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Exhibiton of calligraphic works by the renowned Indian artist Mr. Satish Gupta, inspired by his haiku poetry, at Slovene Etnographic Museum

Posted on: March 24, 2017 | Back | Print

When you can flow,

there is no need

to build bridges.

Haiku, Saitsh Gupta

The exhibition consists of 20 calligraphic works on ​canvas scrolls and 10 calligraphic works on paper which will be created at the inauguration by the artist. The works are inspired by ​the artist's​ haiku poems. They were translated into Slovene by renowed Slovene author Evald Flisar.

Haikus by Satish Gupta are windows for meditation. They give an insight into his creative mind and life. They block the logical mind to let intuition take over in order to be free. He sweeps away the self created barriers which imprison us and sees life where there is no duality. To him each moment is a creative moment to be lived intensely in awareness.

​A versatile artist Satish Gupta is a painter, sculptor, poet, writer, printmaker, skilled craftsman, muralist, designer, calligrapher and ceramicist all in one.

Winning the Sanskriti award at an early stage in his career, his work, honed through a deep engagement with mysticism and Zen spirit, has been exhibited in more than 33 solo shows at important art galleries within the country and abroad including those in Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Calcutta, Dubai, Antananarivo, London, Paris, Altea, Murcia, Amsterdam, Vancouver, Ottawa, San Francisco, New York, Washington and Melbourne.

Satish created a 13 feet high Surva sculpture in copper for the Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi. A monumental five piece metal sculpture ranging in height from 8 feet to 22 feet weighting over 10000 kilograms and inspired by the five primal elements is located in the atrium at the Jindal Centre in New Delhi and the Ritz Carlton Hotel, Bengaluru. Satish's Utsav Murti of the Goddess Linga Bhairavi for Sadhuru ISHA's foundation in Coimbatore resides in the main temple and is often taken out in a procession on full moon nights and venerated. Satish was invited to create a lithograph as part of the oficial Beijing Olympic Portfolio as the only Indian artist, amongst other international artists – Sandro Chia, Janis Kounellis and Mimmo Paladino.

Known for its special meditative quality, Satish Gupta's art, that he creates working from his studio in Gurgaon on the outskirts of Delhi surrounded by a Zen garden of his own design, is held in important public and private collections including the National Gallery of Modern Art in New Delhi. The artist collaborated with Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, on a sculpturepainting (OM NAMO SHIVAYA) fort he charitable cause of educating underprivileged children for NGO Khushii, which was auctioned by Sotheby's.

The Satish Gupta: Haikus exhibition is hosted by Slovene Etnographic Museum on the initiative of Embassy of India in Slovenia and supported by Basu Foundation for the arts from India which encourages, promotes and supports innovative work, art and artist exchanges, education and mobility of artist in the field of the visual and performing arts.


Contact: Nina Zdravič Polič, Slovenski etnografski muzej, E: etnomuz@etno.muz.si, T: 01/3009 780