Subodh Gupta Everyday Divine

The NGV presents Subodh Gupta: Everyday Divine, a solo exhibition of one of India’s pre-eminent contemporary artists, Subodh Gupta, in collaboration with New York-based art collector Larry Warsh. Gupta was born in 1964 in the Indian province of Bihar, which has remained the poorest and least developed area of India since independence.

Art Exhibition previously on at NGV International in Victoria, Australia.
From Friday 22 April 2016 to Thursday 22 September 2016

Subodh Gupta
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Published by National Gallery of Victoria - International on Monday 14 December 2015.
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Celebrating the vestiges of everyday life for many Indians and elevating the objects found in domestic and street life to a position of spiritual worship is at the heart of Gupta’s practice. A central work in the exhibition, 5 offerings of the greedy gods, 2006, is emblematic of the ambition that has led to great international acclaim for the artist. At eleven metres wide and over four metres tall, the work is made up of countless stainless steel kitchen utensils, stacked in a mound as a quasi-religious offering, at a scale that inspires awe. The artist likens the modern-day kitchen to that of a secular temple with its implements and idols. Through this major work he offers a multitude of tiffin lunch pots – and no doubt the food they might produce or carry on a daily basis – to sate his ‘greedy gods’.

The exhibition includes key works from his oeuvre including Cow 2003, a bronze and aluminium sculpture of a life-size bicycle and milk pails, which represents the travels and travails of everyday village life.

Subodh Gupta grew up a Hindu – a religion that considers everything around us imbued with the divine. Through his artwork visitors have the opportunity to appreciate, relish and celebrate the truly humble and reflect on our place in the world.