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Subodh Gupta's 'thalis' to fill London museum room

world Updated: Feb 21, 2010 15:37 IST

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Creating an environment that is quiet and solemn, yet luxurious and opulent, 45 brass stools paired with stainless steel thalis created by contemporary Indian artist Subodh Gupta will fill an entire room at a museum here.

The Hauser & Wirth museum here will present Gupta's striking work 'School' from February 23 till March 27.
Gupta’s works show an affinity for the domestic realm.

His sculptures and installations often incorporate objects that are commonplace in Indian culture, such as the
kitchen utensils seen in 'School', the organisers said.

In addition to these utensils, Gupta has included in this work an object with personal significance – the stools in
‘School’ are cast from his father's low wooden seat, and the brass version of this traditional item still bears his
initials in the corner.

By casting these elements in such culturally-loaded materials as brass and steel, multiplying their numbers, and
arranging them in a perfect, grid-like pattern in a gallery, Gupta transforms them from traditional, homely items into
something extraordinary and enigmatic, producing an act of displacement that speaks to the cultural, economic and social changes faced by contemporary society, the organisers said.