Madhvi Subrahmanian


Smoke-fired earthen ware, 177 x 17 x 7 cm, 2012


Smoke-fired earthen ware, 138 x 13 x 13 cm, 2012



Madhvi Subrahmanian, artist, curator and writer lives and works in Singapore, frequently showing in her city of birth- Mumbai. Madhvi’s practice has been inspired, defined and transformed by her migratory life and the opportunities and challenges of her constant relocations. While most of her forms, like seed pods or anthills, echo her migratory existence, her recent works such as Forest of Shadows or Connect/Disconnect, explore the fluidity and interconnectedness of nature and urban culture. Her installations are often made up of multiples and tend to be immersive and experiential in nature. Madhvi investigates different perspectives in her works evoking both collective and personal memories.

Madhvi has exhibited widely in solo and group shows in museums both locally and internationally. She has participated in several biennales and triennials such as the Indian Ceramic Triennale, Jaipur, India (2018), The First Central China Ceramic Biennale, at Henan Museum (2016), and 3rd Contemporary Jakarta Biennale, Jakarta, Indonesia (2014).

Madhvi’s other notable recent exhibitions include her solo show Mapping Memory at Chemould Prescott Road Gallery (2017), Ode to the Unknown, installation commissioned and acquired by the Indian Heritage Centre, Singapore (2017). Tree of Life, Ayala Museum, Philippines (2016). Her sculptures and installations can be seen in several private and public collections such as the Mumbai Domestic Airport, India, Shigaraki Ceramic Sculptural Park, Japan, and Fule museum in Fuping, China.

Madhvi has been awarded several grants such as the Charles Wallace and the India Foundation of the Arts. Madhvi is an elected member of the International Academy of Ceramics in Geneva, a UNESCO affiliated organization, ArtAxis an international professional organisation based in the U.S and Singapore Sculpture Society. Madhvi has been an artist in residence in Japan, China, Korea, India, Thailand and U.S. She has also curated residencies, symposiums, exhibitions and is on the curatorial and organizing team of the Indian Ceramic Triennale. She is an active contributor to the Indian and Singaporean contemporary ceramic scene.

Madhvi’s works have been published in international magazines such as Ceramic Art and Perception, Ceramic Review and books such as Contemporary Ceramics by Emmanuel Cooper as well as on the cover of Art India, the premier art journal in India. Madhvi will be part of the upcoming Gyeonggi International Ceramic Biennale 2019 (GICB2019) Korea. She shows with Gallery Chemould Prescott Road in Mumbai.


Selected Solo Exhibitions

2017 Mapping memory, Gallery Chemould, Mumbai
Ode to the Unknown, Special commissioned project for India Heritage Centre, Singapore

2012 Absorbing Japan, Japan Creative Center, Singapore 2011
<Connections>, Indigo Blue Art Gallery, Singapore (catalogue)

2010 Organic/Abstract, Lacoste Gallery, Concord, MA, USA

2010 Organic/Abstract, Chemould Prescott Road Mumbai, India (catalogue)

Selected two person and group Exhibitions

2019 From Lost Roots to Urban Meadows, The Private museum, Singapore
Gyeonggi International Ceramic Beinnale, Icheon, South Korea

2018 Breaking Ground, Indian Ceramic Triennale, Jawahar kala Kendra, Jaipur
Architectural Digest fair, represented by Chemould Prescott Road, Mumbai.
International Academy of Ceramics show, Yingee Ceramic Museum, Taipei, Taiwan
Modus Operandi, Chemould Prescott Road, Mumbai
Printing, Drawings Ceramics, Art Motif Gallery, New Delhi
Special Projects Booth, Chemould Prescott Road, India Art fair, New Delhi

2017 From the Ocean to the Silver City, Australian High Commission, Singapore
Here Be Dragons and Other Coded landscapes, Curated by Meera Menezes, Sakshi gallery, Mumbai

2016 Cont(r)act Earth, First Central Ceramic Biennale, Henan Museum, Zhengzhou, China
Tree of Life, Ayala Museum, Manila, Philippines.
Across the Table, Across the Land, NCECA, Kansas City.
Ceramic View: international exhibition at National Gallery Bangkok

2015 Chawan International Exhibition, Belgium
Unfolding Perspective, The Deck, Singapore
6 x 6, A collaborative show between Indian and Australian artists, Public Library, Australia Triennale, Canberra, Australia
An Artist Inspired Space, for Playeum at Affordable Art Fair Singapore.
SingaPlural : Celebrating Design, Singapore
Indo- Korean Center, Chennai, India
A collaborative installation -Raindrops with Playeum, Gillman Barracks, Singapore

2014 India Art Fair, New Delhi, India
Singapore-Taiwan Shoe Box Sculpture, Singapore
Chawan International Exhibition, Singapore 2014
Bridges, Stainless gallery, New Delhi, India
3rdJakarta Contemporary Ceramic Beinnale, Jakarta, Indonesia (catalogue)
8thNaori Eco- Art Festival, South Korea

2013 India Ceramic Museum, FuLe International Ceramic Museum, Fuping, China
The Black Frame Project, Indigo Blue Art Gallery, Singapore
The Bucket Show Forum Art Gallery, Chennai, India
Traditions Evolving, NCECA 2013 Houston TX, USA
4thASNA triennale, Karachi, Pakistan

2017 Ode to the Unknown, Indian Heritage Center, Singapore
Public Art installation of Bellyhives at Dhoby Ghaut Green, Singapore
Public Art Installation for Nparks Night festival Dhoby ghaut Green, Singapore

2016 Art Ichol, sculpture garden, Ichol, Madhya Pradesh, India

2015 St Regis Hotel, Maldives, Wall installations in 18 villas
Cocoon and Tree housesat Villa Shanti, Ubud, Bali

2014 Ahead, installation part of Drive Public art project at Gillman Barracks
Threesome, a sculptural bench Dhoby Ghaut, Singapore, Singapore Furniture Ass

2013 India Ceramic Museum, Fule international Ceramic Museum, Fuping, China

2012 Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park, Shigaraki, Japan
JSW Foundation, Karnataka, India

2011 Mumbai Airport Authority, Domestic Terminal

2002 Public art-contemporary ceramics in collaboration- temporary interactive installation consisted of 4 large rotational columns set on the pavement outside the National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai, India.

2018 Curatorial team for the first India Ceramic Triennale, Breaking Ground at Jawahar Kala Kendra inJaipur.

2016 Curator of residency at Art Ichol: Explporation, Experimentation and Examination 7 artists from 7 countries, Ichol/Maihar, Madhya Pradesh, India

2013 Curator of Traditions Evolving: Golden Bridge Pottery and Indian Contemporary
Ceramics exhibition as part of Concurrent show in NCECA Houston, TX

2018 Presentation at the 48thGeneral assembly and congress at the International Academy of Ceramics, Taipei, Taiwan
Presentation and workshop at Greenwich House Pottery, Soho , New York, USA
Word and the Image in Art and Society Conference, Asian Civilization Museum, Singapore

2017 Presentation on Ode to the Unknown at Indian Heritage Center, Singapore

2016 Artist Talk at Henan Museum, Zhengzhou, China
Lecture and workshop at San Diego State University
Talk at Ceramic View conference in Bangkok, Thailand.
Lecture at Greenwich House Pottery, NYC, USA
Presentations at symposium, Exploration, Experimentation and Examination, Habitat Center, New Delhi, organized by Madhvi Subrahmanian

2015 Tradition and Transition lecture at Austrailian Triennale, Canberra, Australia

2014 Lecture: At the Jakarta Contemporary Ceramic Beinnale symposium
Lecture:Indian Contemporary Ceramicsfor Chawan international expo,
Lecture: Ceramics and Community In the Indian Context, Post Museum, CCA,
Gillman Barracks, Singapore
Lecture Traditions and Transitions, talk on ceramics in India from traditional to contemporary at the Asian Civilization Museum Singapore.

2013 Talk By Artists, Presentation at Gyeonggi International Ceramic biennale, Icheon, Korea


They remember those who do not speak: Madhvi Subrahmanian’s recent ceramic works

Mapping Memories: Madhvi Subrahmanian article22519627.ece
Ceramics Ireland Issue 40, 2017, Mapping Memory
Cover of Art India Magazine, volume XIX issue IV Quarter IV 2015
Figures of Thoughts, Objects of Experience by Priya Maholay Jaradi, Art India Magazine, 2015
Paper Clay Art and Practice by Rosette Gault Univ of Penn press, PA USA 2013
Revista Ceramica: Madhvi Subrahmanian: La Nueva ceramic de la India, Antonio Vivas issue 126 ,2012, pg 85 (international)
Ceramics Art and Perception: Visible Roads Invisible Bridges, Issue 83, 2011(International)
Ne, Ceramics: A Homecoming Residency, September/October 2010 (Int/Germany)
Art India, The Next Journey, review by Sharbani Dasgupta, June 2010 (Int/India)
Contemporary Ceramics by Cooper Emmanuel. Published by Thames and Hudson, 09
Smoke Firing-Contemporary Artists and Approaches, Jane Perryman, published by A&C Black, England 2009