Jitish Kallat was born in 1974 in Mumbai, the city where he continues to live and work.


Kallat’s works over the last two decades reveal his continued engagement with the ideas of time, sustenance, recursion and historical recall, often interlacing the dense cosmopolis and the distant cosmos. His oeuvre traverses varying focal lengths and time-scales. From close details of the skin of a fruit or the brimming shirt-pocket of a passerby, it might expand to register dense peoplescapes, or voyage into intergalactic vistas. While some works meditate on the transient present, others invoke the past through citations of momentous historical utterances. Frequently shifting orders of magnitude, Kallat’s works can be said to move interchangeably between meditations on the self, the city–street, the nation and the cosmic horizon, viewing the ephemeral within the context of the perpetual, the everyday in juxtaposition with the historical, the microscopic alongside the telescopic.


Jitish Kallat has exhibited widely at museums and institutions including Tate Modern (London), Martin-Gropius-Bau (Berlin), Gallery of Modern Art (Brisbane), Kunstmuseum (Bern), Serpentine Galleries (London), Mori Art Museum (Tokyo), BOZAR: Centre For Fine Arts (Brussels), Pirelli HangarBicocca (Milan), Busan Museum of Art, Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art (Oslo), ZKM Museum of Contemporary Art (Karlsruhe), Henie Onstad Kunstsenter (Oslo), Arken Museum of Modern Art (Copenhagen), Valencia Institute of Modern Art (Spain), Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto), Museum Tinguely (Basel) and the Gemeente Museum (The Hague) among many others. Kallat’s work has been part of the Havana Biennale, Gwangju Biennale, Asia Pacific Triennale, Fukuoka Asian Art Triennale, Asian Art Biennale, Curitiba Biennale, Guangzhou Triennale and the Kiev Biennale among others.


His solo exhibitions at museums include institutions such as the Art Institute of Chicago, Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Mumbai City Museum, the Ian Potter Museum of Art (Melbourne), the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya museum (Mumbai), the San Jose Museum of Art, Art Gallery of New South Wales (Sydney) and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. In 2017, the National Gallery of Modern Art (New Delhi) presented a mid-career survey of his work titled Here After Here 1992–2017, curated by Catherine David.


Jitish Kallat was the curator and artistic director of Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2014.


Decimal Point, Sperone Westwater Gallery, New York.



Covariance, Galerie Templon, Brussels.
Here After Here (1992–2017), National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi. Curator: Catherine David.



Covering Letter, Philadelphia Museum of Art. Curator: Amanda Sroka.

Covering Letter, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, Mumbai. Curator: Kamini Sawhney.

Sightings, Chemould Prescott Road, Mumbai.



Public Notice 2, presented by Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation at Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney. Curator: Suhanya Raffel.

The Infinite Episode, Galerie Templon, Paris.



The Hour of the Day of the Month of the Season, Galerie Templon, Paris.

Epilogue, San Jose Museum of Art, USA. Curators: Susan Leask and Jodi Thockmorton.



Circa, Ian Potter Museum of Art, Melbourne. Curators: Natalie King, Bala Starr and Andrew Jamieson.

Chlorophyll Park, Nature Morte, New Delhi.



Fieldnotes: Tomorrow was Here Yesterday, Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Mumbai City Museum, Mumbai. Curator: Tasneem Mehta.

Stations of a Pause, Chemould Prescott Road, Mumbai.



Public Notice 3, The Art Institute of Chicago. Curator: Madhuvanti Ghosh

Likewise, ARNDT, Berlin.

The Astronomy of the Subway, Haunch of Venison, London.



Aquasaurus, Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, Sydney.

Skinside Outside, Arario Gallery, Seoul.

Public Notice 2, Bodhi Art, Singapore.

Universal Recipient, Haunch of Venison, Zurich.



Sweatopia, Chemould Prescott Road, Mumbai and Bodhi Art, Singapore.

Unclaimed Baggage, Albion Barn, London.

365 Lives, Arario Gallery, Beijing.

Rickshawpolis 3, Gallery Barry Keldoulis, Sydney.



Rickshawpolis 2, Spazio Piazza Sempione, Milan.



Rickshawpolis 1, Nature Morte, New Delhi.

Panic Acid, Bodhi Art, Singapore.

Humiliation Tax, Gallery Chemould, Mumbai.



The Lie of the Land, Walsh Gallery, Chicago.



First Information Report, Bose Pacia Modern, New York.



Milk Route, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi.

General Essential, Sakshi Gallery, Bangalore.



Ibid., Gallery Chemould, Mumbai.



Private limited–I, Bose Pacia Modern, New York.

Private limited–II, Apparao Art Gallery, Chennai.



Apostrophe, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi.



P.T.O., Gallery Chemould and Prithvi Gallery, Mumbai.


Riots: Slow Cancellation of the Future, ifa Galleries, Berlin and Stuttgart. Curator: Natasha Ginwala.

Asymmetrical Objects, Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Mumbai City Museum. Curators: Tasneem Mehta and Himanshu Kadam.

Sculpture Park, Madhavendra Palace, Nahargarh Fort, Jaipur. Curator: Peter Nagy.



Age of Terror, Imperial War Museums, London. Curator: Sanna Moore.

India Re-worlded: Seventy Years of Investigating a Nation, Gallery Odyssey, Mumbai.
Curator: Arshiya Lokhandwala.

A World in the City: Zoological and Botanic Gardens, ifa Gallery Stuttgart. Curator: Kaiwan Mehta.



Given Time : The Gift and Its Offerings, Gallery Odyssey, Mumbai. Curator: Arshiya Lokhandwala.

Setouchi Triennale, Takamatsu, Japan. Curator: Fram Kitagawa.

Art from Elsewhere: International Contemporary Art from UK Galleries, Arnolfini, Bristol.
Curator: David Elliott.

Telling Tales: Excursions in Narrative Form, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney.
Curator: Rachel Kent.

Sacred and Profane, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth. Curator: Robert Cook.

Deconstruction–Reconstruction, Art & Public, Geneva.



After Midnight: Indian Modernism to Contemporary India 1947/1997, Queens Museum, New York. Curated by Dr. Arshiya Lokhandwala.

After Utopia, Singapore Art Museum. Curators: Tan Siuli and Louis Ho.

Obsession, Maison Particulière, Brussels.

Postdate: Photography and Inherited History in India, San Jose Museum of Art.
Curator: Jodi Throckmorton.



Busan Biennale 2014–Inhabiting the World, Busan. Artistic Director: Olivier Kaeppelin.

An Appetite for painting. Contemporary painting 2000–2014, Museum of Contemporary Art,
The Museum of Contemporary Art Architecture and Design, Oslo. Curator: Gavin Jantjes.

St. Moritz Art Masters, Robilant+Voena, St. Moritz.



Curitiba Biennial, Curitiba. Curators: Stephanie Dahn Batista, Angelo Light, Deborah Santiago, Kamilla and Renan Araujo Nunes.

Ideas of the Sublime, Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi. Curator: Gayatri Sinha.

Aesthetic Bind | Citizen Artist: Forms of Address, Chemould Prescott Road, Mumbai.
Curator: Geeta Kapur.

Palindrome: Gilbert & George and Jitish Kallat, ARNDT, Singapore.



Arsenale 2012: The First Kiev International Biennale of Art, Kiev. Curator: David Elliott.

India: Art Now, ARKEN Museum of Modern Art, Ishøj.

Critical Mass: Contemporary Art From India, Tel Aviv Museum of Art. Curator: Tami Katz-Freiman and Rotem Ruff.

Indian Highway, Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing. Co-curated by Julia Peyton-Jones, Hans-Ulrich Obrist, and Gunnar B. Kvaran in collaboration with Philip Tinari.



Car Fetish: I Drive, Therefore I Am, Museum Tinguely, Basel. Curator: Roland Wetzel.

Maximum India, Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, Washington D.C. Curators: Alicia Adams and Gilda Almeida.

Watercolour, Tate Britain, London. Curator: Alison Smith.

Indian Highway IV, Musée d’art Contemporain, Lyon. Curators: Julia Peyton-Jones, Hans-Ulrich Obrist, Gunnar B. Kvaran in collaboration with Thierry Raspail.



Metropolis, The New Art Gallery Walsall, UK.

Finding India–Art for the New Century, Museum for Contemporary Art, Taipei.

Skulptur I Pilane, Pilane Burial Grounds, Tjorn, Sweden. Curator: Peter Lennby.

Indian Highway, HEART Herning Museum of Contemporary Art, Denmark. Curators: Julia Peyton-Jones, Hans-Ulrich Obrist and Gunnar B. Kvaran in collaboration with Stinna Toft.

Urban Manners 2: Contemporary Artists of India, SESC Pompeia, Sao Paulo.
Curator: Adelina von Fürstenberg.

The Empire Strikes Back: Indian Art Today, Saatchi Gallery, London.



India Contemporary, Gemeentemuseum Den Haag. Curator: Willem Baars.

Mythologies, Haunch of Venison, London.

Chalo! India: A New Era of Indian Art, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo and Essl Museum, Vienna. Curator: Akiko Miki.

Art Foundation Mallorca Collection, Centro Cultural Andratx, CCA Andratx.

Passage to India Part II, Initial Access–Frank Cohen Collection, Wolverhampton.

Indian Highway, Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo. Curators: Julia Peyton-Jones, Hans-Ulrich Obrist, Gunnar B. Kvaran

Indian Narrative in the 21st Century: Between Memory and History, Casa Asia Headquarters, Barcelona.



Farewell to Post-Colonialism: Third Guangzhou Triennial, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou. Curators: Gao Shiming, Sarat Maharaj, and Chang Tsong-zung.

Indian Highway, Serpentine Galleries, London. Curators: Julia Peyton-Jones, Hans-Ulrich Obrist, Gunnar B. Kvaran, Thierry Raspail.

Die Tropen: Views from the Middle of the Globe, Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin. Curators Alfons Hug, Dr. Peter boy, Prof. Dr. Viola King.

India Moderna, Institut Valencia d’Art Modern, Valencia. Curator: Juan Guardiola.

Chalo! India: A New Era of Indian Art, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo. Curator: Miki Akiko.



Soft Power: Asian Attitude, Shanghai Zendai Museum of Modern Art. Curators: Biljana Ciric, Huangfu Binghui, Shen Qibin.

Urban Manners, Pirelli HangarBicocca, Milan. Curator: Adelina von Fürstenberg.

Hungry God, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto.

Aftershock, The Sainsbury Center for Visual Arts, Norwich. Curator Yasmin Canvin.

Horn Please, Kunstmuseum Bern. Curators: Bernard Fibicher, Suman Gopinath.

Thermocline of Art–New Asian Waves, ZKM | Museum of Contemporary Art, Karlsruhe, Germany. Curator: Wonil Rhee, Peter Weibel and Gregor Jansen.



The 6th Gwangju Biennale, Korea. Curators: Kim Hong-hee, Wu Hung and Kim Sang-yun.

The 5th Asia-Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, Brisbane, Australia.

Passages, Palais des Beaux Arts, Brussels. Curators: Deepak Ananth and Jany Lauga.

Lille 3000, Lille, France. Curator: Caroline Naphegyi.

Hungry God: Indian Contemporary Art, Arario Gallery, Beijing, and the Busan Museum of Art, Korea. Curator: Yun Chaegab and June Gwak.

L’Art à la Plage, Galerie Enrico Navarra, Ramatuelle, France.



First Pocheon Asian Art Triennale, Pocheon, Korea. Curator: Yoon Jin Sup.

Indian Summer, Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris. Curators: Henri Claude and Deepak Ananth.

The Artist Lives and Works in Baroda/Bombay/Calcutta/Mysore/ Rotterdam/Trivandrum, House of World Cultures, Berlin.



Zoom! Art in Contemporary India, Culturgest, Lisbon. Curator: Nancy Adajania and Luis Serpa.



SubTerrain: Artists Dig the Contemporary, House of World Cultures, Berlin. Curator: Geeta Kapur.

Pictorial Transformations, National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur.

Crossing generations: diVERGE, National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai. Curators: Geeta Kapoor and Chaitanya Sambrani.

Indians+Cowboys, 4A Center for Contemporary Art, Sydney. Curators: Aaron Seeto, Ruth Watson.

The Tree from the Seed, Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Høvikodden, Norway. Curator: Gavin Jantjes and Henie Onstad Kunstsenter.

Hard Copy, a two-person show with Reena Saini Kallat, Gallery 88, Kolkata. Curator: Peter Nagy.



Under Construction, The Japan Foundation, Asia Center, Tokyo. Curator: Ranjit Hoskote.

India – Contemporary Art from Northeastern Private Collection, Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, New Jersey. Curator Jeffrey Wechsler.



Century City: Art and Culture in the Modern Metropolis, Tate Modern, London. Curators: Geeta Kapur and Ashish Rajadhyaksha.

Indian Painting, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney. Curator: Haema Sivanesan.



Seventh Havana Biennale, Havana, Cuba. Curator: Hilda Maria Rodriguez.



The First Fukuoka Asian Art Triennale, Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Japan. Curator: Kuroda Raiji.



Art of the World 1998, Passage de Retz, Paris.



Innenseite, Projektgruppe Stoffwechsel, University of Kassel, Germany. Curator: Hamdi El Attar.

50 Years of Art in Mumbai, National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai. Curator: Saryu Doshi.


Kallat’s work can be found in a number of public and private collections including:


Arario Museum, Seoul

Art Institute of Chicago

Bihar Museum, Patna

Birmingham Museum, Birmingham

Boca Raton Museum of Art, United States

Brooklyn Museum, New York

Burger Collection, Hong Kong

Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris

Centre of Contemporary Art, Mallorca

Deutsche Bank, Mumbai

Devi Art Foundation, New Delhi

Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Fukuoka City

Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney

Ian Potter Museum of Art, Melbourne

Initial Access Frank Cohen, Wolverhampton

Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, New Delhi

M+, Hong Kong

Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles

National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario

National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi

New Art Gallery Walsall, Walsall

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Piramal Museum of Art, Mumbai

Pizzuti Collection, Columbus

Rubell Family Collection, Miami

San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose

Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, Sydney

Sigg Collection, Switzerland

The Saatchi Gallery, London

Singapore Art Museum

Vanhaerents Art Collection, Brussels

Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester