Vivan Sundaram

1943:      Born in Shimla

1961-65:  BA. Fine Arts M.S. University Baroda

1966-68:  Post-Diploma (Commonwealth Scholar), Slade School, London

Lives in New Delhi

Solo Exhibitions:

1999: 'Great Indian Bazaar', Gallery Chemould, Bombay; Galerie, Foundation for Indian Artists, Amsterdam; Nature Morte, New Delhi; Sakshi Gallery, Bangalore

1998 :'Structures of Memory: Modern Bengal', Site-specific installation at the Victoria Memorial Hall, Calcutta 'House/Boat', Muse regional de Rimouski, Quebec, Canada

1997: 'House/Boat', Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg; Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver

1996: 'Memorial', Sakshi Gallery, Melange Art and Design Centre, Bombay

1995: 'The Sher-Gil Archive', Mucsarnok, Dorottya Gallery, Budapest; The Hungarian Information and Cultural Centre, New Delhi; Gallery Chemould, Bombay

1994-95: 'Riverscape', Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Calcutta; Sakshi Gallery, Bombay; British Council Art Gallery, New Delhi

1994:  'House/Boat', OBORO, Montreal

'Map, Monument, Fallen Mortal' (Works from 'Collaboration/Combines', 'Riverscape' and 'Memorial'), South London Gallery, London.

'Works with Paper', Contemporary Art Gallery, Ahmedabad

1993: 'Memorial: an Installation with Photographs and Sculpture', AIFACS Gallery, New Delhi

1992: 'Collaboration/Combines', Shridharani Gallery, New Delhi; Gallery Chemould & Jehangir Ant Gallery, Bombay

1991-92: 'Engine Oil and Charcoal: Works on Paper', Faculty of Fine Ants, M.S. University of Baroda; Rabindra Bhavan and LTG Art Gallery, New Delhi; Sakshi Gallery Bangalore & Madras.

1990: 'Paintings', Shridharani Gallery, Delhi; Gallery Chemould, Bombay

'Long Night: Drawings in Charcoal', Max Mueller Bhavan, Hyderabad.

1988: 'Long Night: Drawings in Charcoal', Rabindra Bhavan, New Delhi; Gallery Chemould, Bombay, Calcutta

1987-88: 'Journeys', Aurobindo Gallery, New Delhi; Kala Yatra Sista's Art Gallery, Bangalore

1986: 'Paintings', Shridharani Gallery, New Delhi; Jehangir Art Gallery, Bombay

1984: 'Signs of Fire', Faculty of Fine Arts, M. S. University of Baroda; Dhoomimal Art Gallery, New Delhi; Gallery Chemould, Bombay

1981: 'Paintings', Urja Art Gallery, Baroda

1977: 'The Indian Emergency-II', Fine Arts Faculty, M. S. University of Baroda; Jehangir Art Gallery Bombay; J.N.U. and Black Partridge Gallery, Delhi

1976: 'The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie', Faculty of Fine Arts, M. S, University of Baroda; J.N.U. and Rabindra Bhavan, New Delhi; Academy of Fine Arts, Calcutta; Jehangir Art Gallery, Bombay

'The Indian Emergency-I' Triveni Kala Sangam, New Delhi

1974: 'Paintings', Gallery Chemould, Bombay

1972: 'The Heights of Macchu Picchu', J.N.U., Kunika-Chemould Gallery, New Delhi; Gallery Chemould, Calcutta; Jehangir Art Gallery, Bombay

1968:  'Paintings', Arts Laboratory, London.

1966: 'Paintings', Dhoomimal Gallery, New Delhi; Taj Art Gallery, Bombay.

Group Exhibitions
'Early Drawings: 1950s-1970s', The Fine Art Company, Bombay, Illustrated catalogue

'Icons of the Millenium', Lakeeren Art Gallery, Bombay, Illustrated catalogue

'Ligatee-The Baroda School of Art', The Fine Art Company, Bombay, Illustrated catalogue

Nature Morte, New Delhi, Mary Place Gallery, Sydney, Australia

'Big River', International Artists Workshop, Carribean Contemporary Arts, National Museum & Art Gallery, Port of Spain, Trinidad, Illustrated catalogue

'Volume & Form', Singapore, Illustrated Catalogue

'Edge of the Century', curator: Amit Mukhopadhyaya, Nature Morte, New Delhi, Illustrated catalogue

'Private Mythology: Contemporary Art from India', curator: Akira Tatahata, Japan Foundation, Asia Centre, Tokyo. Illustrated catalogue

'World Wide Video Festival', Amsterdam, curator of the Indian section: Johan Pijnapple, Illustrated catalogue

'The Presence of the Past', curator: Girish Shahane, Jehangir Nicholson Gallery, NCPA, Bombay, Illustrated catalogue

'Face to Face', Baroda Alumni Antists of Delhi, Rabindra Bhavan Gallery, New Delhi, Illustrated catalogue

'Artists for a Sustainable World', Gallery Chemould, Bombay

'Inaugural Show', Sakshi Gallery, Bombay

'Trade Routes; History and Geography', Second Johannesburg Biennale, section: 'Alternating Currents', curator: Okwui Enzewor an Octavia Zaya, Johannesburg, South Africa, Illustrated catalogue

'Mapping the Earth', Second Kwangju Biennale, section: 'Power', curator: Sung Wan-Kyun, Kwangju, South Korea, Illustrated catalogue

'The Individual and Memory', Sixth Havana Biennale, Cuba, Illustrated catalogue.

'Out of India: Contemporary Art of the South Asian Diaspora', curator: Jane Farver, Queens Museum of Art, New York State, Illustrated catalogue.

'Five Decades of Modern Art from India, 1947-1997', CIMA and Singapore Art Museum, Singapore, Illustrated catalogue

'Being Minorities', curator: Oscar Ho, Asian artists at the Hong Kong Arts Centre, Hong Kong.

'Right to Hope', curator: Catherine Thick, Belfast, Northern Ireland and Sarajevo. (Traveling exhibition since 1995). Illustrated catalogue

'Post Independence Contemporary Indian Art', National Gallery of Modern Art and Vadhera Art Gallery, New Delhi. Illustrated book

'Colours of Independence', National Gallery of Modern Art and CIMA, New Delhi.

'Major Trends in Indian Art since 1947', curator: Rm. Palaniappan, Lalit Kala Akademi, Rabindra Bhavan, New Delhi. Illustrated catalogue

'Homage to Antoin Artaud', curator: Marie Delpech, Eicher Gallery, New Delhi, Illustrated catalogue.

'The Looking Glass Self', Lakeeren Gallery, Bombay. Illustrated catalogue.

'Nature Morte', Inaugural exhibition, artists from India, Europe and the United States of America, Habitat Centre, New Delhi

'Gift for India', curators: Vivan Sundaram, Shamshad, Ram Rahman, SAHMAT, Rabindra Bhavan, New Delhi and Gallery Chemould, Max Mueller Bhavan and Artists Centre, Bombay, Illustrated catalogue

'The Second Asia- Paciflc Triennial of Contemporary Art', Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Australia, curators: Kamala Kapoor and Victoria Lyn, Illustrated Catalogue

'The Sixth Bharat Bhavan Biennal of Contemporary Arts', Bhopal. Illustrated catalogue

'The Pastel', curator: Prayag Shukla,Gallery Art Motif, New Delhi. Illustrated catalogue

'Uday Shankar Festival of Ants', curators: Anita Dube, Prithpal Singh, Sehdev Ladi, Sahitya Kala Parishad, Kamani Auditorium, New Delhi.  Catalogue

'Resource Art - A New Look at the Elements', Max Mueller Bhavan, Madras

'Art and Nature', International Workshop and Exhibition sponsored by Lalit Kala Akademi, Japan Foundation and Max Mueller Bhavan at Buddha Jayanti Park, Delhi, Illustrated catalogue

'Configura-2': Dialogue of Cultures', Erfurt. Germany

'Bombay' RPG Enterprises, Jehangir Art Gallery, Bombay

'The Right to Hope: One World Art', Johannesberg Art Gallery Johannesberg, South Africa

'A Homage: 125th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi', LTG Art Gallery, New Delhi

'Postcards for Gandhi', A SAHMAT Exhibition,Vadhera Art Gallery, Delhi; Pundole Art Gallery, Bombay; Gallerie 88, Calcutta; Alliance Francaise, Madras; Sakshi Gallery, Bangalore; Contemporary Art Gallery, Ahmedabad

'Watercolours: A Broader Spectrum-II: Acts of Painting: Acts of Play', Gallery Chemould, Bombay

'A Tree in my Life', Village Gallery, New Delhi, Illustrated catalogue

'Hundred Years: From the NGMA Collection', curator: Geeta Kapur, National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi

'Drawing '94', AIFACS, curator: Prayag Shukla for Gallery Espace, New Delhi, Illustrated catalogue

'For Childrens' Sake', Mobile Creches, The India Habitat Centre, NewDelhi. Illustrated catalogue

'Critical Difference: Contemporary Art from India' curator: David Thorp. An Aberstwyth Art Centre touring exhibition in collaboration with The Showroom, London; Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff; Aberstwyth Arts Centre; Oriel Mostyn, Llandudno; Camden Arts Centre, London; Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool; Huddersfield City Art Gallery, Illustrated Catalogue

'Riverscape', Four International Artist Residencies: Takashi Ikezawa (Japan), Hanna Luczak (Poland), Graham Crowley (UK) and Vivan Sundaram (India), River Tees, Cleveland, UK, Cleveland Gallery and Middlesborough Art Gallery, Illustrated catalogue

'Still-Life', Sakshi Gallery Bombay

'Contemporary Indian Art', Bangladesh Shilpa Kala Academy Dhaka, curator: Jogen Choudhary, Illustrated catalogue

'Journeys within Landscapes', Sakshi Gallery at Jehangir Art Gallery Bombay Illustrated catalogue

'Pioneers to the New Generation', Arts Acre, Calcutta 'Silver Jubilee Exhibition: Artists from Northern India', Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Calcutta

Special Invitee to Kerala State Lalit Kala Akedemi

The Fourth Biennale, Havana, Illustrated catalogue

'Artists against Communalism: Words and Images', curators: Vivan Sundaram, Ram Rahman, Shamshad, SAHMAT, Delhi and 15 other cities in India

'Splash: Images on Glass' with Bhupen Khakhar and Nalini Malani, Gallery Chemould, Bombay Illustrated catalogue.

'Homage to Nelson Mandela', LTG Art Gallery Delhi

'Art Mosaic', Calcutta, Illustrated catalogue

'Ambassador's Choice', Kingdom of Netherlands, curator: Eggie Schoo, National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi. Catalogue

'Timeless Art ' Victoria Terminus Railway Station, Bombay Art auction by Sotheby's of London for 150 years of The Times of India, Bombay Illustrated catalogue

'Artists Alert', Rabindra Bhavan, New Delhi and auction for Safdar Hashmi Memorial Trust (SAHMAT) New Delhi. Illustrated catalogue

Glass mural at Shah House, Bombay collectively done with Bhupen Khakhar and Nalini Malani

25 Years: Anniversary Show, Gallery Chemould, Bombay Illustrated catalogue

International Festival of Art, Baghdad (Awarded Gold Medal). Illustrated catalogue

'Art for CRY', Bombay, Calcutta, Delhi, Bangalore. Illustrated catalogue

The Second Biennale, Havana. Illustrated catalogue

'Coups de Coeur', Halle Sud, Geneve, Illustrated catalogue

Help Age Auction, Christies, Taj Hotel, Bombay Illustrated catalogue


Asian Art Show, Seoul. Illustrated catalogue

The Second Asian Art Show, Fukuoka Museum. Illustrated catalogue


The Fifeteenth International Art Exhibition, Tokyo Biennale. Illustrated catalogue

'Contemporary Indian Art', curators: Richard Bartholomew, Geeta Kapur, Akbar Padamsee, Festival of India Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London. Illustrated catalogue

'Seven Indian Artists', curator: Vivan Sundaram, Calorie Bollhagen, Worpswede; Kubus, Hannover: Amerika-Haus, Hamburg; Iwalewa-Haus, Bayreuth. Illustrated catalogue

'Place for People', Jehangir Art Gallery Bombay; Rabindra Bhavan, New Delhi. Illustrated catalogue

Inaugural exhibition, Roopankar Museum of Contemporary Art, Bharat Bhavan, Bhopal. Illustrated catalogue

'Six who declined to show in the Triennale', Kumar Gallery Delhi. Illustrated catalogue

'Pictorial Space', curator: Geeta Kapur, for Lalit Kala Akademi, Rabindra Bhavan, New Delhi. Illustrated catalogue

'Group Exhibition' Rabindra Bhavan, New Delhi

'Indian Painting and Graphics', Poland, curator : Keshav Mallik. Illustrated catalogue

'Young Contemporaries', Royal Academy of Arts, London

'Contemporary Indian Art of India and Iran', Ben and Abby Grey Foundation, New York. Catalogue

Graphic Prints from Slade School, Clare College, Cambridge, UK

'Five Painters', curator: Mansaram, Taj Art Gallery Bombay

Videos by the Artist:
'Structures of Memory', Video, 30 minutes, Producer: External Publicity Division, Ministry of External Affairs, New Delhi

'Couples, Photo Album, Vancouver', shown at Bombay International Film Festival for Documentary, Short and Animation Films

Two 4 minute videos as part of 'The Sher-Gil Archive', installation, Mucsarnok, Budapest

Three 4 minute silent video sequences as part of 'House/Boat' installation, Montreal; shown in World Wide Video festival, 1999

'Couples, Photo Album, Vancouver', 20 minutes, U-matic, A Western Front Media Production, Vancouver

Films/Videos  on the Artist
'Vivan Sundaram', directed by Asha Narang Spaak.

'Figures of Thought', directed by Arun Khopkar (on Bhupen Khakhar, Nalini Malani and Vivan Sundaram.)

'Vivan Sundaram', One World Art/The Right to Hope TV series by Iikka Vehkalahti.

Organizational Activities
Conceived project 'Gift for India' as member of exhibition collective, SAHMAT New Delhi

Presented Madhavi Mudgal and her troupe under Kasauli Art Centre, at Kasauli

Conceived project 'Postcards for Gandhi' as member of exhibition collective, SAHMAT; exhibition opened in six cities on 2nd October

Designed tent structure and stage for 'Manas Bana', a tribute to Gandhi, SAHMAT New Delhi

Member of Design Collective for 'Anhad Garje', SAHMAT, New  Delhi, 1993. Member of Design Collective for 'Hum Sab Ayodhya', SAHMAT New Delhi

Conceived Project 'Artists Against Communalism: Images and Words', as a member of exhibition collective, SAHMAT New Delhi

Designed sets for theatre production, 'Gora' (based on Tagore's novel), directed by Anuradha Kapur New Delhi

'Janotsav: Mongolpuri', SAHMAT, New Delhi

Founder-member and trustee of Safdar Hashmi Memorial Trust.

'Artists Alert' exhibition and auction, SAHMAT, New Delhi

Theatre production, 'Ghar Aur Bahar' directed  Anuradha Kapur at Kasauli Art Centre, Kasauli, and Delhi

Artists Camp with young artists of Himachal Pradesh; and national seminar, 'Critique of Contemporary Culture', Kasauli Art Centre, Kasauli

Theatre production, 'Shakuntalam', directed by Prasanna for Ensemble '86, at Kasauli Art Centre, Kasauli

Collaboration with film director, Kumar Shahani, in scripting a film on Amrita Sher-Gil

Exhibition, 'Seven Young Sculptors', Kasauli Art Centre, at Rabindra Bhavan, New Delhi

Founder-member, editorial board, Journal of Arts and Ideas, New Delhi

All-India Artists' Workshops (including participants from U.K., Germany and France) at Kasauli Art Centre, Kasauli

Retrospective exhibition on Amrita Sher-Gil, New Delhi; monograph published by Marg, Bombay

Secretary Ad-hoc Committee for All India Artists' Protest

Selected Bibliography
Exhibition catalogues of the artist with text and illustrations
Great Indian Bazaar, text by Vivan Sundaram, Gallery Chemould, Bombay; Galerie Foundation for Indian artists, Amsterdam; Nature Morte, New Delhi; and Sakshi Gallery, Bangalore, 1999

The Sher-Gil Archive, text by Katalin Keseru, Hungarian Information & Cultural Centre, New Delhi and Gallery Chemould, Bombay, 1996

House/Boat, text titled 'On dislocation' by Marie-Michele Cron, OBORO, Montreal, Canada, 1994

Riverscape, text by R.B.Goel, Birla Academy of Art & Culture, Calcutta; Sakshi Gallery, Bombay; and British Council, New Delhi,1994

Map, Monument, Fallen Mortal, by Sacha Craddok, South London Gallery, London, 1994

Memorial: an installation with photographs and sculpture, text titled 'One of those figures then died' by Ashish Rajadhyaksha, AIFACS, New Delhi; and Sakshi Gallery, Bombay, 1993

Collaboration/Combines, Shridarani Gallery, New Delhi and Gallery Chemould, Bombay, 1992

Engine Oil and Charcoal: works on paper, text titled 'Tracking' by Rasna Bhushan, LTG Gallery, New Delhi; and Sakshi Gallery, Madras/Bangalore,1991

Paintings, text titled 'Orchestration' by Nilima Sheikh and text titled 'Stage motifs' by Anuradha Kapur, Shridharani Gallery, New Delhi and Gallery Chemould, Bombay, 1990.

Long Night: drawings in charcoal, text titled 'A conversation': Anil Bhatti and Vivan Sundaram., Rabindra Bhavan Galleries, New Delhi; Gallery Chemould, Bombay, 1990

Journeys, text by Kumkum Sangari, Kala Yatra, Bangalore, 1988

Paintings, text titled 'Jhe present sky' by Kumar Shahani, Rabindra Bhavan Galleries, New Delhi and Jehangir Art Gallery Bombay 1986

Signs of Fire, Dhoomimal Art Gallery; and Gallery Chemould, Bombay 1984

The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie, text by Geeta Kapur,  Rabindra Bhavan Galleries, New Delhi, and iehangir Art Gallery Bombay 1976

Paintings, text by Geeta Kapur, Gallery Chemould, Bombay 1974

The Heights of Maccho Picchu, text by Geeta Kapur, Kunika Chemould Art Centre, New Delhi; and Gallery Chemould, Calcutta, 1972

Paintings, texts by J. Swaminathan and K.G. Subramanyan (unsigned), Dhoomi Mal Art Gallery New Delhi, 1966

Texts on the artist in art magazines, journals and exhibition catalogues:

Charles Green,' The nervous system', World Art, Issue 18, 1998

Kamala Kapoor, ' Vivan Sundaram', Private mythology: Contemporary

Art from India', Japan Foundation, October, 1998

Pranabranjan Ray 'Installing a memorial', The Art News Magazine of India, Bombay 1998

Peter A. Nagy 'The Sher-Gil Archive', Grand Street, ldentity/62, Grand Street, New York, Fall, 1997

Chaitanya Sambrani, 'Across the Barricades: A project for an alternative museum', The Art News Magazine of India, Bombay April/June,1996

Deepak Ananth, 'Vivan Sundaram : Storm over Asia', Art and Asia

Pacific, Sydney Vol.2, No.1, 1995

John Roberts, 'Indian art, identity and the avant-garde : The sculpture of Vivan Sundaram', Third Text, 27, London, Summer,1994

Madan Gopal Singh, 'The Orientalist; A short note on Vivan Sundaram's work, Journal of Arts and Ideas, New Delhi, Nos. 17-18, June 1989

References to the artist's work in books, art magazines,journals, and exhibition catalogues:

Thomas McEvilley 'Tracking the Indian diaspora', Art in America, October 1995 & Span, March/April,1999

Girish Shahane, 'The responsibilities of artists', The Art News Magazine of India, Bombay 1998

Homi K. Bhabha, 'Homecoming', Art Forum, New York, 1997

Jane Farver, 'Inside and out of India: Contemporary art of South Asian Diaspora', Oueens Museum of Art, New York, December, 1997

Ajay J. Sinha, 'Envisioning the Seventies and the Eighties'

Contemporary Art in Baroda, Editor, GM. Sheikh, Tulika, New Delhi, 1997

Nilima Sheikh,' A Post- Independence Initiative in Art', Contemporary Art in Baroda, Editor, G.M. Sheikh, Tulika, New Delhi, 1997,

Ashish Rajadhyakshya, 'The Last Decade',  Contemporary Art in Baroda, Editor, G.M. Sheikh, Tulika, New Delhi, 1997

R.Shiva Kumar, 'Contemporary Indian Art: The Last Fifty Years', Tryst with Destiny CIMA Singapore Art Museum, 1997

Neville Tuli, The Flamed Mosaic: Indian Contemporary Painting, Heart & Mapin Abmedabad, 1997

Chaitanya Sambrani, Vadhera Art Gallery New New Delhi, 1997,

Ranjit Hoskote,' Negotiations with an Existential Jigsaw: Recent Trends in Indian Art', Major Trends in Indian Art curator; Rm. Palaniappan,

Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi, 1997

Geeta Kapur, ' Dismantling the Norm, Tradtions/Tensions: Contemporary

Art in Asia, Asia Society Galleries, New York, 1996

.R.B.Goel, 'Interface between art and non-art', Lalit Kala

Contemporary 42, New Delhi, 1996

Kamala Kapoor, 'Bombay report: A hectic season', Art of Asia Pacific, No 12, Sydney 1996

Gayatri Sinha, 'Installation art', Lalit Kala Contemporary 41, New Delhi, 1995

Geeta Kapur, ' A Stake in Modernity: A brief History of Contemporary Indian Art', Tradition and Change, Editor, Caroline Turner, University of Queensland Press, Brisbane, 1993

Deanna Petherbridge, ' The Riverscape project: Art and Regeneration, Cleveland Arts, UK, 1993

K.B. Goel, 'Vivan Sundaram', Critical Difference: Contemporary Art from India, Aberystwyth Arts Centre and The Showroom, London 1993

Lakshmi Lal, Journeys within Landscapes, OSakshi Gallery Bombay 1992

Thomas McEvilley 'Tradewinds and tradition in Indian art, Art Forum, New York, Summer, 1986

Richard Lannoy 'Contemporary Indian art at the R.A.' Art Scribe No.35, London, December, 1982

Ajay J. Sinha, 'Place for People: New Image', Journal of Arts & Ideas, New Delhi, No.1, October- December, 1982

Harsh Prabhu, 'Vivan the Terrible', Ruchikas Quaterly of the Arts, Vol. 1, No.4, New Delhi, March,1980

Geeta Kapur, 'Modern Painting since 1935', The Arts of India, Editor, Basil Gray, Phaidon, Oxford, 1981

G.M. Sheikh, New Contemporaries, Marg Publications, Bombay 1978

Geeta Kapur, Pictorial Space, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi, 1978

Roberta Naik, 'Vivan Sundaram', Design, Bombay August,1966

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