Gupta at Monnaie de Paris
What a great moment I spent today at the exhibition "Adda / Rendez-vous" the first retrospective in France of internationally acclaimed contemporary artist, Subodh Gupta, presented at Monnaie de Paris until August 26th, 2018.
Gupta (b. 1964) is an Indian artist who lives and works in Delhi. He uses different media including painting, performance, video, photography, sculpture and installation. Many of the sculptures presented here at Monnaie de Paris, are made out of stainless steel pots and pans. And the result is just remarquable. Look at this huge tree (picture above), named "People tree", isn't it amazing ?
Another major piece of the exhibition is the one representing a skull and named "Very Hungry God". This huge piece was created in 2006 with the idea of pointing out the disturbing duality which is the result of the capitalism methods of production : on the one hand, fascinating abundance and, on the other hand, the hunger which paralyzes. When you come closer to the art piece you notice that's it's made out of hundred of sparkling stainless steel cooking utensils, which can be found in most of working class and middle class homes, in India. This work art was first displayed in 2006, in Paris, inside Saint Bernard Church, a symbolic venue as it was once occupied by migrants.
I also very much liked the 3 columns set up in one of the courtyards of the museum. Also made out of stainless steel cooking utensils, the Gupta put plants on top of them.
They have created different cute little products on the theme of the exhibition. If you are looking for souvenirs or presents, they are very nice.
My advice: the entrance ticket gives access to the museum of the French mint. It's the opportunity to visit this institution which is the oldest company in the world. At the end of the visit, don't miss the video in which Subodh Gupta explains how excited he was to collaborated with the museum and how he created a special medal for the exhibition.
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