Mrinalini Mukherjee


Mrinalini Mukherjee (1949 – 2015) was born in Mumbai, India. A committed sculptor all her life, she worked extensively with fibre, ceramic and bronze. Mukherjee had an abiding interest in nature and her knowledge of Indian sculpture, folk art, modern design, and local crafts and textiles underlie her artistic sensibility. Her practice transgressed art-historical categories of abstraction, figuration, realism and the artisanal, undoing the distinction between the traditional and the modern.

Mrinalini had studied Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting at Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, thereafter, completing a Post Diploma in Mural Design from the same university under the mentorship of artist K.G. Subramanyan. Over her lifetime, she exhibited widely in solo and group exhibitions at The Museum of Modern Art, Oxford (1994); the Asia Pacific Triennale, Brisbane (1996); Vadehra Art Gallery (2007); the Institut Valencia d’Art Modern, Valencia (2008); The Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, Delhi (2012); Nature Morte Gallery, Delhi (2013); Jhaveri Contemporary, Mumbai (2013); Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju (2014); National Gallery of Modern Art, Delhi (2015); and Metropolitan Museum of Art (2019). Mukherjee’s work is part of public collections at the Museum of Modern Art, Oxford; the National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi; Tate Modern, London; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; and the Ishara Art Foundation and the Prabhakar Collection, Dubai. The artist’s personal archive is digitised and accessible on Asia Art Archive’s website and her works are under the care of the Mrinalini Mukherjee Foundation in Delhi.