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The Rubin Research

Three artists come together to contemplate the rich history of Bengal while reimagining their own artistic processes. Curator Beth Citron narrates the works of Shezad Dawood, the Otolith Group, and Matti Braun to highlight each artist’s rich, research-based explorations.

A Lost Future: Shezad Dawood/The Otolith Group/Matti Braun is supported by Rasika and Girish Reddy, and by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. Additional support has been provided by Amita and Purnendu Chatterjee, Akhoury Foundation, and contributors to the 2018 Exhibitions Fund.


How did K.G. Subramanyan’s murals influence Matti Braun’s transformation of concrete?


In these pieces Matti Braun transforms traditional artistic techniques, challenging assumptions about how cultures converge.


Shezad Dawood’s complex sculptures depict long periods and individual moments from the life of Buddhist monk Ekai Kawaguchi.


The Otolith Group’s fascination with the university founded by Rabindranath Tagore merges past and present through the art of collage.


This ancient banyan tree shows how time stretches across decades and lifetimes, with the tree standing strong as it moves into the future.


Image Credits
Track 2: Untitled; Matti Braun; Germany; 2017; concrete, ironoxide pigments, varnished steel; 70.5 x 60.5 x 1.6 (cm); Courtesy of BQ, Berlin; L198.2.1
Track 3: Atol 9; Matti Braun; Germany; 2008; Batik on silk, wood; 51.7 x 42.8 x 3.5 cm; Private Collection
Track 4: Kalimpong (Ekai Kawaguchi); Shezad Dawood; United Kingdom; 2016; Bronze and concrete

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