Jitish Kallat

Jitish Kallat
Jitish Kallat Circa (detail), 2011 resin, steel, rope © Courtesy the artist and Arndt Berlin Photo: Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Mumbai

The exhibition is presented by Ian Potter Museum of Art and Utopia@Asialink in association with the Melbourne Festival.

Internationally acclaimed Mumbai-based artist Jitish Kallat will present his first solo exhibition in an Australian museum, at the Ian Potter Museum of Art, commencing next month. Conceived as an evolving narrative experiment with multiple interventions across the museum, some works will appear for a few days, while others will remain on view till the end of the exhibition. Yet others await conception, making space for an evolving entry and exit of ideas over the course of six months.

Circa is curated by Bala Starr and Andrew Jamieson at the Potter, and Natalie King, from Utopia@Asialink. The exhibition is presented by Ian Potter Museum of Art and Utopia@Asialink in association with the Melbourne Festival.

The central sculptural component Circa comprises 120 bamboo scaffolding poles cast in resin that are tied, propped and bound within the museum, recalling scaffolding found throughout India and Asia. Figurines and mythic sculptural reliefs of animals devouring each other appear within the contours of these poles.

Kallat deftly constructs a sculptural conversation within the museum in order to explore notions of duration, restoration and evoke unexplained narratives. Kallat’s work will appear throughout the museum, including drawings of cracks or shards on vitrines within the Classics and Archaeology Gallery’s collection of antiquities, a nocturnal projection on the Potter’s façade suggestive of interstitial moments, a poetic text inscribed upon the gallery walls with fire, and mirrored cracks in the Potter’s atrium that reflect hidden aspects of the museum.

Kallat will also participate in a free public forum, Lemuria: cultural entanglements between Australia and India on Monday 15 October at 6pm as part of the Melbourne Festival at Sidney Myer Asia Centre, University of Melbourne.

Kallat (born 1974) has participated in major exhibitions at venues such as the Arken Museum, Denmark, 2012– 13; Musée d'art contemporain de Lyon (2011); Tate Britain, London (2011); Saatchi Gallery, London (2010); Gemeente Museum, Hague (2009); Serpentine Gallery, London (2008); Martin Gropius Bau, Berlin (2008); Kunstmuseum Bern (2007); Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane (2006) and Tate Modern, London (2001) amongst others. Solo presentations include galleries such as Chemould Prescott Road, Mumbai (2011); Arndt Berlin (2010); Haunch of Venison, London (2010); Arario, Beijing (2007) and public institutions such as Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Mumbai (2011); The Art Institute of Chicago (2010–11) and Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, Sydney (2008).

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