Subodh Gupta’s Praise of Doubt

Elisabetta Marabotto of Saffronart on Subodh Gupta’s works featured in the current exhibition at Francoise Pinault’s Punta della Dogana in Venice

Punta della Dogana, Venice

Punta della Dogana, Venice. Image Credit: http://www.palazzograssi.it/en/punta-della-dogana/museo/punta-della-dogana-venice.html

Rome: The Punta della Dogana in Venice, a centre for contemporary art, has been showing parts of the Francoise Pinault collection since 2009. From April 2011 until the end of 2012 the exhibition ‘In Praise of Doubt’ presents the works of twenty international artists, of which half have never been exhibited before as part of the Pinault collection.

This exhibition, curated by Caroline Bourgeois, is a thematic journey through the strengths and weaknesses of the human condition. New artworks including some site-specific installations and historical pieces explore themes such as uncertainty and identity, and  discuss the relationship between the artwork space and the intimate space.

Among the twenty artists featured in the exhibition are Subodh Gupta, Maurizio Cattelan, Jeff Koons and Thomas Schutte.

In ‘Spooning’ and ‘Cosmos IX’ Gupta transcends accustomed meanings, taking created objects to another level and producing multiple readings which are not expected. In fact, the two stainless steel spoons in ‘Spooning’ actually manage to evoke feelings of love! On the other hand, ‘Et tu, Duchamp?’ is an homage to the great French artist who is an important source of inspiration for Gupta and his foundation in the understanding of western art.

Below is a slideshow of Subodh Gupta’s artworks on display in Venice. More information on the exhibition can be found here.

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