Subodh Gupta’s exhibition “Everything is Inside” is holding at MMK 1, Museum für Moderne Kunst, till January 18th, 2015. He shows bronze fruits, gilded bicycles, marble lunchboxes and gigantic installations of stainless steel dishes. The artist’s most comprehensive retrospective to date in Europe, the show reflects a contemporary conception of India as a society for which traditional values, spirituality and religious belief are just as important as the consistent pursuit of modernization and the related transformation processes in all areas of life.
An aspect shared by all of the artist’s works – from sculptures and installations to paintings and performances – is their contemplation of local phenomena in a global context. For his art, Gupta employs everyday objects considered typically Indian and questions the cultural meanings attributed to them. With an oversize lunchbox made of marble, for example, he alludes to differing cultural imprints. Marble – a luxury product in the Western scheme of things – is a standard construction material in India, where it is used for the floors and bathrooms of the middle class.
Subodh Gupta “Everything is Inside”
Date: September 12th, 2014 – January 18th, 2015
Opening hours: 10:00 –18:00 (Wednesday until 20:00)
Place: MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst
Address: Domstraße 10, 60311 Frankfurt am Main
Tel: +49 (0)69 2123 0447
Admission: € 8.00 (MMK Zollamt: € 4.00) / free on the last Saturday of each month)
Text: Aya Shomura