Kiran Nadar Museum of Art exhibits iconic sculptor - Subodh Gupta's Line of Control for the first time in India

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.

Friday, April 20, 2012