Subodh Gupta and Serhiy Bratkov at Pinchuk Art Centre, Kiev/Ukraine

Subodh Gupta and his work 'Only one tiffin'; photograph provided by the PinchukArtCentre © 2010. Photographed by Sergei Illin

Pinchuk Art Centre in Kiev, Ukraine, opened the show ‘Faith Matters’ by Subodh Gupta. In these new works Mr. Gupta focuses on the shifting of national identity and cultural change.


His signature works are installations and sculptures containing typical Indian everyday objects made of polished stainless steel. This way he creates his Indian version of Marcel Duchamp’s ‘ready mades’.


Subodh Gupta: 'Faith Matters', 2007-2010.

I especially like the installation ‘Faith Matters’: Tiffin tins (Indian lunch boxes) made of stainless steel and brass are piled up on a moving sushi belt. It is a wonderful symbol for the madness of everyday life within (Indian) mega-cities.


Subodh Gupta and his art dealer Iwan Wirth; photograph provided by the PinchukArtCentre © 2010. Photographed by Sergei Illin

In recent years Mr. Gupta became famous as one of the younger contemporary artists from India. His gallery Hauser & Wirth took advantage of the current Indian contemporary art boom and successfully promoted him internationally.


Sergey Bratkov and his work 'Eurotel'; photograph provided by the PinchukArtCentre © 2010. Photographed by Sergei Illin

On the next two floors there is Serhiy Bratkov's exhibition ‘Ukraine’ featuring photographs and installations. He was born in the Ukraine, but lives and works now in Moscow. In the last decades, he has photographed unique absurdities of everyday life in Kiev, Kharkiv and Moscow since the end of the Soviet Union. Mr. Bratkov allready contributed to the Biennials of Sao Paulo and Venice. I especially like his installation ‘Eurotel’ of 2009.


Viktor Pinchuk (c) Premier Art Scene

The Ukrainian oligarch and philanthropist Viktor Pinchuk brings internationally renowned art to his country and - at the same time - promotes Ukrainian artists.



Recently he endowed the second edition of ‘Future Generation Art Prize’ for young artists. On the board there are people like Jeff Koons, Takashi Murakami or Damien Hirst. The winner will receive remarkable US $ 100,000.



I think this is a good contribution to get Kiev to become a landmark on the global map of art cities.


by I. Z.



Subodh Gupta: ‘Faith Matters’ at Pinchuk Art Centre, Kiev, Ukraine

Sergey Pratkov: ‘Ukraine’ project at Pinchuk Art Centre, Kiev, Ukraine


Through 21 March 2010



Gabriel Orozco. (Mexican, born 1962); My Hands Are My Heart. 1991; Two silver dye bleach prints, Each 9 1/8 x 12 ½” (23.2 x 31.8 cm); Courtesy of Marian Goodman Gallery, New York; ©2009 Gabriel Orozco
Jeff Koons: 'Ceterpillar Ladder' 2003 (c) Jeff Koons courtesy Serpentine Gallery


Nataliia, 01-02-10 00:45
I like the exhibition !

Especially the moving sushi belt installation.

Cristian, 24-02-13 21:17
Oh Wow! Thanks for this!! I'm a complete titghs addict (very rarely go out without them, even in summer) so these are extra inspiring!Adore the blue scalloped pair and the knee pads and...well all of them now I think about it!Hope to see you wearing them on here :DAyesha x
dpetqp, 26-02-13 02:19

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