Medha Kapur of Saffronart shares a short note on India: Art Now, an exhibition at the Arken Museum of Modern Art in Denmark.
Copenhagen: INDIA: ART NOW, on view from 18 August 2012 to 13 January 2013, is part of the project India Today/Copenhagen Tomorrow. It is the biggest exhibition in the Danish art museum ARKEN’s history. The purpose behind this exhibit is to promote cultural and commercial exchanges between the two countries. The work of 13 of the most well known Indian artists and artist groups will be showcased at the museum. Included are works by Rina Banerjee, Hemali Bhuta, Atul Dodiya, Sheela Gowda, Shilpa Gupta, Subodh Gupta, Jitish Kallat, Reena Kallat, Rashmi Kaleka, Bharti Kher, G. Ravinder Reddy, Vivan Sundaram and Thukral & Tagra, among others – artists who have found ways to express the aspirations and conflicts of a new generation, through media varying from painting, sculpture and photography to installation and interactive art.
Several works have been created specifically for this exhibition, and they both encourage and defy all our preconceived notions of Indian art. For the subjects, materials and narratives the artists often take their point of departure in local Indian phenomena, but their works extend far beyond the idea of exotic India into global culture. Thukral & Tagra present a new installation called ‘The Escape’, about the migration from India. It is a passenger terminal built like a pinball machine.
‘INDIA : ART NOW’ is an impressive exhibition, and promises to offer visitors a rarely seen manifestation of modern India.