Atul Dodiya, Devi and the Sink, 2004, enamel, varnish, acrylic epoxy on laminate, 72 x 48”. From the series “Saptapadi: Scenes from Marriage (Regardless),” 2004–2006.


“Paris–Delhi–Bombay . . .”

Centre Pompidou
Place Georges-Pompidou
May 25–September 19

Curated by Sophie Duplaix and Fabrice Bousteau

Accompanied by yet another massive catalogue, here is yet another overview of contemporary Indian art—this time with a French flavor. Museum president Alain Seban endeavors to propel Indian art into “dialogue with the contemporary scene in France.” The resulting exhibition of nearly eighty works—two-thirds of which were created specially for the occasion—embraces photography, video, installation, and painting from forty-eight Indian and French artists. Orlan, Sophie Calle, and Camille Henrot comment on “new India,” while Jitish Kallat’s urban(e) offerings, Atul Dodiya’s hilarious paintings, and Bharti Kher’s bindi-smothered work predictably get a look-in. There are also unexpected treats: Nalini Malani’s video–shadow play combination Remembering Mad Meg, 2010, will conjure eerie bedlam on the walls. As someone famously said, “Everything starts and ends in Paris.” Perhaps this will be a survey to end all surveys?