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Subodh Gupta

In This Vessel Lies the Philosopher’s Stone, exhibition view,  2017, Galleria Continua, San Gimignano, Photo Ela Bialkowska, OKNO Studio

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In This Vessel Lies the Philosopher’s Stone, exhibition view, 2017, Galleria Continua, San Gimignano, Photo Ela Bialkowska, OKNO Studio

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Long Now, 2017, steel, plaster, found bronze utensil, wood, oil, 183 (diameter) x 164 (height) cm, Photo Ela Bialkowska, OKNO Studio

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White Line, 2017, polished steel, led, 122 (diameter) x 152,5 (height) cm, Photo Ela Bialkowska, OKNO Studio

Subodh Gupta

White Line, 2017, polished steel, led, 122 (diameter) x 152,5 (height) cm, Photo Ela Bialkowska, OKNO Studio

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In This Vessel Lies The Philosopher's Stone, 2017, brass, rock, steel cable, pigment, 61 cm (diameter), Photo Ela Bialkowska, OKNO Studio

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What’s In A Name? - series, 2017, watercolors on paper, 18 elements: framed 46 x 37 x 4 cm each, Photo Ela Bialkowska, OKNO Studio

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What’s In A Name?, 2017, watercolors on paper, 46 x 37 x 4 cm (framed), Photo Ela Bialkowska, OKNO Studio

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Inside Out, 2017, plaster, brass, steel, 110,5 x 70 x 13 cm, Photo Ela Bialkowska, OKNO Studio

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Inside Out, 2017, plaster, brass, steel, 110,5 x 70 x 13 cm, Photo Ela Bialkowska, OKNO Studio

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Unknown Treasure, 2017, brass and mixed media, 427 x 122 x 135 cm, Photo Ela Bialkowska, OKNO Studio

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Unknown Treasure, 2017, brass and mixed media, 427 x 122 x 135 cm, Photo Ela Bialkowska, OKNO Studio

Subodh Gupta

Cooking The World, 2017, aluminum utensils, steel, cable, wood, kitchen appliances, dimensions variable, Photo Sebastiano Pellion, installation view Art Basel Unlimited 2017

Subodh Gupta

Cooking The World, 2017, aluminum utensils, steel, cable, wood, kitchen appliances, dimensions variable, Photo Sebastiano Pellion, installation view Art Basel Unlimited 2017

Subodh Gupta

Cooking The World, 2017, aluminum utensils, steel, cable, wood, kitchen appliances, dimensions variable, Photo Sebastiano Pellion, installation view Art Basel Unlimited 2017

Subodh Gupta

Cooking The World, 2017, aluminum utensils, steel, cable, wood, kitchen appliances, dimensions variable, Photo Peter Hauck, installation view Art Basel Unlimited 2017

Subodh Gupta

Cooking The World, 2017, aluminum utensils, steel, cable, wood, kitchen appliances, dimensions variable, Photo Peter Hauck, installation view Art Basel Unlimited 2017

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Ali Baba, 2011, wood, steel, stainless steel utensils, aluminum, lights, wire, 12 x 47,25 m, Photo Marc Domage, Exhibition PARIS- DELHI- BOMBAY, Centre Pompidou Paris, France, 2011

Subodh Gupta

Ali Baba, 2011, wood, steel, stainless steel utensils, aluminum, lights, wire, 12 x 47,25 m, Photo Marc Domage, Exhibition PARIS- DELHI- BOMBAY, Centre Pompidou Paris, France, 2011

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Ali Baba, 2011, wood, steel, stainless steel utensils, aluminum, lights, wire, 12 x 47,25 m, Photo Oak Taylor-Smith, installation view Galleria Continua, Les Moulins 2016

Subodh Gupta

Ali Baba, 2011, wood, steel, stainless steel utensils, aluminum, lights, wire, 12 x 47,25 m, Photo Oak Taylor-Smith, installation view Galleria Continua, Les Moulins 2016

Subodh Gupta

5 Offerings for the Greedy Gods, 2006-2008
stainless steel utensils
450 x 1100 x 400 cm, Photo Ela Bialkowska, Exhibition: There is always cinema, 2008 / San Gimignano

Subodh Gupta

5 Offerings for the Greedy Gods, 2006-2008
stainless steel utensils
450 x 1100 x 400 cm, Photo Ela Bialkowska, Exhibition: There is always cinema, 2008 / San Gimignano

Subodh Gupta

There is always cinema (I), 2008, objets trouvés, nickel, brass, variable dimensions, Photo Ela Bialkowska

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There is always cinema (I), 2008, objets trouvés, nickel, brass, variable dimensions, Photo Ela Bialkowska

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There is always cinema (XII), 2008, objet trouvé, nickel, brass, 3 elements: 133 x 85 x 4, 5 cm each, Photo Ela Bialkowska

Subodh Gupta

There is always cinema (XII), 2008, objet trouvé, nickel, brass, 3 elements: 133 x 85 x 4, 5 cm each, Photo Ela Bialkowska

Subodh Gupta - a visual voice for society

Subodh Gupta was born in 1964 in India. He studied painting at the College of Arts and Crafts in Patna and now lives and works in New Delhi. Cultural identity is the main theme Gupta has been working with during his career, and his visual writings declare solidarity with the environment and his epoch. Moreover, his works are often composed by the familiar and the spectacular.
The first part of his career is characterised by video and performance but he soon started dedicating himself exclusively to sculpture with a performative dynamic that is still perceptible in the sculpture’s monumental dimension. In his works, the artist addresses the themes of family and home, but also refers to a voice of the common man and the stories of migration. Through the objects in his works he points towards truths of the marginalised sections of Indian society that struggle for their daily needs, but also the shimmering growth of the Indian economy. In addition to dealing with Indian popular, visual and spiritual culture, the artist's work also extends to the Western tradition.
One could say that the work of Gupta, moving from the countryside to the city, is an allegory of his own society, in all its aspects and social spheres. The monumental sculptures and installations of the artist, made by assembling hundreds of tools in sparkling stainless steel, for example, reflect the short-circuit between archaic and modern culture, traditions and change. The artist's recent solo exhibitions were those at Museum Monnaie De Paris (2018), Hauser & Wirth, Somerset UK (2016), Victoria & Albert Museum, London UK (2015) and in Germany in 2014 at the MMK Museum fur Moderne Kunst Frankfurt am Main.

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