Artist Profile

Vivan Sundaram

Born 1943 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

  • 1999
  • 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
  • 1998
  • '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
  • 1997
  • '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
  • 1996
  • '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
  • 1995
  • '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
  • 1994
  • '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
  • 1993
  • '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
  • 1992
  • '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
  • 1991
  • 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
  • 1990
  • '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
  • 1989
  • '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
  • 1988
  • 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
  • 1987
  • The Second Biennale, Havana. Illustrated catalogue
  • 'Coups de Coeur', Halle Sud, Geneve, Illustrated catalogue
  • Help Age Auction, Christies, Taj Hotel, Bombay Illustrated catalogue
  • 1986
    Asian Art Show, Seoul. Illustrated catalogue
  • The Second Asian Art Show, Fukuoka Museum. Illustrated catalogue
  • 1984
  • The Fifeteenth International Art Exhibition, Tokyo Biennale. Illustrated catalogue
  • 1982
  • '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
  • 1981
    '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
  • 1978
  • 'Six who declined to show in the Triennale', Kumar Gallery Delhi. Illustrated catalogue
  • 1977
  • 'Pictorial Space', curator: Geeta Kapur, for Lalit Kala Akademi, Rabindra Bhavan, New Delhi. Illustrated catalogue
  • 1974
  • 'Group Exhibition' Rabindra Bhavan, New Delhi
  • 'Indian Painting and Graphics', Poland, curator : Keshav Mallik. Illustrated catalogue
  • 1968
  • 'Young Contemporaries', Royal Academy of Arts, London
  • 1967
  • 'Contemporary Indian Art of India and Iran', Ben and Abby Grey Foundation, New York. Catalogue
  • Graphic Prints from Slade School, Clare College, Cambridge, UK
  • 1965
  • 'Five Painters', curator: Mansaram, Taj Art Gallery Bombay