Subodh Gupta  (Indian, 1964) 

Subodh Gupta (Indian, b.1964) grew up in Bihar, one of India’s least economically developed states, and received his BFA from the College of Arts and Crafts in Patna. Gupta had already been working as a sculptor and painter for several years when his gallery, Nature Morte, exhibited the monumental bronze steel installation Gandhi's Three Monkeys, made out of antique utensils, at Art Basel in 2007. He received great international acclaim for the piece, and later that year presented his sculpture Very Hungry God, a giant skull made out of stainless steel tiffin pots, in front of the Palazzo Grassi at Canal Grande, parallel to the Venice Biennale. Gupta’s transformation of everyday objects into art installations has become characteristic of his work, playing on clichéd images of India’s rapidly changing society. Though he is best described as a sculptor, Gupta works with a variety of media, including painting, photography, and video. In identifying Indian icons that possess innate dichotomies, such as a colonial-style ambassador’s car, sacred cow dung, or the stainless steel utensils of a typical South Asian kitchen, Gupta questions the ambivalence of a society caught between traditional customs and globalization, booming wealth and impoverishment, and in the wake of old caste politics and religious beliefs. Gupta, who is currently regarded as one of the most successful contemporary Indian artists, lives and works in New Delhi.

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Subodh Gupta, Family Nest No. 3


Subodh Gupta
Family Nest No. 3

Hauser & Wirth Zürich London New York
Subodh Gupta, Chimta


Subodh Gupta

Walsh Gallery
Subodh Gupta, Vehicle for Seven Seas III


Subodh Gupta
Vehicle for Seven Seas III

Tilton Gallery
Subodh Gupta, Steel life juggler


Subodh Gupta
Steel life juggler

Arario Gallery
Subodh Gupta, Still Steal Steel # 10


Subodh Gupta
Still Steal Steel # 10
Arario Gallery
Subodh Gupta, Still Steal Steel # 7


Subodh Gupta
Still Steal Steel # 7
Arario Gallery
Subodh Gupta, Start.Stop (detail)


Subodh Gupta
Start.Stop (detail)

Arario Gallery
Subodh Gupta, Start.Stop


Subodh Gupta

Arario Gallery
Subodh Gupta, School


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Subodh Gupta, Idol Thief III


Subodh Gupta
Idol Thief III, 2007
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Subodh Gupta, Untitled


Subodh Gupta
Untitled, 2007
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Subodh Gupta, Spill


Subodh Gupta
Spill, 2007
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1964   Born in Khagaul, Bihar, India
1983 - 1989   B.F.A. Painting, College of Arts & Crafts, Patna
  Lives and works in New Delhi
2013   "Adventures of Truth" Foundation Maeght, Saint-Paul de Vence, France
2013   "Trade Routes" Hauser & Wirth London, London, England
2013   "What Does the Vellel Contain, That the River Does Not" Hauser & Wirth, London, England (solo)
2013   "The Imaginary Order of Things" Centro dee Arte Contemporaneo, Malaga, Spain (solo)
2013   Spirit Easters, Kunstmuseum Thun, Switzerland (solo)
2012   "Line of Control" Kiran Nadar Museum, New Delhi, India (solo)
2012   "Food" Musee Ariana, Geneva, Switzerland
2012   Kochi - Muziris Biennale 2012, Kochi, India
2012   "Art, Talks and Sensations: The Island / A Game of Life" Manarat Al Saadiyat, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, UAE
2012   Jing'An International Sculpture Project Biennaial, Shanghai, China
2012   "Art in the City, Zurich, Switzerland
2012   "Ashes and Gold. A World's Journey" Museum Schloss Moyland, Bedburg-Hau, Germany (Travelling Exhibition)
2012   "India: Art Now" Arken Museum of Modern Art, Arken, Denmark
2012   "Massive/Intensive: Contemporary Art from India" Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv, Israel
2012   "Ashes and GOld. A World's Journey" MARTa Herford, Herford, Germany (Travelling Exhibition)
2012   "In Praise of Doubt" Punta della Dogana, Francois Pinault Foundation, Venice, Italy
2011   "In Prais of Doubt" Punta della Dogana, Francois Pinault Foundation, Venice, Italy
2011   "Paris-Delhi-Bombay" Centre Pompidou, Paris, France
2011   "Indian Highway IV" Lyon Museum of Contemporary Art, Lyon, France (Travelling Exhibition)
2011   "Time Unfolded" Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, New Delhi, India
2011   Sara Hilden Art Museum, Tampere, Finland (solo)
2011   "A Glass of Water" Hauser & Wirth, New York NY (solo)
2011   "Hauser & Wirth Outdoor Sculpture: Subodh Gupta" Hauser & Wirth Outdoor Sculpture Southwood Garden, St. James's Church, London, England (solo)
2011   "Beijing Online Inlive. 10 Hands 100 Fingers" Galleria Continua, Beijing, China
2011   "Camulodunum" Firstsite, Colchester, England
2011   "One, Another" FLAG Art Founation, New York, NY
2011   "Home Spun" Devi Art Foundation, New Delhi, India
2011   "Artzuid 2011" Avenues of Berlage's Plan-Zuid, Amsterdam, Netherlands
2011   "Indian Highway V" MAXXI Museo Nazionale delle Arti del XXI Secolo, Rome, Italy (Travelling Exhibition)
2011   "Eating Art. From Goya to Ferran Adria" La Pedrera, CatalunyaCaixa, Barcelona, Spain
2010   "Art for the World (The Expo)" Expo Shanghai 2010, Shanghai, China
2010   "Artefici contemporanei e difformita barocche" ARCOS, Museo d'Arte Contemporanea Sannio, Benevento, Italy
2010   "Monumental" Walsh Gallery, Chicago, IL
2010   "Indian Highway" Reykjavic Art Museum, Reykjavik, Iceland (Travelling Exhibition)
2010   "Hareng Sauer: Ensor and Contemporary Art" S.M.A.K. - Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, Ghent, Belgium
2010   "La Route de la Soie/The Silk Road" Tri Postal, Lille, France
2010   "REMINDERS" Galleria Continua, Beijing, China
2010   "Urban Manners 2" SESC Pompeia, Sao Paulo, Brazil
2010   "Da Sopra" Castello Svevo di Bari, Bari, Italy
2010   "C'est la Vie. Vanities from Caravaggio to Damien Hirst" Foundation Dina Vierny - Musee Maillol, Paris, France
2010   "Indian Highway" Herning Kunstmuseum, Herning, Denmark (Travelling Exhibition)
2010   "The Empire Strikes Back: Indian Art Today" The Saatchi Gallery, London, England
2010   "Contemplating the Void" Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
2010   Faith Matters, PinchukArtCentre, Kiev, Ukraine (solo)
2010   Take off your shoes and wash your hands, Tramway, Glasgow, UK (solo)
2010   Arario Gallery, Cheonan, Korea (solo)
2010   Arario Gallery, Seoul, Korea (solo)
2010   Et tu, Duchamp, KÖR Kunst im öffentlichen Raum Kunsthalle Wien project space, Vienna, Austria (solo)
2010   Nature Morte, New Delhi, India (solo)
2010   Hauser & Wirth, Zurich, Switzerland (solo)
2009   Common Man, Hauser & Wirth, London, UK (solo)
2009   Line of Control, The Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia (solo)
2009   Altermodern. Tate Triennial 2009, Tate Britain, London, UK
2009   Un certain État du Monde?, The Garage Centre for Contemporary Culture in Moscow, Russia
2009   The 4th Fukuoka Asian Art Triennial, Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Fukuoka, Japan
2008   Line Of Control, Arario Beijing, Beijing, China (solo)
2008   There is always cinema, Galleria Continua, San Gimignano, Italy (solo)
2008   Gandhi’s Three Monkeys, Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, USA (exh. cat.) (solo)
2008   Everywhere is War (and rumours of war), curated by Shaheen Merali, Bodhi Art, Mumbai, India
2008   Lustwarande 08, Wanderland, Fundament Foundation, Park de Oude Warande, Tilburg, Netherlands (exh. cat.)
2008   Indian Focus, at Espace Claude Berri, Paris, France
2008   Stadhimmel CitySky Basel 08, curated by Klaus Littmann, Basel, Switzerland
2008   Martian Museum of Terrestrial Art, curated by Francesco Manacorda and Lydia Yee, at Barbican Art Gallery (exh. cat.)
2008   Distant Nearness, The Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art at Johnson County Community College, Kansas, USA
2008   Re-imagining Asia, A thousand years of separation, curated by Shaheen Merali and Wu Hang, at the House of World Cultures, Berlin, Germany (exh. cat.)
2008   Vistarnari Kshitije (Expanding Horizons), curated by Sudhir Patwardhan, Bodhi Art Gallery (traveling exhibition), Mumbai, Amravati, Nagpur, Aurangabad, Solapur, Kolhapur, Pune, Nasik, India
2008   Passage to India, Frank Cohen Collection at Initial Access, Wolverhampton, UK
2008   CHANEL Mobile Art, curated by Fabrice Bousteau, building conceived by Zaha Hadid, Hong Kong, Tokyo, New York, London, Moscow, Paris (exh. cat.)
2008   New Delhi – New Wave, Primo Marella Gallery, Milano, Italy (exh. cat.)
2007   Idol Thief, In Situ- Fabienne Leclerc, Paris, France (solo)
2007   Start.Stop, Bodhi Art Gallery, Mumbai, India (exh. cat.) (solo)
2007   Silk Route, The Baltic, curated by Jerome Sans, Gateshead, UK (solo)
2007   Urban Manners- 15 Contemporary Artists from India, at Hangar Bicocca, curated by Adelina von Fürstenberg Milan, Italy (exh. cat.)
2007   India: Public Places/ Private Spaces, The Newark Museum (traveling exhibition), curated by Gayatri Sinha and Paul Sternberger, Newark, USA (exh. cat.)
2007   New-narratives: Contemporary Art from India, The Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, Chicago, USA (exh. cat.)
2007   The Rusholme Project, organized by Shisha in collaboration with the Manchester International Festival, Manchester, UK
2007   Objects: Making/Unmaking, Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi, India (exh. cat.)
2007   L’Emprise du lieu – L’experience Pommery #4, curated by Daniel Buren, Reims, France (exh. cat.)
2007   Private/Corporate IV, Sammlung Daimler Chrysler- Lekha and Anupam Poddar Collections, Berlin, Germany
2007   Sequence 1, Painting & Sculpture from the Francois Pinault Collection, Palazzo Grassi, curated by Alison M. Gingeras, Venice, Italy (exh. cat.)
2007   Transitional Objects: Contemporary Still Life, Neuberger Museum of Art- Purchase College- State University of New York, curated by Dede Young, New York, USA (exh. cat.)
2007   “Altered, Stitched and Gathered”, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, New York
2006   Artes Mundi Prize Nominee, National Museum Cardiff, Wales
2006   “Venice-Istanbul,” Istanbul Modern
2006   “Transitional Objects: Contemporary Still Life”, Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, NY
2006   ”Hungry Gods," Arario Gallery, Beijing (Cat.)
2006   Lille 3000, curated by Carolinne Negphygi, France (Cat.)
2006   “Le Nuit Blanche,” Paris, France
2006   Hungry Gods, Nature Morte, New Delhi, India (exh. cat.) (solo)
2006   Hungry Gods, Arario Gallery, Beijing, China (exh. cat.)
2006   Bronze, Gallery Espace, curated by Madan Lall, New Delhi, India (exh. cat.)
2006   Made by Indians, Galerie Enrico Navarra, Art on the beach, commune de Ramatuelle, France (exh. cat.)
2006   The Showroom Gallery, London, UK
2006   L’Inde dans tous les sens, Louis Vuitton Showroom, curated by Herve Mikaloff, Paris, France
2005   Jootha, In Situ Fabienne Leclerc, Paris, France (solo)
2005   Jootha, Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai, India (solo)
2005   Always a little Further, Arsenal, 51st Venice Biennale, curated by Rosa Martinez, Venice, Italy
2005   Universal Experience: Art, Life and the Tourist’s Eye, curated by Francesco Bonami, MCA, Chicago; Hayward Gallery, London (exh. cat.)
2005   Balance and Power: Performance and surveillance in Video Art, curated by Michael Rush at Krannart Museum, Illinois, USA
2005   Weigtless Space, The Herzliya museum Of Contemporary Art, Israel
2005   Dialectics of Hope, The Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, curated by Joseph Backstein, Daniel Bimhaum, Lara Boubnova, Nicolas Bourriaud, Rosa Martinez and Hans Ulrich Obrist, Moscow, Russia (exh. cat.)
2005   I Go Home Every Single Day, Jack Shainman Gallery, New York (solo)
2005   “Indian Summer”, Ecole Nationale Superieure Des Beaux-Arts, Paris, France
2005   The Venice Biennial, “Always a Little Further”, Curated by Rosa Martinez
2005   “Universal Experience: Art, Life, and the Tourist’s Eye”, MCA Chicago, Chicago, IL
2005   Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art
2004   “Edge of Desire- Recent Art in India”, Asia Society, New York, NY traveling to: Art Gallery of Western Australia
2004   “Resonance: Contemporary Art from New Delhi”, Centre A, Vancouver, Canada
2004   “A Charge to Keep”, Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, NY
2004   ‘I Go Home Every Single Day’ The Showroom Gallery, London (solo)
2004   Two-man show, Centre A - Vancouver International Centre for Contemporary Art, curated by Keith Wallace, Vancouver, Canada
2004   Another Passage to India, Saisons indiennes a Geneve, Switzerland
2004   Vanitas Vanitatum, Sakshi Gallery, curated by Peter Nagy, Mumbai, India
2004   Drawings, The Eagle Gallery, London, UK
2004   The SNEEZE, a Featured Film by 80 artists x 80 seconds 106 minutes, curated by Natasha Makowski and Peter Lloyd Lewis, Athens, Greece
2004   Indian Video Art: History in Motion, Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Fukuoka, Japan
2003   This Side is the Other Side, Cabinet PH, Art and Public, Geneva, Switzerland
2003   New Paintings and Sculptures, Nature Morte, New Delhi (solo)
2003   The Havanna Biennale, curated by Hilda Rodriques, Cuba
2003   " siting contemporary culture in India, sub Terrain: artists dig the contemporary" curated by Geeta Kapur for the House of World Cultures, Berlin.
2003   Crossing Generations : diVERGE Curated by Geeta Kapur and Chaitanya Sambrani for "40 Years of Gallery Chemould." (cat)
2003   "Bad Taste," Apparao Gallery, at the New Media Centre, New Delhi.
2003   "An apparent calm which is in fact a perfectly balanced tension," curated by Peter Nagy at Grantpirrie Gallery, Sydney.
2003   "HEAT," curated by Ram Rahman at Bose Pacia Modern, New York.
2003   "The Tree from the Seed: Contemporary Art from India," Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Norway. Curated by Gavin Jantjes (ill. Cat)
2002   Busan Biennale, Busan Metropolitan Art Museum, Busan, South Korea (exh. cat.)
2002   Self: Contemporary Indian Indian Videao Art, IMA Institute of Modern Art, curated by Johan Pijnappel, Brisbane, Australia
2002   Indian Art: Home-Street-Shrine-Bazaar-Museum, Manchester City Art Gallery, Gulammohammed Sheikh, Manchester, UK (exh. cat.)
2002   Cinema Stills, Apparao Galleries at India Habitat Centre, curated by Gayatri Sinha, New Delhi, India
2002   Kapital and Karma, KunstWein, curated by Angelika Fitz and Michael Wortenger, Vienna, Austria (exh. cat.)
2002   Sorry for the inconvenience, Project 304, curated by Gridthya Gaweewong, Bangkok, Thailand and Under Construction, Japan Foundation Project, Tokyo, Japan (exh. cat.)
2002   Palais de Tokyo inaugural show, curated by Nicolas Bourriaud and Bernard Macade, Paris, France
2002   Sidewinder, CIMA Gallery, curated by Gerard Hemsworth, Kolkata; India Habitat Centre, New Delhi; Coomarswamy Hall, The Prince of Wales Museum of Western India, Mumbai, India (exh. cat.)
2002   Under Construction, Japan Foundation and Tokyo Art Gallery, Tokyo, Japan (exh. cat.)
2002   Private Mythologies of the Personal and the Political, Apeejay Media Gallery, curated by Pooja Sood, Faridabad, India (exh. cat.)
2002   Creative Space, Sakshi Gallery at Habitat Centre, New Delhi (exh. cat.)
2002   Multi Media Art Asia Pacific, curated by Johan Pijnappel, Beijing, China (exh. cat.)
2001   "Kapital and Karma," curated by Angelika Fitz and Michael Wortenger for KunstWein, Vienna (cat)
2001   "Sorry For the Inconvenience," curated by Gridthya Gaweewong, Project 304, Bangkok,Thailand
2001   "Inauguaral Show" curated by Nicolas Bourriaud and Bernard Macade for the Palais de Tokyo, Paris
2001   "Sidewinder," curated by Gerard Hemsworth for CIMA Gallery, Kolkata; India Habitat Centre, New Delhi; Coomarswamy Hall, The Prince of Wales Museum of Western India. (Cat)
2001   National Gallery Of Modern Art, Mumbai. Post Residency Show. Jindal art Foundation
2001   "Bollywood Has Arrived," curated by Jim Beard Gallery and FIA, Passenger Terminal, Amsterdam
2001   "Post Production (Sampling, Programming & Displaying)" curated by Nicolas Bourriaud. Galleria Continua, San Gimignano, Italy.
2001   "Context as Content – Museum as Metaphor" – curated by Peter Nagy at the Museum of Fine Art, Chandigarh (Cat.)
2001   "Under Construction," Japan Foundation and Tokyo Art Gallery, Tokyo Japan. (Cat)
2000   ‘VILAS’ at Birla Academy, Mumbai, Curator: Gayatri Sinha
2000   "I Love Video Art" – Curated by Le Mailton Theatre de Strasbourg et le forum itinerant, Strasbourg, France.
2000   "Print," Max Mueller Bhawan, New Delhi. Curator: Amit Mukopadaya.
2000   Negociations, C.R.A.C., curated by Nicolas Bourriaud & Bernard Marcade, Sete, France
2000   Invisible Boundary: Metamorphosed Asian Art, Traveling Exhibition: Asian Section of the Kwangju Biennale, Niigata City Prefectural Civil Centre Gallery, Curated by Tani Arata and Ueda Yuzo, Niigata, Japan and Utsunomiya Museum of Art, Utsunomiya City, Japan (exh. cat.)
2000   The Kwangju Biennale 2000, Asian Section, curated by Tani Arata and Ueda Yuzo, Kwangju, South Korea (exh. cat.)
2000   Recent works, Nature Morte at Lokayata, New Delhi (solo)
1999   ‘The Way Home’, Gallery Chemould, Mumbai, (cat) (solo)
1999   Recent works, Gallery FIA, Amsterdam (solo)
1999   Indian Artists, Nature Morte, curated by Peter Nagy, Syndney, Australia
1999   Edge of Century, Art India, curated by Amit Mukopadaya, New Delhi, India (exh. cat.)
1999   "The First Fukuoka Asian Art Triennale" at Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Japan. Curator: Kuroda Raiji. (Cat)
1999   "Of, based on, or obtained by," Gallery Nature Morte, New Delhi.
1999   "IMPACT", Jim Beard Gallery at CCA New Delhi. Curated by: Kimberley Lewis and Derk Bulthuis.
1998   "New Millennium, New Media", Curator: Anupa Mehta, Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai. (Cat)
1998   Kendal Wallah – Through Indian Eyes, Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal, UK (exh. cat)
1997   Khoj International Artists Exhibition, British Council, New Delhi, India (exh. cat.)
1997   Points of Contact, Shirley Fiterman Gallery, New York, USA
1997   The Way Home, Gallery Chemould, Mumbai, India (exh. cat.) (solo)
1997   Bose Pacia Modern, New York (solo)
1997   UNESCO – ASHBERG Bursaries for Artists hosted by InIVA at Gasworks Studios, London.
1996   "Indo-Austrian Artists’ Workshop," Sanskriti Kendra, New Delhi. (Cat).
1996   ‘Grey Zones’, Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai. (Cat) (solo)
1996   Indo-Cuban Exhibition of Contemporary Art, Lalit Kala Academy, New Delhi, India
1995   ‘Grey Zones’, Academy of Fine Arts and Literature, New Delhi. (solo)
1995   "Young Generation from Bihar", Faculty of Fine Arts, M.S. University, Baroda.
1995   "Nessuno Tocchi Caino (Hands Off Cain)", Rome and at the Biennale in Venice.
1994   Drawings ’94, Gallery Escape of AIFACS Gallery, curated by Priag Shukla, New Delhi, India ( exh. cat.)
1994   Young Generation from Bihar, Faculty of Fine Arts, M.S.University, Baroda, India
1994   Young Contemporary Artists, Birla Academy, Calcutta, India
1993   Recent Paintings, Gallery Escape, New Delhi. (Cat) (solo)
1993   "Contemporary Indian Artists," Organised by Gallery Escape, Dubai. Illustrated Catalogue.
1991   "Husain Ki Sarai", organised by Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi. Illustrated Catalogue.
1991   Research Grant Scholars Exhibition, Lalit Kala Academy, New Delhi, Lucknow, Madras, India
1991   Imprints of Our Time, Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai, India
1990   Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai. (solo)
1990   Chitrakoot Art Gallery, Calcutta. Belidh Club, Jamshedpur, Tata Steel. (solo)
1990   "All India Painting Exhibition", Organized by Vadhera Art Gallery at Rabindra Bhawan, New Delhi.
1989   "Contemporary Artists of Bihar," at Rabindra Bhawan, New Delhi.
1989   Recent Paintings, Shridhani Art Gallery, New Delhi. (solo)
1988   B.F.A. Painting, College of Arts & Crafts, Patna (solo)
1987   "Young Painters of Bihar," Patna
1986   Recent Paintings, Gandhi Sangharalya, Patna (solo)
1983   Group of AB Exhibition, Patna, Bihar
1983   All India Drawing and Craft Exhibition, Patna, India