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 is showing his installation Covering Letter alongside the exhibitionTangled Hierarchy 2, curated by him at the Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2022 . The twinned presentations of Covering Letter and Tangled Hierarchy 2 are presented in close conjunction at TKM Warehouse, Fort Kochi as invited parallel exhibitions at the Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2022.

TKM Warehouse, India

From December 14, 2022 to April 10, 2023


INSTALLATION - Public Notice 2

Jitish Kallat's "Public Notice 2" has joined the collection of the Art Gallery of New South Wales in Sydney. The artist renders Gandhi’s historic speech in its entirety, recreating each of its individual letters as stand-alone pieces. 


Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney


INSTALLATION - Bangkok Art Biennale

Jitish Kallat presents the sculptural installation Untitled (Two Minutes to Midnight). This large installation draws together two carefully chosen pointers, one from our prehistoric past and the other pointing to a prophesied future. The sculptures are placed on a plinth that echoes the contours of the iconic "Doomsday Clock", which since 1947 pictures a hypothetical human-made global catastrophe as "midnight”. Additionally, he also features a site specific, wallpaper installation titled Integer Studies (Drawing from Life) comprising 365 drawings, produced daily during the pandemic year of 2021.

Museum Siam, Bangkok

From October 22, 2022 to February 23, 2023


SOLO EXHIBITION - Order of Magnitude 

Featuring new works that include paintings, multimedia installations, drawings and site-specific interventions, the show reflects the artist’s profound deliberations on the interrelationship between the cosmic and the terrestrial. In ‘Order of Magnitude’, one finds a contemplation of overarching interconnectivity on the individual, universal, planetary and extra-terrestrial dimensions.

Image caption : Jitish Kallat, Postulates from a Restless Radius (2021). Acrylic, gesso, lacquer, charcoal and watercolour pencil on linen, 640 x 320 cm radius, 375 cm length. Image courtesy of the artist and Ishara Art Foundation. Photography by Ismail Noor/ Seeing Things.

Ishara Art Foundation, United Arab Emirates

From February 16 to July 1st, 2022


Epicycles – Solo show

Norrtälje Konsthall is presenting simultaneous solo exhibitions by two of India’s most successful artists - Reena Saini Kallat and Jitish Kallat - creating interesting continuity between their practices.

Jitish Kallat’s exhibition titled “Epicycles” reveals his longstanding engagement with the ideas of time, transience, sustenance, the ecological and the cosmological. The exhibition is an assembly of conceptual and sensory propositions through a suite of large format paintings, drawings, sculptures and video.

From June 19 to September 26, 2021

Norrtälje Konsthall, Galles gränd 7, Norrtälje, Sweden


“Lokame Tharavadu” - Group show

Lokame Tharavadu (The World Is One Family) is a large-scale curated contemporary art exhibition of Malayali artists, organized by the Kochi Biennale Foundation. Over 260 artists will be exhibiting a collection of their works, to foreground each of their practices. 

Jitish Kallat presents in this exhibition “Epilogue” (2011) in which the artist memorialises the life-time of his late father by picturing the approximately 22 000 moons that he saw during his lifetime. Strructured in monthly slots for each year, the moons are represented by "rotis breads", the edges of which grow or crumble away as the moon waxes and wanes.

The "roti moons", a recurring pattern in the artist's work, distill lived time into its essential components—the daily bread, the recurring routine—even as they connect it to a shared, eternally recurring celestial phenomenon. At the end of the path, the viewer is invited to walk with Kallat as he retraces his father's life, a poignant frame with a lone moon, representing the night before 2nd December 1998, when the artist's father died.

Kochi Biennale Foundation, Alappuzha, Kerala, Inde

From April 5 to June 30, 2021


« Spring » - group display 

The Fondation Thalie presents “Spring”, a new display of her collection in Brussels with new acquisitions from Jitish Kallat, as well as Davide Balula, Le Corbusier, Francis Picabia, Jean Dubuffet, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Risaku Suzuki, Tatiana Trouvé, and Pieter Vermeersch, among others.

 “Rebirth, buds and flowers, with this new display there is a desire to share the poetry and beauty of artwork that is usually shown in our homes.
This collection was started in 2008 and evokes “le sensible” around the question of know-how and gesture with regard to textile creations, which is a tribute to the legacy of Anni Albers, the worthy successor of the Bauhaus, who spent her entire career experimenting with weaving techniques as graphic paintings. (…).” – Nathalie Guiot, President of the Fondation Thalie.

Fondation Thalie, 15 rue Buchholtz 1050 Brussels, Belgium

From April 1st to May 9,  2021


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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