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New Delhi, 20 April, 2012: The Kiran Nadar Museum of Art today unveiled ‘Line of Control,’ an iconic stainless steel installation by Subodh Gupta set up for the first time in India. The art-work measures 36 feet x 36 feet and weighs 26 tonnes which makes it one of the largest public art installations at any museum in the country.
Speaking on the occasion Kiran Nadar, Chairperson, Kiran Nadar Museum of Art said “KNMA wants to bring home the most compelling works of artists in its Collection. We are extremely pleased to bring to India an outstanding work by Subodh Gupta, one of India’s most prominent artists representing the Indian contemporary art scene today. The ‘Line of Control’ is not merely unique and rare, but brings a whole set of new challenges for the Museum in terms of its installing, maintenance and storage. Nevertheless, the impact that the work had on me when I first saw it has stayed with me and I am happy that we are making it accessible for people to experience this.”
Speaking at the launch, Subodh Gupta said, “I am excited and honoured to have this work of mine acquired by the KNMA and their decision and action to install it to make it accessible to the Indian audience. Taking a cue from art critic S. Kalidas’s essay on the work, I would like to say that ‘Line of Control’ stereotypically brings to mind geo-political conflict but I have used it here as a poetic metaphor, to transgress and subvert its known meaning and wittily present a cloud burst of another kind – of prosperity, peace and harmony.”
Currently, KNMA Saket is hosting Crossings, a major exhibition curated largely around the KNMA Collection (with some works on loans), bringing together artists across generations through deliberate juxtapositions of the historic and the contemporary. Several works are being exhibited for the first time for the Indian audience in Crossings.
About Kiran Nadar Museum of Art
The Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, established in January 2010, is India’s first philanthropic museum that creates a site for confluence of modern contemporary art in India. An initiative of the Shiv Nadar Foundation, KNMA aims to instill a deep sense of appreciation for contemporary art by making it accessible to everyone in a world class facility.
About Shiv Nadar Foundation
The Shiv Nadar Foundation (www.ShivNadarFoundation.org) has been established by Shiv Nadar, Founder, HCL - a $6.2 billion leading technology and IT enterprise, with over 90,000 employees across 31 countries.
The Foundation, established in 1994, is committed to the creation of a more equitable, meritocracy based society by empowering individuals to bridge the socio-economic divide. It is focused on the underdeveloped disciplinary areas in India related to transformational education, creativity and art.
The Shiv Nadar Foundation has set up the SSN Institutions (www.SSN.edu.in) in 1996, comprising the SSN College of Engineering (already a highly ranked private engineering college in India), in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. Building on the experience from successfully running the SSN Institutions, the Foundation has set up the Shiv Nadar University (www.snu.edu.in) in a 286 acre campus in Greater Noida. In addition, the Foundation runs the VidyaGyan schools (www.vidyagyan.in) in Bulandshahr and Sitapur, a radical social experiment in nurturing leadership from amongst highly gifted rural poor children in Uttar Pradesh. The Foundation has also set up the Shiv Nadar School (www.shivnadarschool.edu.in), a K12 initiative aiming to provide education that creates lifelong learners.