press release

India, Asia's "other" vast nation, used to be talked of in terms of its history (as old as time itself), gods and faiths, hustle and bustle, and poverty. This has changed with the country's rapid economic development, and India has begun to express itself in new ways that depart significantly from its previous stereotypes. In particular, the country's burgeoning contemporary art scene has come to the world's attention with the progression of globalization, the expansion of the art market, and the emergence of a younger generation of artists who are revealing to the world their diverse and dynamic visions. This full-scale exhibition introduces the most exciting trends in the contemporary art of India, a country that has undergone a major transformation since it gained independence sixty years ago. The creativity of this nation is revealed through paintings, sculptures, and media-based artworks by more than twenty young and established artists. The exhibition examines how these creators use their keen insight and free spirit to question the reality and time in which they live, taking their themes from familiar objects and ideas in daily life and society – as if to put 'life' itself on display. Viewers will find themselves questioning the public nature of art, the relationships between individual and world and tradition and pop culture, and contemporary society in India, whose urbanization and economic disparities are brought into relief as the background from which these art works have emerged.

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Chalo! India: A New Era of Indian Art

Künstler: Alwar Balasubramaniam, Sarnath Banerjee, Krishnaraj Chonat, Nikhil Chopra, Shilpa Gupta, Subodh Gupta, N.S. Harsha, Tushar Joag, Anant Joshi, Ranbir Kaleka, Jitish Kallat, Reena Saini Kallat, Bharti Kher, Prabhavathi Meppayil, Pushpamala N. , Jagannath Panda, Justin Ponmany, Ashim Purkayastha, Raqs Media Collective , Gigi Scaria, Nataraj Sharma, Gulammohammed Sheikh , Kiran Subbaiah, Vivan Sundaram, Thukral & Tagra, Hema Upadhyay