The artist Subodh Gupta is famous for transforming the everyday materials of Indian life into artworks. Working across painting, sculpture and installation, in Gupta’s hands objects such as tiffin boxes, cooking utensils and milk pails are used to reflect on the economic transformation of India during his lifetime and question the ambivalence of a society caught between traditional customs and globalisation, booming wealth and poverty. The artist’s work – beautiful, sensuous and frequently spectacular – encourages viewers to question the material, cultural and spiritual values attributed to objects, including pondering the inner life of used and discarded cooking vessels.
Subodh Gupta was born in Khagaul, Bihar, in India in 1964 and now lives and works in New Delhi.
The Monnaie de Paris, an institution that has been working precious metals for 1150 years, is hosting in 2018 the first retrospective in France of the Indian artist Subodh Gupta. During the preparations for the exhibition, Bernardaud was able to meet the artist, and from this encounter, the project of a limited edition dessert plate was born, inspired by the artist’s hyperrealist paintings showing the remains of a meal.