18th October 2017
Kiran Nadar Museum of Art supports Nalini Malani at Centre Pompidou and Jayashree Chakravarty at Musée​ Guimet

Kiran Nadar Museum Art continues to promote Indian artists on important international cultural platforms and this week two exhibitions by leading female Indian artists, Nalini Malani and Jayashree Chakravarty, opened in Paris both supported by KNMA. ​

Earth as Haven: Under the Canopy of Love​ by Jayashree Chakravarty opened at the renowned Musée​ ​Guimet​, curated by Roobina Karode, Director and Chief Curator, KNMA, in the fifth contemporary Carte Blanche in the fourth floor rotunda. Musée​ Guimet asked Indian artist Jayashree Chakravarty to create a vegetal installation, a huge hanging structure made of paper that can be entered by viewers to experience her insect world. A live organic work inspired by the work of insects, shared by tiny cocoons, wasps’ nests, scarabs, flies, ants and fireflies whose multitude reveals a mysterious and imaginary world. The delicate ribbed armature of this built form echoes the shape of shanties scattered over the city of Kolkata.

In a unique collaboration, the Centre Pompidou, Paris, and Castello di Rivoli, Turin, are staging Indian artist Nalini Malani’s first retrospective in France and Italy with The rebellion of the dead retrospective 1969-2018. Presented in Paris in 2017-2018, then in Turin in 2018, this retrospective in two parts selectively covers fifty years of creativity. In the Centre Pompidou exhibition, the artist presents works from 1969-2018, including her latest painting series All We Imagine as Light, the site responsive wall drawing/Erasure Performance Traces as well as the recently discovered b/w 16mm films of 1969-76 including Still Life, Onanism and Taboo that will have their world premiere in Paris. As well as supporting the show, KNMA is loaning 16 works from its collection.

Both these exhibitions highlight KNMA’s ongoing support of these artists. In 2014, KNMA mounted Nalini Malani’s Retrospective (1969 – 2014) in three chapters, You Can’t Keep Acid in a Paper Bag; and in 2016, supported Jayashree Chakravarty’s solo show Life Will Never Be The Same Again, at Musée Des Arts Asiatiques Nice, France, curated by Roobina Karode.

These exhibitions reflect KNMA’s commitment to supporting Indian artists on international platforms. Following ​Nasreen Mohamedi: A View to Infinity ​held at the museum in 2013, KNMA collaborated on two landmark shows of Nasreen Mohamedi’s work at the Museo de Reina Sofia, Madrid (2015) and at The Met Breuer, New York (March 2016) as one of its inaugural exhibitions. In June 2016 KNMA supported ​Bhupen Khakhar: You Can’t Please All at Tate Modern, London – both in sponsorship and through the loan of several important works.


Image Credit: Installation of five reserve painted transparent mylar sheets, stones, Nalini Malani, 1991, courtesy of Centre Pompidou and KNMA; installation shot from Earth as Haven: under the canopy of love, Jayashree Chakravarty, 2017, courtesy of Musée Guimet and KNMA