Subodh Gupta, an Indian Contemporary Artist

Subodh Gupta and Bharti Kher

Subodh Gupta

Subodh Gupta, an Indian Contemporary Artist

Subodh Gupta (born in 1964) is an Indian Contemporary artist based in New Delhi. He employs many of the original techniques of French conceptualist Marcel Duchamp by elevating the ready-made into an art object. Gupta chooses signature objects of the Indian sub-continent and relocates them as art objects in monumental installations of stainless steel and tiffin-tins. Spill is an overbearing work of great scale that has at its centre a larger than life stainless steel water vessel, with many smaller steel utensils spilling over the edge like water pouring out.

His work encompasses sculpture, installation, painting, photography, performance and video. He is married to artist Bharti Kher and is represented by Hauser & Wirth and Nature Morte, New Delhi. He lives and works in Gurugram.

Stainless steel and stainless steel utensils

Stainless steel and stainless steel utensils

Gupta’s painting Still Steal Steel is a strange juxtaposition of a still life of steel utensils in the fore-ground, with a slightly garish floral design in the background. Gupta employs the effectiveness of a hyper-realist palette that suggests that the objects are more real than reality might allow. Gupta’s configuration of steel utensils along with the introduction of a floral element appears to reference a hierarchy of decorative forms.

Gupta is best known for incorporating everyday objects that are ubiquitous throughout India, such as the steel tiffin boxes used by millions to carry their lunch as well as thali pans, bicycles, and milk pails. From such ordinary items the artist produces sculptures that reflect on the economic transformation of his homeland and which relate to Gupta’s own life and memories. As Gupta says: ‘All these things were part of the way I grew up. They are used in the rituals and ceremonies that were part of my childhood. Indians either remember them from their youth, or they want to remember them.’ And: ‘I am the idol thief. I steal from the drama of Hindu life. And from the kitchen – these pots, they are like stolen gods, smuggled out of the country. Hindu kitchens are as important as prayer rooms.’

Gupta transforms the icons of Indian everyday life into artworks that are readable globally. He is among a generation of young Indian artists whose commentary tells of a country on the move, fuelled by boiling economic growth and a more materialistic mindset. Gupta’s strategy of appropriating everyday objects and turning them into artworks that dissolve their former meaning and function brings him close to artists like Duchamp; The Guardian called him ‘the Damien Hirst of Delhi.’ He succeeds in finding an art language that references India and at the same time can be appreciated for its aesthetic throughout world; as Gupta says: ‘Art language is the same all over the world. Which allows me to be anywhere.’

With Untitled (Pot) Gupta manages to elevate his ready-mades to positions of grandeur. His still-life paintings appear to celebrate objects in space almost as successfully as his ready-mades do. Row upon row of copper based utensils and tiffin-tins hang from a kitchen ceiling. Gupta’s paintings transform the objects to appear more valuable than usual.




Sara Hildén Art Museum, Tampere, Finland
Hauser & Wirth, A glass of water, New York NY
Hauser & Wirth Outdoor Sculpture Southwood Garden, St. James’s Church, ‘Hauser & Wirth Outdoor Sculpture: Subodh Gupta, London, England

Hauser & Wirth, Zurich, Switzerland
Et tu, Duchamp?KÖR am Kunsthalle Wien project space Karlsplatz, Vienna, Austria
Arario Gallery, Cheonan, Korea
Arario Gallery, Seoul, Korea
Pinchuk Art Centre, Faith matters, Kiev, Ukraine
Tramway, Take off your shoes and wash your hands, Glasgow, Scotland
Nature Morte, Oil on canvas, New Delhi, India
Hauser & Wirth, School, London, England

Common Man, Hauser & Wirth, London, England

Still Steal Steel, Jack Shainman Gallery, New York NY
There is always Cinema, Galleria Continua, San Gimignano, Italy
Line of Control, Arario Beijing, China

In SITU – Fabienne Leclerc, Idol Thief, Paris, France
Start.Stop, Bodhi Art, Mumbai, India
Silk Route,The Baltic, Gateshead, England

Hungry Gods, Nature Morte, New Delhi, India
Artes Mundi Prize, Cardiff National Museum, Wales

Jootha, In Situ – Fabienne Leclerc, Paris, France
I Go Home Every Single Day, Jack Shainman Gallery, New York NY
Jootha, Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai, India

I Go Home Every Single Day, The Showroom Gallery, London, England

Saat Samunder Paar, Nature Morte, , New Delhi, India
This Side is the Other Side, Art & Public – Cabinet PH, Geneva, Switzerland

Recent Works, Nature Morte at Lokayata, New Delhi, India

Recent Works, Gallery Foundation for Indian Arts, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Bose Pacia Modern, New York NY
The Way Home, Gallery Chemould, Mumbai, India
Gasworks Gallery, London, England (with I Jayachandran)

Grey Zones, Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai, India

Grey Zones, Academy of Fine Arts and Literature, New Delhi, India

Recent Paintings, Gallery Espace, New Delhi, India

Jamshedpur Tata Steel, Chitrakoot Art Gallery, Belidh Club, Kolkata, India

Recent Paintings, Shridhani Art Gallery, New Delhi, India

Recent Paintings, Gandhi Sangharalya, Patna, India



Camulodunum, Firstsite, Colchester, England
Artzuid 2011, Avenues of Berlage’s Plan-Zuid, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Eating Art. From Goya to Ferran Adrià, Caixa Forum, Barcelona, Spain
In Praise of Doubt, Punta della Dogana, , Venice, Italy
Paris – Delhi – Bombay’Centre Pompidou, Paris, France
Indian Highway IV, Lyon Museum of Contemporary Art, , Lyon, France (Travelling Exhibition)
Indian Highway V, MAXXI Museo Nazionale delle Arti del XXI Secolo, Rome, Italy
Time Unfolded, Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, New Delhi, India

Indian Highway, Reykjavik Art Museum, Reykjavik, Iceland
Hareng Sauer: Ensor and Contemporary Art, S.M.A.K. – Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, Ghent, Belgium
La Route de la Soie / The Silk Road, Tri Postal, Lille, France
REMINDERS, Galleria Continua, Beijing, China
Urban Manners 2, SESC Pompeia, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Da Sopra, Castello Svevo di Bari, Bari, Italy
C’est la Vie. Vanities from Caravaggio to Damien Hirst, Fondation Dina Vierny – Musée Maillol, Paris, France
Indian Highway, Herning Kunstmuseum, , Herning, Denmark (Travelling Exhibition)
The Empire Strikes Back: Indian Art Today, The Saatchi Gallery, London, England
Contemplating the Void, Guggenheim Museum, New York NY
Art for the World (The Expo), Expo Shanghai 2010, Shanghai, China
Artefici contemporanei e difformità barocche ARCOS, Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Sannio, Benevento, Italy
Monumental, Walsh Gallery, Chicago IL

2009 Asian Art Biennial, Viewpoints and viewing points, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung, Taiwan
The 6th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Australia
Altermodern: Tate Triennial 2009, Tate Britain, London, England
Un Certain Etat du Monde? Works from the Pinault Collection, The Garage Centre for Contemporary Culture in Moscow, Moscow, Russia
Indian Narrative in the 21st Century: Between Memory and History, Casa Asia, Madrid, Spain
Passage to India Part II’Initial Access, Wolverhampton, England
Who`s Afraid of the Artists? A Selection of Works from the Pinault Collection, Palais des Arts de DinardFrance
Re-imagining Asia. A Thousand Years of Separation, The New Art Gallery Walsall, England
The 4th Fukuoka Asian Art Triennial’Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Japan
Chalo! India: A new Era of Indian Art’Essl Museum, Klosterneuburg, Austria
Indian Highway, Astrup Fearnley Museum, Oslo, Norway
Chalo! India: A new Era of Indian Art, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea

Lustwarande 08 – Wanderland. 3rd Edition Lustwarande, Park de Oude Warande & Museum De Pont, Tilburg, Netherlands
God & Goods – Spirituality and Mass Confusion, Villa Manin, , Udine, Italy
Re-imagining Asia. A Thousand Years of Separation, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany
Passage to India, Frank Cohen Collection at Initial Access, Wolverhampton, England
CHANEL Mobile Art, Hong Kong, China (Travelling Exhibition)
CHANEL Mobile Art, Tokyo, Japan (Travelling Exhibition)
CHANEL Mobile Art, New York NY, (Travelling Exhibition)
New Delhi – New Wave, Primo Marella Gallery, Milan, Italy
Frontlines: Notations from the Contemporary Indian Urban, Bodhi Art, Berlin, Germany
Stadthimmel, Klaus Littman’s project, Basel, Switzerland
Indian Focus. Artistes Indiens Contemporains dans la Collection de Claude Berri, Espace Claude Berri, Paris, France
Chalo! India: A new Era of Indian Art, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan (Travelling Exhibition)
Expanding Horizons, Bodhi Art, , Mumbai (Travels to eight venues throughout India)
Distant Nearness, The Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art at Johnson County Community College, Kansas City KS
Indian Highway, Serpentine Gallery, , London, England (Travelling Exhibition)
Aurum. Gold in der zeitgenössischen Kunst, Centre PasquArt, Biel, Switzerland
Martian Museum of Terrestrial Art, Barbican Art Gallery, London, England
Everywhere is War (and Rumours of War), Bodhi ArtMumbai, India Art Focus Jerusalem # 5, Israel
Sphères 2008. Galleria Continua, Chantal Crousel, Hauser & Wirth, Galerie Krinzinger, Kamel Mennour, Galleria Continua / Le Moulin, Boissy-le-Châtel, France
Where in the World, Devi Art Foundation, New Delhi, India
Heavy Metal. On the Inexplicable Lightness of a Material, Kunsthalle zu Kiel, Germany
48º C Public. Art. Ecology, New Delhi, India
Second Lives: Remixing the Ordinary, Museum of Arts and Design, New York NY
India Moderna, Institut Valencia d`Art Modern, Spain
New Narratives: Contemporary Art from India, Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University, New Brunswick NJ (Travelling Exhibition)
New Narratives: Contemporary Art from India, Salina Art Center, Salina KS (Travelling Exhibition)

Urban Manners – 15 Contemporary Artists from India’Hangar Bicocca, Milan, Italy
Hungry God, Art Gallery of OntarioToronto, Canada
India: Public Places / Private Spaces, The Newark Museum, Newark NJ
New Delhi – New Wave, Primo Marella Gallery, Milan, Italy
La Gastronomie dans l’Art: De la Peinture Flamande à Andy Warhol, Artcurial, Paris, France
Dans ces Eaux là, Patrimoine et Creation Contemporaine au Château d’Avignon, Domaine du Château d’Avignon, Conseil général des Bouches-du-Rhone, France
The Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, ‘New Narratives: Contemporary Art from India’, Chicago IL (Travelling Exhibition)
The Rusholme Project, Shisha , Manchester International Festival, England
Objects: Making / Unmaking, Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi, India
L’Emprise du lieu – L’experience Pommery #4’, Reims, France
Private / Corporate IV, ,Sammlung Daimler Chrysler – Lekha and Anupam Poddar Collections, Berlin, Germany
Sequence 1. Painting & Sculpture from the François Pinault Collection, Palazzo Grassi, Venice, Italy
Transitional Objects: Contemporary Still Life, Neuberger Museum of Art. Purchase College, State University of New York Purchase NY
Edge Of Desire: Recent Art in India, National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai, India (Travelling Exhibition)

Altered, Stiched & Gathered, P.S.1 MoMA, New York NY
Taipei Biennial 2006, China
Venice – Istanbul, Istanbul Modern, Turkey
Contemporary India, Palais des Beaux-Arts de Bruxelles, Belgium
Balance and Power, Rose Art MuseumWaltham MA
Transitional Objects: Contemporary Still Life’Neuberger Museum of Art, New York NY
Edge Of Desire: Recent Art in India, Montalvo Arts Center, Saratoga CA (Travelling Exhibition)
Edge Of Desire: Recent Art in India, Berkeley Arts Museum, Berkeley CA (Travelling Exhibition)
Nuit Blanche, Eglise Saint Bernard et vitrine de la Galerie in Situ, Paris, France
Bombaysers de Lille, Lille 3000, , France
Hungry Gods, Arario Gallery, Beijing, China
Bronze, Gallery Espace, New Delhi, India
Made by Indians. Art on the Beach #5, Galerie Enrico Navarra, Plage de Pampelonne, Commune de Ramatuelle, France
If it Didn`t Exist You’d Have to Invent it, The Showroom Gallery, London, England
L’ Inde dans tous les Sens, Louis Vuitton Showroom, Paris, France
Edge Of Desire: Recent Art in India’MARCO – Museo de Arte Contemporaneo, Monterrey, Mexico (Travelling Exhibition)

Balance and Power: Performance and Surveillance in Video Art, Krannert Art Museum, Champaign IL
Always a little Further, La Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy
Universal Experience: Art, Life and the Tourist’s Eye, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago IL (Travelling Exhibition)
Universal Experience: Art, Life and the Tourist’s Eye, Hayward Gallery, London, England (Travelling Exhibition)
Weightless Space, The Herzliya Museum Of Contemporary Art, Israel
Dialectics of Hope, The Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, Russia
Mom and Pop, Walsh GalleryChicago IL
Indian Summer, École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux Arts, Paris, France
Edge Of Desire: Recent Art in India, Queens Museum of Modern Art, Queens NY (Travelling Exhibition)
Edge Of Desire: Recent Art in India, The Asia Society, New York NY (Travelling Exhibition)
Edge Of Desire: Recent Art in India, Museo Tamayo, Mexico City, Mexico (Travelling Exhibition)

Indian Video Art: History in Motion, Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, , Japan
Two-Man Show, Centre A – Vancouver International Centre for Contemporary Art, Canada
Another Passage to India, Saisons Indiennes à Genève, Switzerland
Vanitas Vanitatum, Sakshi Gallery, ‘Mumbai, India
Drawings, The Eagle Gallery London, England
The SNEEZE, a Featured Film by 80 artists x 80 seconds 106 minutes, Gazon Rouge Gallery, Athens, Greece
Postkort fra Cuba, Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Høvikodden, Norway
Edge Of Desire: Recent Art in India, The Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth, Australia (Travelling Exhibition)

8. Biennale Havana, Cuba
Crossing Generations: diVERGE, Gallery Chemould, Mumbai, India
Body. City. Citing Contemporary Culture in India, House of World CulturesBerlin, Germany
An Apparent Calm which is in Fact a Perfectly Balanced Tension, Grantpirrie Gallery, Sydney, Australia
HEAT, Bose Pacia Modern, New York NY
The Tree from the Seed, Contemporary Art from India, Henie Onstad KunstsenterHøvikodden, Norway
Bad Taste, Apparao Galleries at the Apeejay New Media Centre, New Delhi, India

Under Construction, Japan Foundation and Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery, Japan
Private Mythologies of the Personal and the Political, Apeejay Media Gallery, Faridabad, India
Creative Space, ,Sakshi Gallery at Habitat Centre New Delhi, India
Multi Media Art Asia Pacific, Beijing, China
Busan Biennale, Busan Metropolitan Art Museum Korea
Self: Contemporary Indian Video Art, IMA – Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia
Indian Art: Home-Street-Shrine-Bazaar-Museum, Manchester City Art Gallery, England
Cinema Stills, Apparao Galleries at India Habitat Centre New Delhi, India
Kapital & Karma, Kunsthalle WienVienna, Austria
Sorry for the Inconvenience, Project 304, Bangkok, Thailand
Inaugural Show, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France
Sidewinder, CIMA Gallery, Kolkata, India (Travelling Exhibition)
Sidewinder, India Habitat Centre New Delhi, India (Travelling Exhibition)
Sidewinder , Coomarswamy Hall, The Prince of Wales Museum of Western India, Mumbai, India (Travelling Exhibition)
Photosphere, Nature MorteNew Delhi, India

Post Residency Show, ,National Gallery Of Modern Art, Mumbai, India
Bollywood has arrived, Passenger Terminal, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Post Production (Sampling, Programming & Displaying) Galleria Continua, San Gimignano, Italy
Context as Content – Museum as Metaphor – Museum of Fine Art, Museum of Fine Art, Chandigarh, India (Travelling Exhibition)
Context as Content / Museum as Metaphor, Nature Morte, New Delhi, India (Travelling Exhibition)

Vilas, Birla Academy, Mumbai, India
I love Video Art, Theatre de Strasbourg et le Forum itinerantFrance
Print, Max Muller Bhawan, New Delhi, India
Invisible Boundary: Metamorphosed Asian Art, Asian Section of the Kwangju Biennale 2000, Korea (Travelling Exhibition)
Invisible Boundary: Metamorphosed Asian Art, Niigata City Prefectural Civil Centre Gallery, Japan (Travelling Exhibition)
Invisible Boundary: Metamorphosed Asian Art, Utsunomiya Museum of Art, Japan (Travelling Exhibition)
Negotiations, CRAC Alsace – Centre Rhénan d’Art Contemporain, Sète, France

The First Fukuoka Asian Art Triennale, Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Japan
Of based on, or obtained, Nature MorteNew Delhi, India
Impact, Jim Beard Gallery at CCA, New Delhi, India
Indian Artists, Nature Morte Sydney, Australia
Edge of Century, Art India, New Delhi, India

New Millenium, New Media, Jehangir Art GalleryMumbai, India
Kendal Wallah – Through Indian Eyes, Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal, England

UNESCO-ASHBERG Bursaries for Artists hosted by InIVA, Gasworks Studios, London, England
Khoj International Artists Exhibition , British Council, New Delhi, India
Points of Contact, Shirley Fiterman Gallery, New York NY

Indo- Austrian Artists’ Workshop, Sanskriti Kendra, New Delhi, India
Indo-Cuban Exhibition of Contemporary Art, Lalit Kala Academy, New Delhi, India

Nessuno Tocchi Caino (Hands off Cain) , La Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy

Young Generation from Bihar, Faculty of Fine Arts, M.S. UniversityBaroda, India
Young Contemporary Artists, Birla Academy, Kolkata, India
Drawings ‘94, Gallery Escape of AIFACS Gallery, New Delhi, India

Contemporary Indian Artists, Gallery Escape, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Husain Ki Sarai, Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi, India
Research Grant Scholars Exhibition, Lalit Kala AcademyNew Delhi, Lucknow, Madras, India
Imprints of our Time, Jehangir Art GalleryMumbai, India

All India Painting Exhibition, Vadehra Art Gallery, Rabindra Bhawan, New Delhi, India

Contemporary Artists of Bihar, Rabindra Bhawan, New Delhi, India

Young Painters of Bihar, Patna, India

Group of AB Exhibition, Patna, Bihar, India
All India Drawing and Craft Exhibition’, Patna, India


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