The Guild Mumbai and the Kerala Museum Kochi are
delighted to present a mid-career retrospective of K. P. Reji (b. 1972)
at the Kerala Museum, Kochi. This exhibition previews on the occasion of
the thirty-fifth anniversary celebration of the Kerala Museum.
KP Reji began his career as an artist at the Kerala
Museumís Art Centre in Kochi, set up in the early 1990s by Madhavan
Nayar. It was here that Reji was introduced to contemporary art ó both
Indian and international. Although short-lived, the Centre at the museum
would have a lasting influence on Rejiís practice. Subsequently, Reji
moved to study at the MS University, Baroda, where he was awarded his
graduate and post-graduate degrees in painting. He has had several solo
exhibitions and his works have been included in important exhibitions
both in India and abroad. The Good Earth: A mid-career
retrospective of Paintings by K. P. Reji traces his
artistic journey by bringing together his drawings and paintings from
1997 to the present. He now lives and works in Baroda.
Suman Gopinath is an independent curator based in
Bangalore. She studied Fine Arts Administration and Curating at
Goldsmiths, University of London, UK. Some of her co-curated projects
include the 9th Asia Pacific Triennale (2019); Singapore
Biennale- An Atlas of Mirrors (2016-17); Nasreen Mohamedi, Tate
Liverpool, UK (2014.Most recently (2013-2022), Suman managed the
Archives and Museums Programme at India Foundation for the Arts (IFA)
About The Kerala Museum : The Kerala Museum was founded
in 1984 by R. Madhavan Nayar, an industrialist and philanthropist. It
consists of The Museum of Kerala History , the Gallery of Contemporary
Indian Art & The Centre for Visual Art. Complementing these centres of
knowledge are a collection of 2000 books on art, history and culture.
Celebrating thirty five years, the aim of the Madhavan Nayar Foundation
today is to interpret the complex and layered history of Kerala through
thoughtful curation, public programmes and community involvement.
About The Guild :The Guild was established in 1997 to
function as a semi-institutional space within the bustling art-hub of
Mumbai, India. Since its inception, it has been providing a platform for
discursive practices, innovation and experimentation in contemporary
art. The Guild represents a roster of artists of diverse generations who
have brought in robust dialogue within and across their disciplines. The
gallery has held major retrospectives of Navjot Altaf, Sudhir Patwardhan,
and G. R. Iranna in collaboration with premier national art centres;
they have published a number of books with essays by pre-eminent
critics and curators on contemporary Indian artists such as Sudhir
Patwardhan, Navjot Altaf, Jyoti Bhatt, K.G. Subramanyan, and T.V.
Santhosh, amongst others. The Guild celebrates its twenty-fifth
anniversary in 2022. For this silver jubilee year, The Guild is
organising a series of critical curated exhibitions marking the
trajectory the gallery, its artists, and the Indian art world has taken
in the past twenty-five years.
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