Jitish Kallat

Born 1974 in Mumbai, India
Lives and works in Mumbai, India

Jitish Kallat is one of the most prominent figures of Contemporary Indian Art. Working across a variety of media including painting, sculpture, photography and installation, his work reflects a deep involvement with the city of his birth (Mumbai) and derives much of its visual language from his immediate urban environment. His subject matter has been described previously as 'the dirty, old, recycled and patched-together fabric of urban India'. Wider concerns include India's attempts to negotiate its entry into a globalised economy, addressing housing and transportation crises, city planning, caste and communal tensions, and government accountability.
Many of Kallat's works focus on Mumbai's downtrodden or dispossessed inhabitants, though treating them in a bold, colourful and highly graphic manner. Kallat traditionally mounts his paintings on bronze sculptures that are re-created from the wall adornments found on the 120-year-old Victoria Terminus train station in the centre of Mumbai.

“The city street is my university. One finds all the themes of life and art – pain, happiness, anger, violence and compassion – played out here in full volume. Scale is merely one of the many tools one can deploy in the creation of meaning, and decisions such as big, small, lifesize, etc., are as much acts of meaning creation as they may be retinal or aesthetic considerations.”
Jitish Kallat, quoted in The Asian Art Newspaper, February 2010
Interviewer: Rajesh Punj

CV
Jitish Kallat was appointed curator for the Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2014.
Kallat participated in all major shows about Indian art: "India: Art Now" at the Arken Museum, Ishoj, Denmark (2012-13); "Public Notice 3" at the Art Institute of Chicago (2010-2011); "Indian Highway IV" at MAXXI, Rome, Italy (2012) and at Musée d'art contemporain de Lyon, Lyon, France (2011); "The Empire Strikes Back: Indian Art Today" at Saatchi Gallery, London, UK (2010); "Chalo! India: A New Era of Indian Art" at Essl Museum – Contemporary Art, Klosterneuburg, Austria and at Mori Art Museum, Tokyo (both 2009), as well as "Indian Highway" at the Serpentine Gallery, London, UK (2008-09); "Die Tropen. Ansichten von der Mitte der Weltkugel" at Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin, Germany (2008); "Urban Manners" at Hangar Bicocca, Milan, Italy (2007) and "Century City" at Tate Modern, London, UK (2001).
Solo presentations include "Circa" at the Ian Potter Museum of Art, Melbourne, Australia (2012); "Fieldnotes: Tomorrow was here Yesterday" at the Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Mumbai, India (2011); "Likewise" at Arndt, Berlin, Germany (2010); "The Astronomy of the Subway" at Haunch of Venison, London, UK (2010); "Aquasaurus" at the Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, Paddington, Australia (2008) and "Lonely Facts" at the Kunsthalle Luckenwalde, Luckenwalde, Germany (1998).

SELECTED COLLECTIONS
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.
 

EXHIBITIONS:
Jitish Kallat
LIKEWISE
Solo exhibition at ARNDT

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Installation view at Art Stage Singapore 2014, Jitisch Kallat, Circadian Rhyme-4, 2012-13, paint, resin, aluminum, steel, 24 figurines (each approx. 30 to 38 cm high), plinth dimension (91 cm x 38 cm x 457 cm), 91 x 457 x 38 cm | 35.83 x 179.92 x 14.96 in, # JKAL0073 Installation view at Art Stage Singapore 2014, Jitisch Kallat, Circadian Rhyme-4, 2012-13, paint, resin, aluminum, steel, 24 figurines (each approx. 30 to 38 cm high), plinth dimension (91 cm x 38 cm x 457 cm), 91 x 457 x 38 cm | 35.83 x 179.92 x 14.96 in, # JKAL0073
Feb 13, 2011

JITISH KALLAT - group show “Indian Highway IV” at musée d’art contemporain de Lyon

Jitish Kallat, Baggage Claim, 2010, acrylic on Canvas, bronze, triptych overall dimension 243,8 x 518,2 cm | 95.98 x 204.02 in, # JKAL0025 Jitish Kallat, Baggage Claim, 2010, acrylic on Canvas, bronze, triptych overall dimension 243,8 x 518,2 cm | 95.98 x 204.02 in, # JKAL0025

The two triptychs ‘Baggage Claim, 2010 (243,8 x 518,2 cm) and ‘Baggage Claim, 2010 (243,8 x 518,2 cm)’ by JITISH KALLAT from our show „Likewise“ will be included in the exhibition “Indian Highway IV” at the Musée d’Art Contemporain de Lyon from 24 February until 31 July.

Jul 20, 2010

Jitish Kallat's Public Notice 3 im The Art Institute Chicago

Jitish Kallat, Public Notice 3, 2010, LED lights, site-specific installation at im The Art Institute Chicago Jitish Kallat, Public Notice 3, 2010, LED lights, site-specific installation at im The Art Institute Chicago

11 September 2010 to 02 January 2011
In the first major presentation in an American museum of Jitish Kallat’s work, the contemporary Indian artist is preparing a site-specific installation that connects two key historical moments – the First World Parliament of Religions held on September 11, 1893 in Chicago, and the terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on that very date, 108 years later. The resulting work, Public Notice 3, creates a trenchant commentary on the evolution, or devolution, of religious tolerance across the 20th and 21st centuries.

Jun 19, 2010

Jitish Kallat's "Untitled (When will you be happy)" at Skulptur i Pilane in Tjorn, Sweden

Jitish Kallat, Untitled (When will you be happy), 2010, resin, steel, 200 feet, Skulptur i Pilane in Tjorn, Sweden Jitish Kallat, Untitled (When will you be happy), 2010, resin, steel, 200 feet, Skulptur i Pilane in Tjorn, Sweden

Kallat's 100 foot long sculpture 'Untitled (When will you be happy)’ is installed at Pilane’s ancient burial grounds and consists of eighteen alphabets, shaped like bones, that appear to be reminiscent of unearthed relics or prehistoric skeletal remains of an extinct animal found during an archeological excavation. The bone and the re-fashioning of the skeletal structure have recurred through Kallat’s sculptural practice over the years. The exhibition is on until 3rd October, 2010.
 

Exhibitions

ARNDT is delighted to present the solo show LIKEWISE by the artist Jitish Kallat from 06 October to 04 December 2010.
Jitish Kallat’s exhibition - with its grotesque-surreal and ironic imagery - incorporating video, sculpture, photography and large format paintings, captures the psychological strains of the mega-metropolis and evoke the themes of survival and sustenance that consistently recur through his practice. 
 
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Baggage Claim, 2010, Triptych, Acrylic on canvas, bronze, 243,8 x 518,2 cm | 95.98 x 204.02 in, # JKAL0025 Baggage Claim, 2010, Triptych, Acrylic on canvas, bronze, 243,8 x 518,2 cm | 95.98 x 204.02 in, # JKAL0025

'Public Notice 3' by Jitish Kallat

 

Edited by Madhuvanti Ghose; With essays by Madhuvanti Ghose and Shaheen Merali and contributions by Homi K. Bhabha, James Cuno, Jitish Kallat, Geeta Kapur, James Rondeau, and Jeremy Strick.

The first full-scale exploration of Jitish Kallat's work published by a North American institution focuses on the Indian artist's latest installation, the centerpiece of which is Swami Vivekananda's speech to the World's Parliaments of Religions on September 11, 1893, denouncing prejudice.

Published May 23, 2011
96 p., 8 1/4 x 10 1/4
38 color + 6 b/w illus.
ISBN: 9780300171587
Cloth: $25.00 sc