Delhi’s Museum of Contemporary Art, housed in the former palace of the Maharaja of Jairpur built in 1969 and a modern extension of 2009, has embraced contemporary artists with a series of showcase exhibitions which demonstrate just how active and creative this emerging market is within India. . “Everything is Inside”, an exhibition of the work of the leading artist Subodh Gupta, known as “Delhi’s Damien Hurst”. The exhibition ranges from drawings and paintings to the large scale sculptures that he is best-known for.
Avantika Bhuyan writing in Business Standard says that “the dynamism and creativity demonstrated by Subodh’s works are reflective of much of what is happening in our country, and we are experiencing a period of development with reference to contemporary art scene,” says Professor Rajeev Lochan, director, NGMA, about the significance that Gupta’s exhibition holds for the contemporary art scene. “There is a certain upsurge among art lovers that is remarkable when it comes to understanding contemporary art practices.” He is excited about this new phase at NGMA where masters and contemporary artists alike are being celebrated. “We intend to have many more exhibitions of contemporary artists in the months to come,” adds Lochan.”
It is the sculptures that are the most innovative and highlight how Indian artists like Gupta are impacting on the international art scene. It is to be hoped that international galleries such as Tate Modern in London will highlight this in the future.