Subodh Gupta exhibits solo at Les Moulins in France

To mark its pioneering anchoring in this unique area of the Ile-de-France countryside, the gallery is showcasing works by Subodh Gupta, Michelangelo Pistoletto and Sislej Xhafa.

Subodh Gupta artwork

September 30, 2022: As Galleria Continua celebrates the 15th anniversary of Les Moulins, the gallery is pleased to present a new solo exhibition by Subodh Gupta, one of the most well-known voices on the contemporary art scene. The exhibition will be available to view in the picturesque Ile-de-France countryside until December 24, 2022.

The exhibition, entitled My Village, aims to convey the memories, nostalgia, desires and struggles that permeate the stories of the artist’s home country, India. As well as the frequent formal and symbolic references drawn from the Indian tradition, the starting point of this exhibition is a thought that investigates education of Mr. Gupta about socio-economic, political and ecological dynamics.

Subodh Gupta artwork

Mr. Gupta shows sculptures in brass and steel, materials found in works such as Rural Urban that tease the aesthetic and consumerist desires of today’s world. Steel is somewhat typical of post-independence urban India, where traditional Hindu beliefs and practices constantly share space with modern Western education. On the other hand, as we see in the paintings titled My Village, food, the tools for cooking and preserving meals, together with the ritual of feeding (the needy, the wise, saints, and even animals) have constituted a central and recurrent motif in Indian life, both religious and cultural, from its earliest times up until today.

Subodh Gupta artwork

The exhibition presents the artist’s vision of life, consisting of abstract elements, everyday objects, noise and silence. “In some way, it is my village,” says Mr. Gupta, who hails from Khagaul, Bihar, India, the seat of Buddhist learning. Some of his notable works have been exhibited at Adda / Rendez Vous, La Monnaie, Paris, France (2018), Art Unlimited / Art Basel 2017, and Basel, Switzerland (2017).  

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