Paris — New York

Nalini Malani

Painter - Video maker

Nalini Malani was born in 1946 in Karachi (Undivided India, now Pakistan). She lives and works in Bombay.



The Witness Malani Nalini
Solo show
Nalini Malani
10 January - 31 March 2020
Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Mumbai, India
LB02 Lahore Biennale Malani Nalini
Nalini Malani
26 January - 29 February 2020
, Lahore, Pakistan
You Don't Hear Me Malani Nalini
Solo show
Nalini Malani
20 March - 27 September 2020
Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona, Spain


Born in 1946 in Karachi. She lives and works in Bombay. With the help of female icons from mythology, both Indian (Radha, Sita) or Western (Medea, Cassandra), or fictional characters such as Alice from Lewis Carroll, she explores her personal history and the feminine condition of yesterday and today. In 2007, she was chosen by Robert Storr for the 52nd Venice Biennale and created a series of ‘reverse paintings,’ a technique inspired by the tradition of painting the underside of glass. That same summer, the IMMA in Dublin dedicated a retrospective show and catalogue to the artist, including paintings, drawings, videos and projections. Her work has also been exhibited at the Kiran Nadar Foundation in New Delhi and at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam (2017). Two major retrospectives have been organised in 2018, at the Centre Pompidou in Paris and the Castello di Rivoli in Turin. The MoMA, the Metropolitan Museum, the Tate Gallery and the MNAM-Centre Pompidou have recently acquired key works by Nalini Malani.

Selected exhibitions

  • 2020
    • Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelone, Espagne
    • Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Bombay, Inde
    • Fundación CajaCanarias, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Espagne
    • , Lahore, Pakistan
    • National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art , Séoul, Corée du Sud
    • Moderna Museet , Stockholm, Suède
    • Max Mueller Bhavan Institute, Bombay, Inde
  • 2019
    • Palazzo Querini, Venise, Italie
    • Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebaek, Danemark
    • Sharjah Art Foundation, Sharjah, Emirats Arabes Unis
    • Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery, Glasgow, Royaume-Uni
    • National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Séoul, République de Corée
    • Power Station of Art (PSA), Shangai, Chine
    • Castello di Rivoli Museo d'Arte Contemporanea, Rivoli, Italie
  • 2018
    • St Albans Museum + Gallery, St Albans, Royaume-Uni
    • Centre Pompidou, Paris, France
  • 2017
    • Galerie Lelong & Co., Paris, France
    • Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Pays-Bas
    • Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton, États-Unis
  • 2016
    • Institute of Contemporary Art Boston (ICA), Boston, Etats-Unis
    • Jehangir Nicholson Art Foundation, Bombay, Inde
    • 2013
      • Galerie Lelong, New York, Etats-Unis
      • Kochi-Muziris Biennale, Kochi, Inde
    • 2012
      • Documenta, Cassel, Allemagne
      • Ullens Center of Contemporary Art (UCCA), Pékin, Chine
      • Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australie
      • MAXXI - Museo nazionale delle arti del XXI secolo, Rome, Italie
    • 2011
      • Musée d'Art Contemporain Lyon, Lyon, France
    • 2010
      • Chemould Prescott Road, Bombay, Inde
      • Musée cantonal des Beaux-Arts - MCBA, Lausanne, Suisse
      • Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin, Allemagne
    • 2009
      • Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth, Nouvelle Zélande
      • Astrup Fearnley Museet for Moderne Kunst, Oslo, Norvège
      • Galerie Lelong, Paris, France
      • Museu de Arte Contemporanea de Niteroi, Niteroi, Brésil
      • Seoul Olympic Museum of Art (SOMA), Séoul, République de Corée
      • Serpentine Gallery, Londres, Royaume-Uni
      • Prospect New Orleans, New Orleans, Etats-Unis
    • 2008
      • Arario Gallery, New York, Etats-Unis
      • National Museum of Modern Art Tokyo (MOMAT), Tokyo, Japon
      • Biennale of Sydney, Sydney, Australie
      • Galerie Lelong, New York, Etats-Unis
      • Kunstmuseum Bern, Berne, Suisse
    • 2007
      • La Biennale di Venezia, Venise, Italie
      • Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA), Dublin, Irlande
      • Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, Etats-Unis
      • Taipei Biennial, Taipei, Taiwan
      • National Gallery of Modern Art, Bombay, Inde
    • 2006
      • Peabody Essex Museum (PEM), Salem, Etats-Unis
      • Torino Trienniale, Turin, Italie
      • Rabindra Bhavan, New Delhi, Inde
    • 2005
      • Sharjah Biennial, Sharjah, Emirats Arabes Unis
      • Media City Seoul - International Biennale of Media Art, Séoul, République de Corée
    • 2004
      • Bose Pacia Gallery, New York, Etats-Unis
    • 2003
      • Biennale de l'Image en Mouvement, Genève, Suisse
      • International Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul, Turquie
      • Adam Art Gallery Te Pataka Toi, Wellington, Nouvelle Zélande
      • New Museum, New York, Etats-Unis
    • 2002
      • Apeejay Media Gallery, New Delhi, Inde
    • 2001
      • Tate Britain, Londres, Royaume-Uni
    • 2000
      • Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju, République de Corée
    • 1999
      • Alexander Ochs Private, Berlin, Allemagne
      • Prince of Wales Museum, Bombay, Inde
    • 1998
      • Queens Museum of Art (QMA), New York, Etats-Unis
    • 1997
      • Contemporary Arts Museum Houston (CAMH), Houston, Etats-Unis
      • Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, Brisbane, Australie
    • 1996
      • Grey Art Gallery, New York, Etats-Unis
      • The Burger Collection, Berlin, Allemagne
      • Queensland Art Gallery / Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australie
      • Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australie
      • Museum of Modern Art, New York, Etats-Unis
      • Asia Society Museum, New York, Etats-Unis
      • The Burger Collection, Hong Kong, Hong Kong
      • Hauser and Wirth, Londres, Royaume-Uni
      • National Gallery of Modern Art, Bombay, India
      • Bibliothèque nationale de France, Paris, France
      • Musée national d'art moderne (MNAM), Paris, France
      • Musée cantonal des Beaux-Arts - MCBA, Lausanne, Suisse
      • M + Museum, Hong Kong, Hong Kong
      • Kiran Nadar Museum of Art - KNMA, New Delhi, India
      • National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi, India
      • Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Bombay, India
      • British Museum, Londres, Royaume-Uni
      • Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth, Australie
      • Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Fukuoka, Japon
      • Kawaguchi Museum, Saitama, Japon
      • Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Pays-Bas
      • Wilfredo Lam Center, La Havane, Cuba
      • Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Etats-Unis
      • Centre de la Gravure et de l'Image imprimée, La Louvière, Belgique
      • Kadist Art Foundation San Francisco, San Francisco, Etats-Unis
      • Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Bombay, Inde
      • Tiroche DeLeon Collection, Jaffa, Israel

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