Join Curator, Cultural Theorist and Jury Member of the 56th Venice Biennale, Ranjit Hoskote for a talk on the radically transformed role of the museum from treasure house of antiquities to forum for public urgencies. Hoskote will situate the museum in its exciting multiple histories and focus on the practices of three pathbreaking curators who dramatized the politics of the museum as a non-neutral space and as an interface between the art world and society. This will be followed by a conversation between Ranjit and Director General and Secretary, Board of Trustees, CSMVS, Sabyasachi Mukherjee, as they examine the future of the museum as a platform, as cultural infrastructure, and as a production system for new forms of art.
Ranjit Hoskote is a cultural theorist, curator and poet. He is the author of more than 25 books, including Vanishing Acts: New and Selected Poems 1985-2005 (Penguin, 2006) and Central Time (Penguin/ Viking, 2014), and the monographs Zinny & Maidagan: Compartment/ Das Abteil (Museum fur Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt/ Walther Konig, 2010) and Atul Dodiya (Prestel, 2014). Hoskote has translated the poetry of the 14th-century Kashmiri mystic Lal Ded as I, Lalla: The Poems of Lal Ded (Penguin Classics, 2011). With Nancy Adajania, he is co-author of The Dialogues Series (Popular, 2011), an unfolding programme of conversations with artists. With Maria Hlavajova, he is editor of Future Publics: A Critical Reader in Contemporary Art (BAK, 2015). Since 1993, he has curated more than 30 exhibitions of contemporary art, including two monographic surveys of Atul Dodiya (Bombay: Labyrinth/ Laboratory, Japan Foundation, Tokyo, 2001; and Experiments with Truth: Atul Dodiya, Works 1981-2013, National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi, 2013), a lifetime retrospective of Jehangir Sabavala (National Gallery of Modern Art, Bombay and New Delhi, 2005-2006), a historical survey of Indian abstraction, Nothing is Absolute (with Mehlli Gobhai; CSMVS/ The Prince of Wales Museum, Bombay, 2013), a survey of 150 years of art by Parsi artists, No Parsi is an Island (with Nancy Adajania; National Gallery of Modern Art, Bombay, 2013-2014), and Unpacking the Studio: Celebrating the Jehangir Sabavala Bequest (CSMVS/ The Prince of Wales Museum, Bombay, 2015). Hoskote co-curated the 7th Gwangju Biennale (2008). He was curator of India’s first-ever national pavilion at the Venice Biennale (2011), and a Jury Member of the 56th Venice Biennale (2015).Read more