Jitish Kallat

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Jitheesh kallat at kochi muziris Biennale,2014

Jitish Kallat (born 1974) is one of India's most significant contemporary artists.[1] He currently lives and works in Mumbai, India.[2] His artistic oeuvre includes painting, photography, collage, sculptures, installations and multimedia works.[3] He was the artistic director of the second edition of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale, held in Fort Kochi in 2014.[4] He is currently represented by Chemould Prescott Road- Mumbai, Nature Morte -New Delhi, ARNDT - Berlin and Galerie Daniel Templon in France and Belgium. Kallat currently sits on the Board of Trustees of the India Foundation for the Arts.[5]

Early life[edit]

Jitish Kallat was born in 1974 in Mumbai, India.[2] In 1996 he received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in painting from the Sir Jamsetjee Jeejebhoy School of Art in Mumbai.[6] He is married to fellow artist Reena Saini Kallat.[7]


Kallat is known for working with a variety of media, including painting, large-scale sculpture installations, photography, and video art.[8] 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.[9] 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.[10]

Kallat's paintings address the problem of painting in an age dominated by mass media, writes art dealer and collector, Amrita Jhaveri, in A Guide to 101 Modern & Contemporary Indian Artists. "Using images from newspapers and magazines, advertising billboards, wallpaper and graffiti, his works are richly layered and replete with metaphor. Kallat has reinvented the painted surface to mimic the appearance of a television still or a computer monitor, complete with its surface striations and auras.[11]"

In 2007 Kallat was featured in the book, Made by Indians, a book on the Contemporary Indian art scene published by Enrico Navarra Galleries in Paris, and curated by Fabrice Bousteau, with photographs by Amanda Eliasch.[12]

In 2011 Kallat was shortlisted for The Skoda Prize 2012 for Indian Contemporary Art for his work Fieldnotes: Tomorrow was here yesterday (2011).[13]

Major Works[edit]

In 2010 the artist installed his large-scale LED installation, entitled Public Notice 3, at the Art Institute of Chicago.[14] This installation was Kallat's first major exhibition at a US institution.[15] 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.[15] The piece is now considered one of Kallat's most recognizable artworks.[16]

Solo Exhibitions[edit]

  • 2014 Epiogue, San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose
  • 2013 The Hour Of The Day Of The Month Of The Season, Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris
  • 2012 Chlorophyll Park, Nature Morte, New Delhi
  • 2012 Circa, The Ian Potter Museum, Melbourne
  • 2011 Stations of a Pause, Chemould Prescott Road, Mumbai
  • 2010 The Astronomy of Subway, Haunch of Venison, London
  • 2008 Aquasaurus, Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation
  • 2008 Skinside Outside, Arario, Seoul
  • 2008 Public Notice-2, Bodhi Art, Singapore
  • 2008 Universal Recipient, Haunch of Venison, Zurich
  • 2007 Sweatopia, Chemould Prescott Road Bodhi Art
  • 2007 Unclaimed Baggage, Albion, London
  • 2007 365 Lives, Arano, Beijing
  • 2007 Rickshawpolis-3, Gallery Barry Keldoulis, Sydney
  • 2006 Rickshawpolis-2, Spazio Piazzasempione, Milan
  • 2005 Rickshawpolis-1, Nature Morte, New Delhi
  • 2005 Panic Acid, Bodhi Art, Singapore
  • 2005 Humiliation Tax, Gallery Chemould, Mumbai
  • 2004 The Lie Of The Land, Walsh Gallery, Chicago
  • 2004 FAQ, Art Rotterdam, Holland
  • 2002 First Information Report, Bose Pacia, New York
  • 2001 Milk Route, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi
  • 2001 General Essential, Sakshi Gallery, Bangalore
  • 2000 Ibid, Gallery Chemould, Mumbai
  • 1999 Private limited I, Bose Pacia, New York
  • 1999 Private limited-II, Apparao Gallery, Chennai
  • 1998 Apostrophe, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi
  • 1997 P.T.O., Gallery Chemould, Mumbai
  • 1997 Prithvi Gallery, Mumbai

Group Exhibitions[edit]

  • 2014 Forms Of Activism, Lalit Kala Akademi Galleries, New Delhi
  • 2012 India: Lado A Lado, SESC Belezinho, Brazil
  • 2012 The Nerves Under Your Skin, Nature Morte, The Oberoi, Gurgaon
  • 2011 Maximum India, The Kennedy Centre, Washington DC [17]
  • 2010 Bring Me A Lion: An Exhibition of Contemporary Indian Art, The Hunt Gallery, Missouri
  • 2010 All That is Solid Melts Into Air: Indian Contemporary Art in Global Times, Lakereen Gallery, Mumbai
  • 2009 Indian Summer, Gallery Christian Hosp, Berlin
  • 2009 Architectonica, Gallery Nature Morte, New Delhi
  • 2009 India Contemporary, GEM, Museum of Contemporary Art, Hague
  • 2009 Life is A Stage, Institute of Contemporary Indian Art (ICIA), Mumbai
  • 2009 Inaugural Show, Sakshi Gallery, Taipei
  • 2009 Body Chatter: An Exhibition of Contemporary Indian Art, Walsh Gallery, Chicago
  • 2008 Indian Highway, Serpentine Gallery, London [18]
  • 2008 Die Tropen, Martin Gropius Bau, Berlin
  • 2008 Chalo India: A New Era of Indian Art, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo
  • 2008 GSK Contemporary, Royal Academy of Arts, London
  • 2008 3rd Guangzhou Triennal, Guangzhou, China
  • 2008 Pasage to India, Initial Access Frank Cohen Collection, Wolverhampton
  • 2006 The 5th Asia Pacific Tirennale of Contemporary Art, Queensland Art Gallery
  • 2006 Gallery of Modern Art Brisbane, Australia "Passages", Palais De Beaux Arts, Brussels
  • 2006 Lille 3000, Lille, France
  • 2006 The 6th Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju, Korea
  • 2006 Hungry God: Indian Contemporary Art, Arario Gallery, Beijing
  • 2006 The Busan Museum, Korea
  • 2006 L'Art a La Plage, Gallery Enrico Navarra, Ramatuelle, France
  • 2006 Another Worlds, Arario Gallery, Korea
  • 2005 Indian Summer, Ecole Nationale Suprieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris
  • 2005 The Artist Lives and Works in Baroda/Bombay/Calcutta/Mysore/Rotterdam/Trivandrum, House of World Culture, Berlin
  • 2005 1st Pocheon Asian Art Triennale, Pocheon, Korea
  • 2005 Paths of Progression, Singapore Tyler Print Institute, Singapore
  • 2005 Mom and Pop Art, Walsh Gallery, Chicago
  • 2005 The Armory Show, Nature Morte, New York
  • 2005 International Painting, Gallery GBK, Sydney
  • 2005 Kunst En Oorlod, Kunst en Cultuur Noord, Holland
  • 2004 The Sacrifice - An Intimate I, Collection of Henri Swagemakers, Museum De Beyerd, Holland
  • 2004 Contemporary Art from India, Thomas Erben Gallery, New York
  • 2004 Summer Show, Bose Pacia Gallery, New York
  • 2004 Art Chicago, Walsh Gallery, Chicago
  • 2004 Masala, William Benton Museum, University of Connecticut
  • 2004 Zoom! Art in Contemporary India, Culturgest Museum, Lisbon
  • 2003 SubTerrain: Artists Dig the Contemporary, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin
  • 2003 Drawing Conclusions, New York Arts Gallery, New York
  • 2003 Pictorial Transformations, National Art Gallery, Malaysia
  • 2003 Urban Graffiti, Woolff Gallery, London
  • 2003 Crossing Generations:Diverge, Gallery Chemould's, Mumbai
  • 2003 National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai
  • 2003 Indians & Cowboys, Gallery 4A, Sydney
  • 2003 The Tree from the Seed, Henie Onstad Kultursenter, Hovikodden, Norway
  • 2003 Arco 2003, Madrid, Spain
  • 2002 Under Construction, The Japan Foundation Asia Center, Tokyo
  • 2002 India- Contemporary Art from Northeastern Private Collection, Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, New Jersey
  • 2002 Singapore Art Fair, Singapore
  • 2002 Clicking into Place, Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai
  • 2001 Century City, Tate Modern, London [19]
  • 2001 Indian Painting, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
  • 2001 Indian Contemporary Fine Arts, Seven Degrees, California
  • 2000 Seventh Havana Biennial, Havana, Cuba
  • 2000 Kunstrai, International Art Fair, Amsterdam
  • 1999 Kunstrai, International Art Fair, Amsterdam
  • 1999 The First Fukuoka Asian Art Triennale, Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Japan
  • 1999 Nature Morte, New York
  • 1999 Mary Place Gallery, Sydney
  • 1998 Kunstrai, International Art Fair, Amsterdam
  • 1998 Art of the World 1998, Passage de Retz, Paris
  • 1998 Multi Media Art of 90's, CIMA Gallery, Calcutta
  • 1998 Jehangir Nicholson Collection, National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai
  • 1998 The Wilberding Collection, National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai
  • 1998 Indian Contemporary Art, The R.P.G. collection, Leverkusen and Monheim, Germany
  • 1997 Innenseite, Kassel, Germany
  • 1997 50 years of Art in Mumbai, National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai

Public Collections[edit]

Kallat's work can be found in a number of public institutions including National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi, India, Art Institute of Chicago, USA, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, USA, Singapore Art Museum, FAAM (Fukuoka Asian Art Museum), Japan, The Saatchi Gallery, London, UK, Initial Access Frank Cohen, Wolverhampton, UK, Vanhaerents Art Collection, Brussels, Belgium, Sigg Collection, Switzerland, Arario Gallery, Korea, Burger Collection, Hong Kong, Guy & Myriam Ullens Foundation, Geneva, Switzerland.


  1. ^ http://www.arndtberlin.com/website/artist_1066
  2. ^ a b "Artist's Profile - Jitish Killat", The Saatchi Gallery, Retrieved 16 September 2014.
  3. ^ http://www.artsome.co/Jitish_Kallat
  4. ^ http://kochimuzirisbiennale.org/jitish-kallat-is-the-curator-for-kochi-muziris-biennale-2014/
  5. ^ "Trustees Patrons Founder", India Institute for the Arts, Retrieved 16 September 2014.
  6. ^ "Jitish Kallat - Artist Bio", Aicon Gallery, Retrieved 16 September 2014.
  7. ^ Rangachari Shah, Gayatri. "Couples Fuel India's Vibrant Art Scene", The New York Times, Retrieved 16 September 2014.
  8. ^ "Arndt - Jitish Kallat", Arndt Gallery, Retrieved 16 September 2014.
  9. ^ Griffiths, Sarah. "Now that's a bone shaker', The Daily Mail, Retrieved 16 September 2014.
  10. ^ http://www.art-interview.com/Issue_015/interview_Kallat_Jitish.html
  11. ^ Page 118, A Guide to Modern & Contemporary Indian Artists, Amrita Jhaveri, India Book House, 2005, Mumbai, India, ISBN 81-7508-423-5
  12. ^ http://www.aaa.org.hk/Collection/Details/21302
  13. ^ "The Skoda Prize 2012", Skoda, Retrieved 16 September 2014.
  14. ^ "Public Notice 3", The Art Institute of Chicago, Retrieved 16 September 2014.
  15. ^ a b "Jitish Kallat: Public Notice 3", The Art Institute of Chicago, Retrieved 16 September 2014.
  16. ^ Uttam, Payal. "Jitish Kallat's Corridors of Suspicion", The Wall Street Journal Online, Retrieved 16 September 2014.
  17. ^ "Artists - maximum india", Kennedy Center, Retrieved 16 September 2014.
  18. ^ "Indian Highway", Serpentine Galleries, Retrieved 16 September 2014.
  19. ^ "Century City: Bombay-Mumbai 1992-2001", Tate Modern, Retrieved 16 September 2014.

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