Jitish Kallat

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Jitheesh kallat at kochi muziris Biennale,2014

Jitish Kallat (born 1974) is a contemporary Indian artist. He currently lives and works in Mumbai, India.[1]

Early life[edit]

Jitish Kallat was born in 1974 in Mumbai, India.[1] In 1996 he received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in painting from the Sir Jamsetjee Jeejebhoy School of Art in Mumbai.[2] He is married to fellow artist Reena Saini Kallat.[3]


Kallat is known for working with a variety of media, including painting, large-scale sculpture installations, photography, and video art.[4] He employs a bold and vivid visual language that references both Asian and European artistic traditions, along with popular advertising imagery that fuels urban consumerism. Kallat regularly exploits images and materials chanced upon around Mumbai's sprawling metropolis, affording his works an inherent spontaneity and a handcrafted aesthetic. For instance, in 2014 the artist unveiled a series of large-scale sculptures made out of resin that were inspired by the urban environment of Mumbai.[5] He unites these various media through themes that endure within Kallat's work, such as the relationship between the individual and the masses. He references his own personal experiences and those of Mumbai's other inhabitants. His work speaks of both the self and the collective, fluctuating between intimacy and monumentality, and characterized by contrasting themes of pain, hope and survival.[6]

In 2010 the artist installed his large-scale LED installation, entitled Public Notice 3, at the Art Institute of Chicago.[7] This installation was Kallat's first major exhibition at a US institution.[8] The artwork links two disparate yet connected historical events, the First World Parliaments of Religions, held in September 1893, and the much later terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, in September 2001.[8] The piece is now considered one of Kallat's most recognizable artworks.[9] In 2007 Kallat is featured in the book, Made by Indians, a book on the Indian contemporary art scene2014 published by the Enrico Navarra Galleries in Paris, and curated by Fabrice Bousteau with photographs by Amanda Eliasch.[10]

In 2013 it was announced that Kallat would be the curator for the 2nd edition of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale, to take place in December 2014.[11]

Select Solo Exhibitions[edit]

Select Group Exhibitions[edit]

Public Collections[edit]

Kallat's work can be found in a number of public institutions, including:


Kallat is currently represented by Chemould Prescott Road- Mumbai, Nature Morte -New Delhi, ARNDT - Berlin and Galerie Daniel Templon in France and Belgium.


In 2011 Kallat was shortlisted for The Skoda Prize 2012 for Indian Contemporary Art for his work Fieldnotes: Tomorrow was here yesterday (2011).[17]

Kallat currently sits on the Board of Trustees of the India Foundation for the Arts.[18]


  1. ^ a b c d "Artist's Profile - Jitish Killat", The Saatchi Gallery, Retrieved 16 September 2014.
  2. ^ "Jitish Kallat - Artist Bio", Aicon Gallery, Retrieved 16 September 2014.
  3. ^ Rangachari Shah, Gayatri. "Couples Fuel India's Vibrant Art Scene", The New York Times, Retrieved 16 September 2014.
  4. ^ "Arndt - Jitish Kallat", Arndt Gallery, Retrieved 16 September 2014.
  5. ^ Griffiths, Sarah. "Now that's a bone shaker', The Daily Mail, Retrieved 16 September 2014.
  6. ^ http://www.art-interview.com/Issue_015/interview_Kallat_Jitish.html
  7. ^ "Public Notice 3", The Art Institute of Chicago, Retrieved 16 September 2014.
  8. ^ a b c "Jitish Kallat: Public Notice 3", The Art Institute of Chicago, Retrieved 16 September 2014.
  9. ^ Uttam, Payal. "Jitish Kallat's Corridors of Suspicion", The Wall Street Journal Online, Retrieved 16 September 2014.
  10. ^ http://www.aaa.org.hk/Collection/Details/21302
  11. ^ "Jitish Kallat is the curator for Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2014", Kochi-Muziris Biennale, Retrieved 16 September 2014.
  12. ^ "Artists - maximum india", Kennedy Center, Retrieved 16 September 2014.
  13. ^ "Indian Highway", Serpentine Galleries, Retrieved 16 September 2014.
  14. ^ "Century City: Bombay-Mumbai 1992-2001", Tate Modern, Retrieved 16 September 2014.
  15. ^ "MOCA Permanent Collection", LA MoCA, Retrieved 16 September 2014.
  16. ^ [1], National Gallery of Modern Art, Retrieved 16 September 2014.
  17. ^ "The Skoda Prize 2012", Skoda, Retrieved 16 September 2014.
  18. ^ "Trustees Patrons Founder", India Institute for the Arts, Retrieved 16 September 2014.

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