhi now. He is known for experimenting with a variety of media such as painting, photography, installations, performances and sculptures. Everyday objects such as utensils (yes, that’s right, pots and pans from the kitchen!) that are ubiquitous throughout India are often seen as a part of Gupta’s installations.

What is a Retrospective art show?

A retrospective art show is an art exhibition where works of the artist are brought together from different time periods, like from the start of his career to when he achieved success. It shows the evolution of the artists’ style and ideas and is presented in a chronological manner.

 Why is the show named ‘Adda/Rendez-vous’?

An exhibition is a place where discussion and debates will occur. Art lovers will visit and view Subodh Gupta’s installations, hence it has been aptly named after the Hindi word ‘Adda’ meaning a local place to hangout in or French ‘rendez-vous’ meaning a get together or a place where people meet.

Subodh Gupta’s love for using utensils

The artist uses utensils in his installations he collects from all over old or new. It reflects the practices of an individual and a community on the whole as well as reflects his love for helping out in his mother’s kitchen. From such iconic ordinary items such as tiffins the artist produces monumental sculptures that are a depiction of his homeland India as well as have become objects of modern art. As Gupta says,” I leave my installations open ended so I can invite responses from viewers. Ultimately art has to be about conversations.”

Subodh Gupta, Monnaie de Paris. Photo copyright: Martin Argyrogl

By Rishita Chandra

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