Subodh Gupta
| Everything is Inside, National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi

17 January – 16 March, 2014

Spanning across two buildings of the NGMA, the majestic Jaipur House dating back to 1936 and the modern wing of the museum, the biggest ever solo show by Bihar-born artist Subodh Gupta spills onto the lawns of the museum garden. Carefully curated by renowned Cermano Celant, this seminal mid-career retrospective showcases the artist’s oeuvre through decades from his earliest works of the late 1980’s to the most recent ones. Exploring a variety of themes through different materials, such as marble, thalis and dabbas in stainless steel, recycled aluminium, earthenware, bronze and cow dung, Gupta addresses the social transformation and baffling complexities of a nation in the throes of rapid change, subverting cultural stereotypes and iconographies.

Image: Ray, 2012

Mrinalini Mukherjee and Lionel Wendt
| Burning Down the House, 10th Gwangju Biennale, Republic of Korea

5 September – 9 November, 2014

Curated by Jessica Morgan, Daskolopoulos Curator, International Art at Tate Modern, London, Burning Down the House explores the process of burning and transformation, a cycle of obliteration and renewal witnessed throughout history. Evident in aesthetics, historical events, and an increasingly rapid course of redundancy and renewal in commercial culture, the Biennale reflects on this process of events of destruction or self-destruction by the promise of the new and the hope for change.

Nalini Malani
| Winner of the St. Moritz Art Masters Lifetime Award 2014, created by Cartier

The award was set up in 2008 to celebrate new developments in contemporary art. It is awarded each year to an artist for his / her outstanding lifetime achievement. Former prize-winners include Ai Weiwei (2013, China), Oscar Niemeyer (2012, Brazil), William Klein (2011, USA), Ilya & Emilia Kabakov (2010, Russia), Richard Long (2009, England), Robert Indiana (2008, USA).

© St. Moritz Art Masters 2014 / fotoswiss Giancarlo Cattaneo

Atul Dodiya
| 7000 Museums: A Project for The Republic of India, Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Mumbai

11 December, 2014 – 10 February, 2015

The exhibition, curated by Tasneem Zakaria Mehta, is a continuation of the museum’s curatorial series ‘Engaging Traditions’, which encourages contemporary artists to engage with the museum’s history, collection and archive. Atul Dodiya’s major artistic statement is comprised of a comprehensive body of works, ranging from oil paintings and watercolours to sculptural assemblages. They evoke a layered dialogue with the various conceptual frameworks from the museum’s collection, referencing defining moments in history of politics and art as well as the semantics of museums and museum displays.

Subodh Gupta
| Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

1 October, 2014 - 1 October, 2015

Subodh Gupta's iconic sculpture This Side is the Other Side is currently on view at the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam at the recently constructed Pavilion for Asian Art. The Pavilion displays ancient Hindu and Buddhist statues from South and Southeast Asia along with contemporary art from the region.

Image: This Side is the Other Side, 2001

Mrinalini Mukherjee
| Transfigurations, National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi

27 January – 29 March, 2015

The retrospective, curated by Peter Nagy, brings together over ninety works created by Mrinalini Mukherjee (1949-2015) over the past four decades. The exhibition comes on the heels of the artist’s untimely demise, shortly after its opening. Described as ‘India’s pre-eminent sculptor, known for her fearless investigation of material’, she takes the natural world as starting point for her sculptures in hemp, ceramics and bronze. The works draw from the organic in terms of color, form and titles, stretching the frontiers of plastic arts in the most original and inventive ways. They evoke a sensuous quality with strong erotic undertones.

My East is Your West 2015
| Collateral Event of the 56th Venice Biennale, Palazzo Benzon

9 May – 22 November, 2015

Conceived by The Gujral Foundation the exhibition My East is Your West presents for the first time within the context of the Venice Biennale the conflicting South Asian nation-states of India and Pakistan as a singular region. The collaborative exhibition by internationally recognized artists Shilpa Gupta and Rashid Rana provides a unique platform to enter into a dialogue through the arts, proposing a shared cultural cartography.

Image: from the series ‘Untitled’, 2014-15, drawing and performance © Mark Blower

Shakuntala Kulkarni
| Of Bodies, Armour and Cages | Julus, 3rd Dhaka Art Summit, Bangladesh

5 February – 8 February, 2016

Shakuntala Kulkarni’s solo project consists of an immersive sculptural installation of five figures sculpted using traditional cane weaving practices prevalent in the Eastern part of South Asia. The sculptures are complemented by her newest video work Julus, a four channel video, where a procession of the multiple selves of the artist storms the space, addressing the timeless issue of how to exist as an individual in a world that encroaches on individual, and more specifically, Women’s rights. By placing her sculptural armours over her body, the artist dictates the viewer’s gaze, reclaiming power away from the viewer. She explores the tension of being protected and the notion of being trapped as a metaphor for female identity struggles.

© Jenni Carter

Yardena Kurulkar
| Winner of the 64th Blake Art Prize 2016

Exploring the ephemeral nature of humanity, Yardena Kurulkar won the top award of the 64th Black Art Prize for her work Kenosis. She used 3D printing as a technology to acquire a life-size terracotta model of her own heart. Submerging the heart in water, an image was captured at regular intervals of disintegration. This led to a documented journey of the heart into nothingness in a series of fifteen selected images of framed time. The Blake Art Prize was founded in the 1950s and is still one of the most respected prizes in Australia. The Prize champions art that inspires debate about spirituality and religion, and the role of faith in history, personal life and community.

Image: Kenosis, 2015

Bharti Kher
| Matter, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver

9 July – 10 October, 2016

Known as one of the most influential contemporary artists from India, BHARTI KHER Matter is the artist’s first major North American survey. It features the diversity of Bharti Kher’s practice, incorporating elements of painting, photography and sculpture that have been the hallmarks of her international career over the past two decades.

Image: Warrior with Cloak and Shield, 2008 text: Vancouver Art Gallery Press Release popup:true)

Forming in the Pupil of an Eye
| Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2016, Kochi/Kerala

12 December, 2016 – 29 March, 2017

The Kochi-Muziris Biennale, curated by Sudarshan Shetty, celebrates both contemporary art as well as the cultural legacy and history of Kochi. A total of 97 artists from 31 countries showcase their work across 12 venues spread over the city, including former warehouses, wharfs and factory buildings. Writers, dancers, poets, musicians and theatre professionals share the Biennale space alongside a host of visual artists.

© Kochi-Muziris Biennale / A J Joji

Reena Saini Kallat
| Insecurities: tracing Displacement and Shelter, The Museum of Modern Art, New York

1 October, 2016 – 22 January, 2017

The exhibition focuses on flows and movements of travelers, migrants, and labor across the world, producing major social and economic implications as well as new forms of cultural exchange. With technology and commerce blurring geographic boundaries, cultural identities are freed from a physical place. Reena Saini Kallat conceived ‘Woven Chronicles’ with electric wires to form a drawing that will trace migration patterns globally, where multitude of actors interact and are entwined in
a symbolic web.

Image: Woven Chronicle, 2015 text: Reena Saini Kallat

Vibha Galhotra
| Asian Culture Council Award 2016-2017

Vibha Galhotra is the recipient of the prestigious Asian Culture Council Award 2016-2017. The ACC works to advance international respect and understanding between people and cultures through transformative cultural exchange. The award is presented to an individual from Asia or the US who has made a significant contribution to the international practice or study of the visual or performing arts of Asia.

Image: Between Known and Unknown, 2011

Jitish Kallat
| Here After Here, National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi

14 January – 14 March, 2017

The exhibition, curated by renowned Catherine David, brings together over 100 works, encompassing a time frame of almost 25 years. Ranging across various disciplines – from painting, photography and drawing to video and sculptural installations – the most comprehensive exhibition of Kallat’s works to date spans two buildings of the NGMA without following a linear chronological trail. Exploring the many processes, themes and ideas that reappear throughout Kallat’s artistic practice, the works are juxtaposed in previously unseen ways to enable new readings and reveal hidden relationships.

Lionel Wendt
| documenta 14, EMST National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens

8 April – 16 July, 2017

The Sri Lankan artist and polymath Lionel Wendt (1900-1944) is considered as one of Asia’s earliest and important modernist photographers. Almost completely forgotten for several decades, he was the pivotal figure of the ’43 Group, one of the most distinctive art movements in Asia. In matching international standards in photography, his works document and celebrate the sensitivity and tradition of Ceylon. His preoccupation with the male and female body resonates with local subjects, while adopting the vocabulary and legacy of modernism.

Image: Untitled (Suramba Druming), c. 1935

EMST Press release

Rashid Rana
| Asia Arts Award 2017

Pakistani artist Rashid Rana has been awarded the Asia Arts Award together with Japanese photographer Hiroshi Sugimoto, Hong Kong artist Hon Chi Fun and Kimsooja from South Korea. Announced in Hong Kong in March 2017 by the Asia Society, the Asia Arts Award is a signature event celebrating artists for their significant contributions to contemporary Asian art and their role as distinctive voices on the global scene. Past honorees from India include Bharti Kher and Nalini Malani.

Shilpa Gupta
documenta 14, Karlskirche Kassel

19 May – 17 September 17, 2017

On show are four works by Shilpa Gupta which examine the spoken word as being of great importance in sustaining faith. Her sound installation I Keep Falling at You investigates the power of language in the digital age. Resembling a vast, pod-shaped swarm of bees, thousands of microphones are suspended from the ceiling, from which a cacophony of whispering and singing sounds emanate.

Image: I Keep Falling at You, 2010

Press Release documenta 14, Karlskirche Kassel

Manish Nai
| Fondation Fernet-Branca, Saint-Louis

14 June – 8 October, 2017

Manish Nai’s first institutional exhibition in Europe is dedicated to the artist’s abiding interest in the abstract dimensions of form and volume through exploring the plastic potential of ‘poor’ materials. Investigating the textural and spatial possibilities of newspapers, old clothes, cardboard, mesh and jute, he is interested in how the process of making is intricately related to the end result, taking into account the vagaries of chance. While his practice is deeply inspired by his journeys through his hometown Bombay, its urban architecture and topography, his work resonates with the pictorial and sculptural legacies of modernist art.

Gauri Gill
| 7th Moscow International Biennale of Contemporary Art, Moscow

19 September, 2017 – 18 January, 2018

The Biennale Clouds⇆Forests, curated by renowned Yuko Hasegawa, includes works of 52 artists from 25 countries. The exhibition focuses on a new eco-system formed through a circulation of ‘Cloud Tribes’, born on the Internet cloud space, and ‘Forest Tribes’, born on cultural origins. The ongoing series Fields of Sight by one of India’s most celebrated photographers, Gauri Gill, stands out for its unique collaboration with the painter Rajesh Vangad of the Adivasi community, a minority in rural India. The landscape photographs by Gauri Gill, inscribed by drawings by Rajesh Vangad, create new visual narratives that symbiotically merge the language of an urban photographer and an artist from the tribal area, telling stories that demand to be heard as equally contemporary and relevant.

Image: Gods of the Home and Village from the series Fields of Sight, 2014/2015 © the artist

Bharti Kher
| Sketchbooks and Diaries, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston

20 September, 2017 – 10 September, 2018

Bharti Kher, 2013 Artist-in-Residence at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, was enriched and recharged by spending time thinking and living amongst the Museum’s extraordinary building and art treasures. The focus of this exhibition is a series of drawings and notebooks Bharti Kher made during that time. Charged with humor and a capriciousness that is smart and mischievous at the same time, the drawings investigate the enigmatic paradoxes of what it means to be human.

Image: Untitled, 2013

Raghubir Singh
| Modernism on the Ganges: Raghubir Singh Photographs, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Met Breuer, New York

11 October, 2017 – 2 January, 2018

Raghubir Singh (1942–1999) was a pioneer of color street photography who worked and published prolifically from the late 1960s until his death in 1999. Using a handheld camera and color slide film, he recorded India's dense milieu in complex frieze-like compositions teeming with incident, fractured by reflections, and pulsating with opulent color. This retrospective exhibition situates Singh's photographic work at the intersection of Western modernism and traditional South Asian modes of picturing the world. It features 85 photographs by Singh in counterpoint with works by his contemporaries—friends, collaborators, fellow travelers—as well as examples of the Indian court painting styles that inspired him.

Image: Pilgrim and Ambassador Car, Kumbh Mela, Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, 1977 © Succession Raghubir Singh

Nalini Malani
| The Rebellion of the Dead. Retrospective 1969-2018, Centre Pompidou, Paris

18 October, 2017 – 8 January, 2018

In a unique collaboration the Centre Pompidou and Castello di Rivoli are staging Indian artist Nalini Malani’s first retrospective in France and Italy. Presented in Paris in 2017-2018, then in Rivoli in 2018, this retrospective in two parts selectively covers fifty years of creativity. In the Centre Pompidou exhibition ‘The Rebellion of the Dead. Retrospective 1969-2018’, the artist presents works that tackle various concepts underlying her oeuvre, such as utopia, dystopia, her vision of India (in particular the result of Partition in 1947), female subjectivity and the profound condemnation of violence related to nationalism. Placing inherited iconographies and cherished cultural stereotypes under pressure, Nalini Malani’s artistic practice is unwaveringly urban and internationalist.

Image: All We Imagine as Light, 2016

The Sculpture Park
| Madhavendra Palace, Nahargarh Fort Jaipur 2018

10 December, 2017 – 01 November, 2018

Embracing the spectacular Madhavendra Palace as a site of contemporary art, curator Peter Nagy has chosen a roster of established and emerging national and international artists to create India’s first sculpture park. Helmed by the Saat Saath Art Foundation, this exceptional exhibition occupies the historic apartments of the palace, including the courtyard. Sculptures by Arman, Huma Bhabha, Anita Dube, Subodh Gupta, Hans Josephsohn, Bharti Kher, Benitha Perciyal, Ravinder Reddy, LN Tallur, Thukral & Tagra, and others create a veritable treasure hunt for the visitor, encountering sculpture in all its contemporary diversity in a wide variety of displays and arrangements.

© Saat Saath Art Foundation

Facing India
| Kunstmuseum, Wolfsburg

29 April – 07 October, 2018

For the first time the Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg presents a group exhibition, curated by Uta Ruhkamp, with works by six women artists from India: Vibha Galhotra, Bharti Kher, Prajakta Potnis, Reena Saini Kallat, Mithu Sen, and Tejal Shah. Facing India critically explores the history of the nation-state, its present and future from a female point of view. In their multimedia works, the six artists emphazise on historical and contemporary conflicts, such as border control, migration, colonialism, social inequality, identity, and gender.

Sosa Joseph
| SUPERPOSITION: Equilibrium & Engagement , 21st Biennale of Sydney, Australia

16 March – 11 June, 2018

Curated by Mami Kataoka SUPERPOSITION: Equilibrium & Engagement examines the world today by borrowing the word ‘superposition’, the quantum mechanical term that refers to an overlapping situation. The state of superposition lies across all conceptual levels: from different climates and cultures to views of nature and the cosmic orders, conceptions of Mother Earth and interpretations of land ownership, readings of human history and conditions, the history of modern and contemporary art and the meaning of abstractions. The 21st Biennale of Sydney offers a panoramic view of how they all come together in a state of 'equilibrium', while delving into the workings of individual phenomena, considering the equivalence of these opposing notions through the lens of 'engagement'.

Tanya Goel
| SUPERPOSITION: Equilibrium & Engagement, 21st Biennale of Sydney, Australia

16 March – 11 June, 2018

Curated by Mami Kataoka SUPERPOSITION: Equilibrium & Engagement examines the world today by borrowing the word ‘superposition’, the quantum mechanical term that refers to an overlapping situation. The state of superposition lies across all conceptual levels: from different climates and cultures to views of nature and the cosmic orders, conceptions of Mother Earth and interpretations of land ownership, readings of human history and conditions, the history of modern and contemporary art and the meaning of abstractions. The 21st Biennale of Sydney offers a panoramic view of how they all come together in a state of 'equilibrium', while delving into the workings of individual phenomena, considering the equivalence of these opposing notions through the lens of 'engagement'.

Image: Index: pages (builders drawing), 2018 (detail)

Subodh Gupta
| Adda / Rendez-vous at Monnaie de Paris, Paris

13 April – 26 August, 2018

The first exhibition in France takes place in the historic salons of the Monnaie along the banks of the Seine, extending up the main stairway and continuing in the inner courtyard with monumental sculptures conceived especially for this retrospective. On display are iconic early sculptures alongside recent works, reflecting on how intimate and seemingly insignificant objects can offer a glimpse into personal and communal rituals as well as the cosmos at large. Selected pieces will be in conversation with the Monnaie’s permanent collection of metal artefacts to encourage reflection on the medium of metal, both in terms of its symbolic value as well as the technical and artistic skills required to hone it.

Image: Jal Mein Kumbh, Kumbh Mein Jal [The Water is in the Pot, The Pot is in the Water], 2012 © Martin Argyroglo

Vivan Sundaram
| Disjunctures, Haus der Kunst, Munich

29 June - 7 October, 2018

The exhibition at Haus der Kunst, curated by Deepak Ananth, is the most comprehensive and wide-ranging survey of Vivan Sundaram’s work at a European institution. The display is conceived as a sequence of juxtapositions with a view to suggesting how formal and thematic concerns ricochet from one work to another. History, Memory, Archive: the three keywords that the artist has designated as the overarching concerns of his practice are the signposts for articulating the overall structure of the exhibition, an open-ended framework for exploring the connections or disjunctures between these terms and themes.

Image: One and the Many (from 409 Ramkinkars) © Gireesh G.V.

Jitish Kallat
| Our Time for a Future Caring, India Pavilion, 58th Venice Biennale 2019

11 May – 24 November, 2019

Curated by Roobina Karode, Chief Curator at the Kiran Nadar Museum, New Delhi, the group presentation features works by Nandalal Bose, Atul Dodiya, Rummana Hussain, G R Iranna, Jitish Kallat, Shakuntala Kulkarni and Ashim Purkayastha. Celebrating 150 Years of Mahatma Gandi, the artists critically engage with the many facets of Mahatma Gandhi, considering his philosophical ideas and their place in today’s complex world, in which violence and intolerance are still prevalent. Jitish Kallat’s ‘Covering Letter’ is a piece of historical correspondence beamed onto a curtain of traversable dry-fog; a brief letter written by Gandhi to Hitler in 1939 urging him to reconsider his violent means.

The Sculpture Park
| Madhavendra Palace, Nahargarh Fort, Jaipur 2019

9 December, 2018 – 1 November, 2019

This is the 2nd edition of the The Sculpture Park, a not-for-profit initiative, located in the breathtaking Madhavendra Palace from 1892 which served as a royal pleasure retreat. Inaugurated in December 2017, The Sculpture Park is the first example of collaboration between state government and private cultural philanthropy in contemporary art. Curated by Peter Nagy and helmed by the Saat Saath Art Foundation, the exhibition attempts to foster greater engagement with contemporary art and Indian heritage, showcasing sculptures by Hemali Bhuta, Lynn Chadwick, Tanya Goel, Reena Saini Kallat, Bijoy Jain, Richard Long, Prashant Pandey, Manisha Parekh, Mark Prime, Ayesha Singh, Asim Waqif, and others.

Mrinalini Mukherjee
| Phenomenal Nature, The Met Breuer, New York

4 June – 29 September, 2019

Mrinalini Mukherjee (1949-2015) was a committed sculptor who worked intensively with fiber before making significant forays into ceramic and bronze. The works presented in this retrospective, curated by Shanay Jhaveri, demonstrate how Mrinalini Mukherjee staged a series of radical interventions in her adaptation of craft and her approach to modernism. Imbued with a powerful, contemporary ethos, her sculptures bask in undoing the distinction between the traditional and the modern, transgressing art-historical categories.

L.N. Tallur
|Interference Fringe, Grounds for Sculpture, New Jersey/Hamilton

5 May, 2019 – 5 January, 2020

Interference Fringe by L.N. Tallur is a major survey exhibition exploring the conceptual practice of the artist. Curated by Gary Garrido Schneider, it features 26 artworks in a range of media including found objects, appropriated industrial machines, carved stone and wood, cast bronze, sculptures embedded in concrete, and a new work in film. Tallur often makes reference to cultural symbols and mythology including those from his native India. By pairing the sacred with the secular, handmade with machine-made, or decorative with functional, he purposefully obscures, transforms, and subverts the traditional reading of these varied references.

Gauri Gill
| The Life of Things, Momenta 2019, Biennale de l’image, Montréal

5 September – 13 October, 2019

With her photographic series Acts of Appearance, Gauri Gill presents members of the Indian Adivasi community in Jawhar (Maharashtra) wearing masks as they 'perform' their daily activities. The community’s members are known for the papier-mâché objects that they create, including traditional masks that suggest spiritual beings. For Acts of Appearance, Gill commissioned craftsmen to produce a new set of masks, inspired instead by the community’s contemporary reality. In Gill’s framing, the masquerade upturns the conventions of the ethnographic gaze: although the villagers’ faces are hidden, their existence is reaffirmed through the object of disguise.

Bharti Kher
| In the Company of Artists | Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston

17 October, 2019 – 20 January, 2020

This fall, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is celebrating the living legacy of artists with the exhibition ‘In the Company of Artists. 25 Years of Artists-in-Residence’, featuring works by Indian artists Bharti Kher, Dayanita Singh, and others.