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 solo exhibitions at museums include institutions such as the Art Institute of Chicago (Chicago), Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Mumbai City Museum (Mumbai), the Ian Potter Museum of Art (Melbourne), Frist Art Museum (Nashville), Art Gallery of New South Wales (Sydney) and the Philadelphia Museum of Art (Philadelphia). 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. He 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 Hangar Bicocca (Milan), Busan Museum of Art, among 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. Kallat was the curator and artistic director of Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2014. He has curated the recently concluded exhibition I draw, therefore I think for the South South Platform.
Kallat’s work can be found in a number of public and private collections including Art Institute of Chicago (Chicago), Arario Museum (Seoul), Birmingham Museum (Birmingham), the Brooklyn Museum (New York), the Burger Collection (Hong Kong), Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris), Devi Art Foundation (New Delhi), Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (Abu Dhabi), Kiran Nadar Museum of Art (New Delhi), M+ (Hong Kong), Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles), National Gallery of Modern Art (New Delhi), National Museum of Asian Art, Smithsonian Institution (Washington DC), Sigg Collection (Switzerland), Singapore Art Museum (Singapore), Victoria and Albert Museum (London) and The Ishara Art Foundation and The Prabhakar Collection (Dubai).