Private/Corporate IV is the fourth in a series of exhibitions, which was initiated in 2002, and in which the Mercedes-Benz Art Collection presents itself in a dialogue with an international private collection once a year. Since 2002, cooperation has always revolved around a focusing on what is characteristic for both the private collector invited and the development of the Mercedes-Benz Art Collection: conceptual trends and international contemporary positions of “reduced art” (dialogue with Paul Maenz, Berlin, 2002), minimal and post-minimal art (dialogue with Ileana Sonnabend, New York, 2003), German positions in the borderland of abstraction, figuration and minimalism (dialogue with Heliod Spiekermann, Düsseldorf, 2005).
Anupam Poddar (*1974), the dialogue partner for Private/Corporate IV, ranks among the most significant art collectors in India. The extensive collection was initiated by his mother, Lekha Poddar. The rather small number of significant private collections in India have one thing in common, namely that they have concentrated exclusively on national art to date. Against this background, the collection of Anupam Poddar differs in that it reflects a cross-discipline interest, comprising pictures, objects, sculptures, installations, photography and video art, while at the same time integrating selected representatives of Indian folk art.
Poddar comes from a family of industrialists who own, among other things, the Sirpur Paper Mills in the south of India. Poddar himself runs the award-winning Devi Garh hotel in Rajasthan. The exhibition comprises over 60 works by some 30 artists, most of them from India, from the collections of Anupam Poddar and Mercedes-Benz.
From the Poddar Collection: Jyothi Basu, Sheba Chhachhi, Krishnaraj Chonat, Atul Dodiya, Anita Dube, Probir Gupta, Shilpa Gupta, Subodh Gupta, N.S. Harsha, Anant Joshi, Bharti Kher, Pushpamala N., T.S. Nagarajan, Jagannath Panda, Ravinder Reddy, T.V. Santosh, Mithu Sen, Dayanita Singh (all IND)