The Guild,  Alibaug

  October 15 - December 7,  2017

10.00 am to 6.30 pm

all days open

The Guild art gallery is delighted to present an exhibition by acclaimed film maker and artist  Madhusudhanan at Alibaug, showing a new suite of works, including an award winning film ‘Razor Blood and Other Tales’.

“Among his recent paintings, we see the calisthenics of history performed in a time of precarity: Lenin’s head being airlifted or carried on a wheel barrow of inflatable sand bags (war and genocide having become recurrent features in a post-communist world) or the symbol of heroism and power, the equestrian statue blown off its pedestal. But then we find this glowing robe miraculously suspended in the air next to Lenin, as he exits the pages of history. Is this a new ideological garb waiting for its wearer? Or is it a robe of redemption, a shirt sloughed off like old skin in Piero della Francesca’s ‘The Baptism of Christ’? Is it too much to hope for deliverance from the endless cycle of death and death? When the books burn at Fahrenheit 451, do we see the spectres of Indian Emergency or Nazism? Does the scission in Vasco da Gama’s foreshortened portrait project our schizoid post-colonial selves, held together by a bunch of tasseled bulbs?” -  Nancy Adajania 


Madhusudhanan was born in 1956 in Alappuzha, a coastal district in Kerala. He Studied Painting at Fine Arts College, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, and Print Making at the Faculty of Fine Arts, M.S. University, Baroda.


Madhusudhanan’s Museum and institutional  shows include:   Pond Near the Field: Five Artists from Kerala,  Kiran Nadar Museum of Art (KNMA), New Delhi, curated by Roobina Karode, 2015, and collaborative show with Kochi Muziris Biennale by KNMA at Madhavan Nayar Foundation; The Penal Colony and The Marx Archive: The Logic of Disappearance,  56th Venice Biennale, 2015, curated by Okwui Enwezor; The Marx Archive: The Logic of Disappearance, Kochi-Muziris B iennale 2014 curated by Jitish Kallat; Part Narratives, Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum,  curated by Gayatri Sinha, 2017;  Solo shows: Babel, The Guild, Alibaug, 2017; Penal Colony, Vadehra Art Gallery, 2016; other select group shows -  Horses in the Air, 2017, Vadehra Art Gallery; Art Basel, Hongkong, 2016 by Vadehra Art Gallery;  Aesthetic Bind Citizen Artist: forms of address, Chemould Prescott Road, Mumbai, curated by Geeta Kapur, 2013.


His films have garnered a number of awards: Special Jury Awards, National Film Awards, India; Special Jury Award for Direction, Kerala State Film Awards; Best Cinematography, Kerala State Film Awards; Best Editing, Kerala State Film Awards;  Special Mention Jury Award, Mannheim-Heidelberg International Festival, Germany; Best Cinematography, SAIFF, New York;   Thessaloniki Festival, Greece; Outstanding Film from International Festivals, MoMA and others.


A comprehensive book on art and films of Madhusudhanan published by The Guild will be released during the preview.

For further information or images please do write to us at theguildart@gmail.com


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