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.

Jitish Kallat
Jitish Kallat
Mumbai, 1974

Past Exhibitions

Jitish Kallat: Covariance

Galerie Templon 07/09/2017 — 28/10/2017

Jitish Kallat: Here After Here

National Gallery of Modern Art – NGMA
15/01/2017 — 31/03/2017

Jitish Kallat: Covering Letter at Philadelphia Museum of Art

Philadelphia Museum of Art 13/11/2016 — 05/03/2017

Jitish Kallat: Covering Letter

Jehangir Nicholson Art Foundation – CSMVS 15/01/2016 — 28/01/2016

Solo Shows

Here After Here, National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi

Jitish Kallat: Covering Letter, Philadephia Museum of Art

Stations of a Pause, Chemould gallery, Mumbai

The Astronomy of Subway, Haunch of Venison, London

Aquasaurus, Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation
Skinside Outside, Arario, Seoul
Public Notice-2, Bodhi Art, Singapore
Universal Recipient, Haunch of Venison, Zurich

Group Shows

Maximum India, The Kennedy Centre, Washington DC

Bring Me A Lion: An Exhibition of Contemporary Indian Art, The Hunt Gallery, Missouri
All That is Solid Melts Into Air: Indian Contemporary Art in Global Times, Lakereen Gallery, Mumbai

Indian Summer, Gallery Christian Hosp, Berlin
Architectonica, Gallery Nature Morte, New Delhi

Contacts & Details

City of birth: Mumbai Country of birth: India Date of birth: 1974 Lives in: Mumbai, India