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’.
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.
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.
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.
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
Especially the moving sushi belt installation.