Art critic and Asian art specialist Holland Cotter wrote in his review of the exhibition for the New York Times, how Mithu Sen’s installation MOU (Museum of Unbelongings) II connects both the ‘sensuous and sacred’. In 2016, a version of MOU (Museum of Unbelongings) was also shown at the ‘Unlimited’ section of Art Basel, curated by Gianni Jetzer.
With the donation of MOU (Museum of Unbelongings), 2018 by Durjoy Bangladesh foundation to the Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, audiences in Germany will have an archive of impermanence that can be activated each time it is exhibited.
Mithu Sen was born 1971 in West Bengal and lives and works in New Delhi, India. Mithu Sen obtained her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in painting from the Kala Bhavan visual arts institute and fine arts faculty of the Visva-Bharati University in Shantiniketan, West Bengal, established by Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore. After receiving the prestigious Charles Wallace India Trust Award in 2000, she completed the post-graduate program at the Glasgow School of Art, United Kingdom, in 2001. Mithu Sen is well known for her paintings, drawings, installation and performance work, often juxtaposing semiotic principles in art.For further information, visit: mithusen.com
Durjoy Bangladesh is a non-profit foundation dedicated to promoting art from South Asia and beyond. We support the ambitions of artists and art practitioners who see the world differently and who generate new ways of shaping our world and our future. Founded in 2018, Durjoy Bangladesh promotes artistic research and engagement. Durjoy Bangladesh foundation supports artists in creating new artworks, and artists and art practitioners to engage in relevant collections, exhibitions, publications and residencies worldwide. With offices in Dhaka and Berlin, Durjoy Bangladesh offers a conduit to connect art and artists between Asia, Europe, and beyond.
The Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg is a privately-sponsored museum supported by the non-profit Kunststiftung Volkswagen. The Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg was founded in 1994 with the support of funding provided by Volkswagen, the city of Wolfsburg and private donors. Since 1994, the Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg has been collecting international contemporary art. A solid foundation was laid with key works from the field of Minimal Art, Conceptual Art and Arte Povera. Works by a younger generation of artists were subsequently added. For further information, visit: www.kunstmuseum-wolfsburg.de
‘Facing India’ opened on 29 April and will run until 7 October 2018 at the Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg. ‘Facing India’ examines the question of how one’s own national history, present, and future is manifested though the works by six, female artists: Vibha Galhotra, Bharti Kher, Prajakta Potnis, Reena Saini Kallat, Mithu Sen, and Tejal Shah. They shift attention towards historical and contemporary conflicts. ‘Facing India’ was developed out of a continuing dialog with the artists and reflects a kind of collective plea for communication and the notion of unity in diversity beyond pigeonhole thinking and caste mentality. The exhibition architecture also incorporates these ideas. Each of the six artists has her own separate exhibition space, which are arranged to provide clear visual relations to each other. The center of the exhibition is an open communication forum, which allows the visitor a view in all directions — both literally and metaphorically.