The Gallery Chemould Archive (Detail)

This image captures an installation by Vivan Sundaram as shown in the exhibition titled 'crossing generations: diVERGE.'

Excerpt from
crossing generations: diVERGE, Gallery Chemould, Mumbai, 2003, p 22:
Painted on the wall [are] the national spines of 150 file-boxes, with the name of the artists who have shown in the gallery. Arranged alphabetically, a colour code will designate the decade the artist was born in. Viewers may browse through the albums and refer to the proxy file boxes for a ready reckoning of names and dates.

In 2003, Gallery Chemould in Bombay commemorated its fortieth anniversary with an exhibition spanning four generations of Indian artists. The exhibition, titled 'crossing generations: diVERGE,' was co-curated by Geeta Kapur and Chaitanya Sambrani, with over 50 artists' artworks on display at the National Gallery of Modern Art in Bombay.

The curatorial note by Geeta Kapur and Chaitanya Sambrani states: 'diVERGE presents an adventure of crossings and sign-posts them to point in both, and in many, directions at once. It presents smooth and awkward crossovers on unevenly charted routes. We hope to configure artworks to explore what these new meanings might (and might-not, after all) be in what is undoubtedly a most volatile moment for Indian contemporary art.'

Participating Artists included Tyeb Mehta, S.H. Raza, V.S. Gaitonde, Bhupen Khakhar, Arpita Singh, Gulammohammed Sheikh, Jogen Chowdhury, Gieve Patel, Sudhir Patwardhan, Nasreen Mohamedi, Nilima Sheikh, V. Vishwanadhan, Prabhakar Barwe, Rummana Hussain, Pushpamala N., Navjot Altaf, Atul Dodiya, Anju Dodiya, Mehlli Gobhai, Shilpa Gupta, Subodh Gupta, N.S. Harsha, Ranbir Kaleka, Jitish Kallat, Reena Saini Kallat, Amar Kanwar, Bharti Kher, Sonia Khurana, Riyas Komu, Shakuntala Kulkarni, Shantanu Lodh, Kaushik Mukhopadhyay, Shibu Natesan, Priti Paul, Gargi Raina, N.N. Rimzon, Sharmila Samant, Tushar Joag, T.V. Santosh, Gigi Scaria, Ketaki Sheth, Sudarshan Shetty, Dayanita Singh, Vivan Sundaram, Surekha, L.N. Talllur, Vasudha Thozhur and Hema Upadhyay.

On the eve of the exhibition, The Perfect Frame, a book by Karin Zitzewitz, was released. The book documents Kekoo Gandhy's crossing of generations and his participation in the modern Indian art scene over the past four decades.

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Table with 12 velvet albums and electronic text-display board; Paint on the wall


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The Gallery Chemould Archive (Detail)