Jitish Kallat

Selected works

Born in 1974 in Mumbai, Jitish Kallat is one of the most promising artists of his generation. Jitish Kallat’s work, imbued with autobiographical, political and artistic references, forms a narrative of the cycle of life in a rapidly changing India. Weaving together strands of sociology, biology and archaeology, the artist takes an ironic and poetic look at the altered relationship between nature and culture.

Jitish Kallat: Return to Sender - Solo Show

The Frist Art Museum presents Return to Sender, an exhibition of immersive installations created by the celebrated Indian artist Jitish Kallat. The dramatic works, which engage both mind and body, are inspired by historic messages that reveal the best and worst of humanity.
The show brings together two different types of correspondence that collectively provoke a reflection on our world. Continuing his interest in the epistolary mode, Kallat will exhibit a new project titled Covering Letter (terranum nuncius) (2019) alongside his widely exhibited Covering Letter (2012).

From March 13 to October 12, 2020

Frist Art Museum, 919 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37203, United States


WEATHER REPORT - group show

The Weather Report will reveal the sky as a site where the aesthetic, the romantic, the political, the social, and the scientific co-exist and inform one another. The depiction of weather in the visual arts is traditionally linked with either landscape painting or photography, but in the last several decades artists have increasingly turned to other media to explore weather and, by extension, the larger subject of the Earth’s atmosphere. Weather Report presents a group of diverse international artists who reference weather in provocative ways through sculpture, drawing, painting, installation, and video.

From October 6, 2019 to August 23, 2020

The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, 258 Main Street Ridgefield, CT 06877, USA


Circadian Rhythms: contemporary art and biological time - Group show

All life on earth - humans, other animals, plants and even bacteria - carry out biological processes to a 24-hour pattern of activity that mirrors the length of the earth day. Such processes are said to be subject to certain rhythms as they oscillate at different points during the 24-hour cycle, always following the same pattern of activity. Circadian Rhythms presents the work of Irish and international artists who explore these invisible forces through reflections on time, the cadence of working life, sleeping patterns, as well as through the impact of modern technologies that disrupt the natural world. 

From 01/08/2019 to 03/11/2019


Our Time for A Future Caring -  Indian Pavillon - Biennale di Venezia

We are honoured to announce that Jitish Kallat is part of the artist line-up for India Pavilion at 58th International Art Exhibition at La Biennale di Venezia 2019.

Our Time for a Future Caring features works by an intergenerational group of artists spanning from twentieth century to present day that either reflect directly on Gandhi and his place in history, focusing on specific moments and their resonances for contemporary audiences, or offer conceptual investigations into his philosophical ideas and broader notions of agency, action and freedom.

From 11/05/2019 to 24/11/2019


A World in the City. Zoological and Botanic Gardens - group show

Traveling and exploring the world has always enabled us to meet different peoples, to encounter different cultures and spaces, and to collect artefacts and take them into other contexts. These collections have been used to entertain and to educate, whether in private and feudal collections, the World’s fair, or today’s zoological and botanic gardens. They shape the ways in which we see the world. By collecting, documenting and reproducing we hope to understand the world and its manifold forms of life and diverse cultures.

Curator Kaiwan Mehta has invited JitishKallat,SoniaMehraChawla, SahejRahal, ShelaghKeeley and author RuthPadel to address this 'world in the city'. They explore the stories and the practices of entertainment and knowledge production, and of artistic documentation and reproduction in the context of zoological and botanical gardens. 


From 5/05/2017 to 7/02/2017

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