The first retrospective of artist Subodh Gupta has just opened at the Monnaie de Paris, a venue very close to our hotels. Get ready for some high-concept modern art, where metal plays an important part.
Although he studied to be a painter, he also expresses himself in other media, such as video, performance, photography, installations and sculpture, and his work is conceived to adhere to the concept of Adda, a hindi word that describes an intellectual exchange.
As cooking is a central theme of Indian culture, metal utensils and pots also figure highly in Gupta’s work, often forming large installations.
The exhibition fills the grand staircase and historical rooms of the building, with works from 2003 to 2017, as well as the video Seven Billion Light Years (2016), and a few large sculptures in the interior courtyards.
Linked with the exhibition there are guided visits every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, a conference with the artist in English on 19th June 2018, and the 11 Conti Museum (that we visited for you in January) has a sister exhibition A Dream of Elsewhere about India and its medals.
The venue still produces coins and medals, so it’s no surprise that the exhibition is a great excuse the perfect moment to sell some related merchandise, including silvered bronze medals (149€) and a gold-plated medal in a limited edition of 100 (which helps explain why it costs 590€).
The exhibition Subodh Gupta – Adda / Rendez-vous is at the Monnaie de Paris (here) from 13th April – 26th August 2018
Open every day except Mondays from 11am-7pm (9pm Thursdays)
Admission: 14€ / 12€ (includes museum entrance)