Volte Gallery

Nalini Malani

1946, Karachi, (Undivided India). Lives and works in Bombay/Amsterdam.

Nalini Malani secured a Diploma in Fine Arts from Sir JJ School of Arts, Bombay, 1969 and also secured the French Government Scholarship for Fine Arts to study in Paris from 1972 to 1972. In 2010 she was conferred an Honorary Doctorate in Fine Arts from the San Francisco Art Institute. In 2013 she won the Fukuoka Prize for Arts and Culture.

For more than four decades, Nalini Malani has in her experimental art addressed social, political and societal issues surrounding the Indian subcontinent, the conflict between India and Pakistan, the abuse and rape of women, and the struggle for democracy. Starting out as a painter, Nalini was one of the first Indian artists who broke out of the classical painting frame in the late eighties to reach a wider audience, with installations, theatre, ephemeral wall drawings, erasure performances and video/shadow plays. Her intense and committed art reveals her search for the profound certainties of life, of society, of experience-persisting 'evidence', which is encountered and felt.

Nalini Malani’s solo museum exhibitions include: Nalini Malani: You can’t keep Acid in a Paper Bag (retrospective), Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, New Delhi–2014, Nalini Malani: Transgressions, Asia Society Museum, New York-2014; Nalini Malani, Dr Bhau Baj Lad City Museum, Bombay, 2013; Nalini Malani: Beyond Print-Memory, Transference, Montage, Centre de la Gravure, La Louvière-2013; Nalini Malani, Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Fukuoka, 2013; Mother India: Video Plays by Nalini Malani, Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney–2012; Nalini Malani: Splitting the Other (retrospective), Musée des Beaux Arts, Lausanne-2010; Nalini Malani, Govett Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth, 2009; Nalini Malani, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin–2007, Exposing the Source: The Paintings of Nalini Malani, (retrospective), Peabody Essex Museum, Salem Ma.-2005/6; Nalini Malani: Hamletmachine: New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York–2002/3; Nalini Malani: Remembering Toba Tek Singh, Prince of Wales Museum, Bombay–1999.

Nalini Malai’s group exhibitions include: Artist File, National Art Centre Tokyo, Tokyo-2013; Life is the Only Way, Bontelabo 2, Bergen-2013; Move on Asia, ZKM, Karlsruhe-2013; 1st Kochi- Muziris Biennale, Kochi-2012; Documenta (13), Kassel-2012; Panorama, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore-2012; Alice in Wonderland, Tate Modern, Liverpool-2011; Paris-Delhi-Bombay…, Centre Pompidou, Paris-2011; MATER, Universidad de Jaén, Jaén-2009; Taswir, Martin Gropius Bau, Berlin-2009; Emotional Drawing, The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo and Kyoto-2008/09; Prospect 1, CAC, New Orleans-2008/09; Indian Highway, Serpentine Gallery, London-2008; Revolutions: Forms that Turn, 16th Sydney Biennale, Sydney-2008; Think with the Senses, Feel with the Mind – Art in the Present Tense, Italian Pavilion, 52nd Venice Biennale, Venice-2007; Cinema of Prayoga, Tate Modern, London-2006; 7thSharjah Biennale, U.A.E.-2005; Crossovers & Rewrites: Borders over Asia, Museum of Contemporary Art, World Social Forum, Porto Alegre-2005; Icon-India Contemporary, 2004 Media_city Seoul , International Media Art Biennale, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul; 51st Venice Biennial; Poetic Justice, 8th Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul-2003; 5th APT Biennale, Brisbane-2002; Century City, Tate Modern, London-2001; 2001 Unpacking Europe, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam; 3rdGwangju Biennial, Gwangju-2000; 2th APT Biennale, Brisbane-1996; 1st Johannesburg Biennial, Johannesburg-1995, 2nd Havana Biennial, Havana, 1986.
Selected Public Collections:

Museum of Modern Art, New York; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; British Museum, London; Irish Museum of Modern Art Dublin; Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney; Asia Society Museum, New York; Musée des Beaux-Arts, Lausanne; National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi/Bombay; Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane; Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth; Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Fukuoka; Wilfredo Lam Center, Havana; Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Ma.; Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, Coventry, Musée de la Gravure, La Louvière.
Selected Private Collections:

Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, New Delhi; Lekha and Anupam Poddar Collection, New Delhi; The Burger Collection, Zurich; Hauser and Wirth, London; Kramlich Collection, San Francisco; Tiroche DeLeon Collection, Frankfurt; Deutsche Bank Collection, Frankfurt; PKB Privatebank, Lugano; C-Collection, Liechtenstein; Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai; Kawaguchi Museum, Saitama; Roland Garros Tennis Museum, Paris.