Atul Dodiya was born in 1959 in Mumbai where he lives and works. One of the pioneers of contemporary Indian art, he builds bridges between the history of Indian and Western art. His references to popular culture, cinema and literature point to an underlying political analysis of the aspirations of the Indian middle class and the impact of globalisation on their traditions. Atul Dodiya uses a broad spectrum of media, from his early photo-realism to the works on metal shutters that sealed his international reputation.
Connecting Threads: Textiles in Contemorary Practice – group show
The exhibition attempts to trace textile practices, traditions and histories in Contemporary Indian Art. As a medium, textile has an intrinsic meaning and context.
Curated by Tasneem Zakaria Mehta & Puja Vaish
Participating Artists: Anita Dube, Anju Dodiya, Archana Hande, Desmond Lazaro, Lavanya Mani, Manish Nai, Manisha Parekh, Monali Meher, Nilima Sheikh, Paula Sengupta, Priya Ravish Mehra, Pushpamala N, Rakhi Peswani, Reena Saini Kallat, Shakuntala Kulkarni, Sharmila Samant, Shezad Dawood
DR. BHAU DAJI LAD MUSEUM, MUMBAI, INDIAFrom 02/12/2018 to 17/02/2019Website
Our Time for A Future Caring – Indian Pavillon – Biennale di Venezia
Atul Dodiya is part of the artist line-up for India Pavilion at 58th International Art Exhibition at La Biennale di Venezia 2019.
Our Time for a Future Caring features works by an intergenerational group of artists spanning from twentieth century to present day that either reflect directly on Gandhi and his place in history, focusing on specific moments and their resonances for contemporary audiences, or offer conceptual investigations into his philosophical ideas and broader notions of agency, action and freedom.
BIENNALE DI VENEZIA INDIAN PAVILLON, ARSENALE, VENICE, ITALYFrom 11/05/2019 to 24/11/2019Website
ATUL DODIYA, JITISH KALLAT, ASIM WAQIF – AFTER MIDNIGHT : Indian Modernism to Contemporary India, 1947/1997
Taking its title from the phrase “Midnight’s Children,” coined by Salman Rushdie in his seminal 1981 novel about India’s transition to independence, After Midnight: Indian Modernism to Contemporary India, 1947/1997 weaves themes of art and nation-building to reveal shifting zeitgeists in cultural production, and explores how these artistic practices regard and contest a geopolitical consciousness through modernization and globalization
Featured artists include: CAMP, Nikhil Chopra, Desire Machine Collective, Atul Dodiya, Anita Dube, V.S. Gaitonde, Sheela Gowda, Shilpa Gupta, Subodh Gupta, M.F. Husain, Tushar Joag, Jitish Kallat, Krishen Khanna, Ram Kumar, Tyeb Mehta, Akbar Padamsee, Prajakta Potnis, Sreshta Rit Premnath, Raqs Media Collective, S.H. Raza, Sharmila Samant, Mithu Sen, Dayanita Singh, F.N. Souza, Tallur L.N., Asim Waqif.
QUEENS MUSEUM, USAWebsite
ATUL DODIYA, 7000 Museums : a Project for the Republic of India, Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Mumbai City Museum
The exhibition 7000 Museums is a continuation of the Museum’s curatorial series ‘Engaging Tradition’ which encourages contemporary artists to engage with the Museum’s history and collection.
Through his watercolours and oil painting, exhibited in a dialogue with varied conceptual frameworks from the Museum’s collection, Atul Dodiya humorously adresses ideas of local cultural representation as well as the semantics of museums and museum displays. His works also reference historical events from the freedom struggle interrupted by moments of art history.
DR. BHAU DAJI LAD MUSEE DE LA VILLE DE MUMBAIWebsite
Experiments with Truth: Atul Dodiyaworks 1981-2013
From Novembre 15th to Decmeber 29th 2013
Curated by Ranjit Hoskote
The exhibition, Experiments with Truth: Atul Dodiya, Works 1981-2013, offers viewers an extensive survey of the career of one of India’s most significant contemporary artists. Curated by cultural theorist and poet Ranjit Hoskote, this exhibition brings together more than 80 works by Dodiya, spanning a versatile artistic practice that includes paintings in oil, acrylic and watercolour, mixed-media works, sculpture-installations, assemblages and photography.(…)
National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi, IndiaWebsite
ART BASEL HONG KONG 2013
Voyages Interieurs(Group show)
From April 18th to June 30th 2013
Voyages Intérieurs, 7ème accrochage de Maison Particulière, célèbre les deux ans d’existence du centre d’art.
A travers leurs regards, les collectionneurs témoignent de leurs passions.
En s’emparant du thème Voyages Intérieurs chaque collectionneur, à sa manière, a exprimé ses rêves, ses voyages, au sens propre comme au sens figuré. Chaque voyage est une expérience et chaque collection détient bien souvent de multiples voyages. (…)
Maison Particulière, Brussels, BelgiumWebsite
Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2012
From Decembre 12th 2012 to March 13th 2013
The Kochi-Muziris Biennale is an international exhibition of contemporary art being held in Kochi, Kerala.
The exhibition will be set in spaces across Kochi, Muziris and surrounding islands. There will be shows in existing galleries and halls, and site-specific installations in public spaces, heritage buildings and disused structures.
Indian and international artists will exhibit artworks across a variety of mediums including film, installation, painting, sculpture, new media and performance art. (…)
Kochi, Kerala, IndiaWebsite
India : Art Now(Group show)
From August 18th 2011 to January 13th 2013
In the autumn of 2012 ARKEN is devoting its whole special exhibition area to a comprehensive presentation of Indian contemporary art. (…)
ARKEN, Museum for Moderne Kunst, Ishøj, DanemarkWebsite