sculpture: Subodh Gupta “Et tu, Duchamp?”

28/4 2010 — 17/10 2010

Black bronze, 2009/2010; length: 210 cm, width: 130 cm, height: 240 cm

Subodh Gupta ranks among the most important contemporary artists from India. He became known for his large-format installations comprised of stainless steel kitchen utensils.

Gupta, who calls himself an ?idol thief,? quotes icons of European art in his works, positioning them in new contexts. He does so, too, with his bronze sculpture Et tu, Duchamp? presented on Kunsthalle wien public space karlsplatz. Gupta has used the French artist Marcel Duchamp?s work L.H.O.O.Q. from 1919, which shows Mona Lisa disfigured by a mustache and a goatee, as a model. Thus, the artist enters into an imaginary dialogue with the founder of Conceptual Art. By translating Duchamp?s L.H.O.O.Q. into a three-dimensional piece of a size many times larger, he has created a new work of art that can be ?experienced? from all sides.

Subodh Gupta, born in Khagaul, Bihar (India) in 1964; lives and works in New Delhi.

With kind support from Galerie Hauser & Wirth and Galleria Continua.