Matti Braun

Studio SALES di Norberto Ruggeri

The theme of the recent show by German artist Matti Braun was succinctly illustrated by Untitled (Sarabhai) (all works 2007), six black-and-white photographs illustrating the life and work of Vikram Sarabhai, an Indian physicist responsible for his country’s first satellite. The images show the satellite itself, a portrait of the scientist in traditional dress, his bust sculpted in bronze, a family photo (with the poet Tagore at the center and, among the others, the scientist’s sister, who was an assistant to John Cage), the family home designed by Le Corbusier, and a drawing by Cage. Sarabhai belonged to a well-to-do, cultivated, and cosmopolitan family for whom the fusion of Indian culture and that of the West was part of daily life. This fusion was, in a sense, the general theme of the exhibition, the modernist “look” the show’s stylistic hallmark.

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