NEW DELHI, India – From Jan. 28 to March 29, a major retrospective of Gérard Garouste’s work will be held at the National Gallery of Modern Art. The survey exhibition will feature around 60 paintings covering 40 years of artistic creation, from 1980 to 2019. It is the biggest exhibition of the French artist’s work outside Europe.
A broad study of Garouste’s work, the exhibition covers several series: le Classicist and the Apache, les Indiennes, Dante (Divine Comedy), Rabelais (la Dive Bacbuc), Cervantes (Don Quixotte), Portraits, Goethe (Faust), Diana and Actaeon, the Bible and the Talmud.
Under the patronage of the Ministry of Culture, the Institut Français and with the support of private patrons, this exhibition will allow the public to discover a complex work that combines Christian and Hebrew cultures, myths and legends.
This important cultural event will be curated by Jean-Jacques Aillagon, who previously held the positions of president of the Centre Pompidou in Paris, Minister of Culture and Communication, and former President of Versailles.
On the occasion of this exhibition, a 224-page monograph will be published featuring all of the works on display. It will include two new texts by Jean-Jacques Aillagon and Indian poet and art critic Ranjit Hoskote. It will also feature an interview of the artist by art historian Hortense Lyon and several excerpts from older texts, including those by Marc Augé, Olivier Kaeppelin, Marc-Alain Ouaknin and Daniel Sibony.
Before entering Galerie Templon in 2002, Garouste was represented by Leo Castelli in New York and by Rudolf Zwirner in Cologne in the 1980s. He exhibited at the Durand-Dessert gallery in Paris from 1980 to 2001. The Museum National d’Art Moderne de Paris – Centre Georges Pompidou organized its first exhibition in 1988. Two retrospectives have been previously dedicated to him: in 2009 at the Villa Medici in Rome and then in 2015 at the Maeght Foundation in Saint-Paul-de-Vence. In December 2017, he was elected to be part of the Academy of Fine Arts in Paris. In January 2020, he will receive the Scopus Prize, awarded by the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. In September 2022, the National Museum of Modern Art in Paris – Centre Georges Pompidou will dedicate a new and important retrospective to his work.