The Guild Art Gallery, Mumbai
and the Kerala Museum, M. N. Foundation
Kochi present

K. P. Reji: The Good Earth
A mid-career retrospective

Curated by Suman Gopinath

Preview: 17 December at 6.00 pm

On views: 18 December to 2 April 2023

The Kerala Museum, Kochi

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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) Bangalore. 

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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