The Indian Highway Contemporary Art Exhibition Reaches MAXXI in Rome
Rome - SEP 29, 2011
Rome.- MAXXI (the National Museum of the 21st Century Arts) is proud to present "Indian Highway", on view from September 22nd through January 29th 2012. Consisting of 60 works by 30 different artists, and including 4 site-specific installations, the exhibition describes the boom, the contradictions and the myriad facets of the “Indian miracle” through the eyes of contemporary Indian artists. This major touring group show coproduced with the Serpentine Gallery in London and the Astrup Fearnley Museum in Oslo has been touring Europe for the past 2 years, but takes a new spin with every stop it takes. The exhibition can essentially be divided into three macro areas. The first is 'Indian Identity and Histories', which investigates political, social and religious themes such as the war between India and Pakistan, the religious struggles, the transience of the national borders. Among the works on show: the large painting by Fida Husain (recently deceased, a protagonist on the Indian art scene for over 70 years, to whom the entire exhibition is dedicated) refers to the terrorist attacks in Mumbai in November 2008. The video "The Lightning Testimonies" by Amar Kanwar recounts the war between India and Pakistan through the testimonies of raped women. The video "I Love My India" by Tejal Shah tackles the repression of Muslims in Gujarat in 2002, while "100 Hand Drawn Maps of Indi"a by Shilpa Gupta reflects the sense of insecurity and the instability of the national borders. The disturbing installation by the same artist "Untitled – Skewers" features 185 lances looming from the ceiling and arousing a sense of fear. ' Exploding metropolises' examines urban expansion and chaos and the abandonment of the rural areas. The symbol of the exhibition, the wallpaper installation "Dream Villa 11" by Daynita Singh is virtually a luminous sign repeated for 80 metres on MAXXI’s external wall at the first floor level: it reproduces a contemporary metropolis from above, shrouded in a blue light, with the great highways like rivers of fire. Among the works on show: the sculpture "Transit" by Valay Shende, the huge truck in aluminium discs contrasting with "Autosaurus Tripous", the skeleton of a traditional rickshaw in resin bones by Jitish Kallat, while the 27-metre-long installation by Subodh Gupta composed of pots and pans alludes to the workers’ lunch. 'Contemporary Tradition', the third anf final area, explores the revisiting of ancient forms of expression from Indian culture such as miniatures, ceramics and ink paintings. The site-specific installations Strands by N.S. Harsha and "Growing" by Hemali Bhuta are examples, as are the large enamelled panels by Nalini Malani that allude to the mythological stories. The show Nineteen Mantras produced by Fondazione Musica per Roma and Fondazione MAXXI and co-produced with the Accademia Teatro alla Scala, is also part of the project conceived for MAXXI Art. Executive production is by Fattore K with direction by Giorgio Barbiero Corsetti, music by Riccardo Nova, chroeogrpahy by Shantala Scivalingappa and the contributions of Indian dancers, musicians and singers. The show will be staged in the Auditorium Parco della Musica in January 2012 and then in Milan. A choreographical, musical and video work, it recounts the impetus of myth, transporting it into the contemporary through mantra verse. Previews of the work may be seen in the exhibition thanks to three multi-media stations. The MAXXI (the National Museum of the 21st Century Arts) is a national museum dedicated to contemporary creativity, located in the Flaminio neighbourhood of Rome, Italy. It is managed by a foundation created by the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities. It was designed as a multidisciplinary space by Zaha Hadid and committed to experimentation and innovation in the arts and architecture. The project was first announced in 1998 and took over 10 years to complete, during which time there had been six changes of national government in Italy. The Royal Institute of British Architect’s (RIBA) Stirling Prize for architecture 2010 was been awarded to MAXXI and Zaha Hadid. The building is a composition of bending oblong tubes, overlapping, intersecting and piling over each other, resembling a piece of massive transport infrastructure. The MAXXI consists of two museums: "MAXXI art" and "MAXXI architecture". In addition to the two museums, the MAXXI also features an auditorium, a library and media library specialized in art and architecture, a bookshop, a cafeteria, a bar/restaurant, galleries for temporary exhibition, performances, educational activities. The large public square designed in front of the museum is planned to host art works and live events. The MAXXI has been acclaimed by The Guardian as "Hadid's finest built work to date" and a masterpiece fit to sit alongside Rome's ancient wonders. The permanent collections of these two museums grow through direct acquisitions, as well as through commissions, thematic competitions, awards for young artists, donations and permanent loans. The collection includes works by Alighiero Boetti, William Kentridge, Kara Walker, Ed Ruscha, Gilbert & George, Gino De Dominicis, Michael Raedecker, Anish Kapoor, Gerhard Richter, Francesco Clemente, Lara Favaretto, Marlene Dumas, Maurizio Cattelan, Gabriele Basilico, Kiki Smith, Thomas Ruff, Luigi Ghirri, Manfredi Beninati, Vanessa Beecroft, Stefano Arienti, Francis Alys, Ugo Rondinone, Thomas Schutte and archives of architects Carlo Scarpa, Aldo Rossi and Pier Luigi Nervi. Visit the museum's website at ... fondazionemaxxi.it Article: Art Knowledge News

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