“The best” is a difficult claim to make. And yet, for the fourth year in a row, the Indian Highway group show attempts to present the very best of Indian contemporary art to the globe.
This year, the definitive international group show of Indian contemporary art expands to 36 artists—from established veterans such as photographer Dayanita Singh to new inclusions such as Hemali Bhuta—for a grand exhibition that opened on Thursday at the Musée d’Art Contemporain at Lyon in France.
Traffic stopper: A life-size truck by Valay Shende.
The show was conceived in 2008 by curators from London’s Serpentine Gallery and the Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art in Oslo as a snapshot of a vibrant generation of Indian artists working across a range of media, from painting, photography and sculpture to installation and Internet-based art and video.
This year, Thierry Raspail, director, Musée d’Art Contemporain, joins in as curator. Raspail has broadened the scope of the show to include Indian “visual culture” and brought in artists working in diverse visual fields such as architecture (Studio Mumbai), graphic art (Sarnath Banerjee) and design (Thukral and Tagra).
The show in Lyon also transports Indian Highway to a massive, 2,000 sq. m space from the 800 sq. m it started off with in London.
New artworks on view include a colossal installation by Shilpa Gupta called I Keep Falling at You, made with over 5,000 microphones and accompanied by a looping audio. Apart from new works by Bharti Kher, Subodh Gupta and the Raqs Media Collective, Raspail says over email from Lyon, visitors should look out for a life-size truck created by sculptor Valay Shende with over a thousand 2cm metal circles.
Indian Highway is on view at Musée d’Art Contemporain, Lyon, till 31 July.