Deck of Cards | Taash ke Patte

About the exhibition: 


Two packs of playing cards, 110 artists, 2 countries, 40 years! The intriguing new blockbuster exhibition at the British Council in Delhi, Deck of Cards | Taash ke Patte embraces all this and throws open the playing field for art lovers, artists and those who like to play games. 

In 1976, fifty-four leading British artists were sent a playing card by post by a London gallery and asked to make a single artwork. They could choose any medium and the interpretation of the given playing card was in their hands. The exhibition was a huge success and gained momentum. At the opening of the show, a leading light in the London art world bought the entire collection and what resulted was an extraordinary body of work that was toured to over 22 countries by the British Council. The success of the show resulted in a physical pack of very artful, playing cards, which are still sold at major art institutions worldwide.

On the 40th anniversary of the first showing of The Deck of Cards in London, the British Council in conjunction with Art 18/21 is delighted to bring the original artworks from the 1976 exhibition to The Gallery, in New Delhi. In a playful twist the curator Laura Williams has pulled together an impressive line-up of India’s leading and emerging contemporary artists from a wide sphere of artistic practice and has made a new Indian collection, Taash ke Patte. 

Come and see if you can spot which piece has been made by Krishen Khanna, Anjolie Ela Menon or Gigi Scaria. Would you recognise the practice of K G Subrahmanyan, Gulam Mohammed Sheikh or Arpita Singh? Is it as obvious as you may think? The only way to find out is to come and play the game with us.


The exhibition is on view till 15 May, 2016.


Curator: Laura Williams