Time Present: International Photography from the Deutsche Bank Collection in Mumbai

After its successful premiere at the Singapore Art MuseumTime Present - Photography from the Deutsche Bank Collection can now be seen at the der National Gallery of Modern Art in Mumbai. Encompassing some 60 works, the exhibition, which will travel to museums across Asia, shows for the first time the wide spectrum of international contemporary photography that Deutsche Bank has collected in the course of three decades.The spectrum ranges from classics such as Bernd and Hilla Becher or Hiroshi Sugimoto to current art photography from the Middle East, Africa, and China.

Time Present illustrates the transformation photography has undergone in contemporary art since the 1970s. The exhibition examines various formal, conceptual, and performative approaches photographers have taken to expand the artistic medium. On view are works that investigate the relationship between photography and time in myriad ways. In four sections, the show brings together works that document the development of the collection and at the same time touch on fundamental issues of photography.
 
The exhibition documents how the focus of the Deutsche Bank Collection has widened since the late 1990s from German photographers, including Andreas Gursky, Candida Höfer, and Thomas Ruff, to photo artists from Eastern Europe, Asia, Africa, and South America. In addition to proponents of the Düsseldorf School, artists such as Gerhard Richter and Sigmar Polke, as well as U.S. photographers like Philip-Lorca di Corcia, positions that are devoted to migration, technological change, feminism, and urbanity comprise a focal point of the show. They are joined by women artists such as Dayanita Singh (India), Yto Barrada (Morocco), and Cao Fei (China).

In Mumbai Time Present opens during the FOCUS Photography Festival. Founded in 2013, the  initiative aims to give artists from both India and abroad a platform to present their works to as many people as possible. FOCUS extends out of the gallery space and onto the walls, shops and cafes of Mumbai as well into the very streets of the multicultural metropolis.

The exhibition is accompanied by a comprehensive event programme. More information can be found here.


Time Present
Contemporary Photography from the Deutsche Bank Collection
National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai
March 21, - May10, 2015