Nalini Malani
Indian, born 1946
Represented by industry leading galleries.
Collected by a major museum
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Selected exhibitions
People come and go,
Galerie Lelong & Co.
Travelling in Two Boats at the Same Time,
Galerie Lelong & Co.

Among leading contemporary Indian artists, Nalini Malani is known for her lush, politically charged mixed-media paintings and drawings, videos, installations, and theater works. Her projects are underscored by what she calls an “unwaveringly urban and internationalist” point of view and by her early training as a painter. A pioneering artist, she was among the first to explicitly introduce feminist issues in her work, in the 1980s. In the early 1990s, she began presenting innovative, visually and conceptually layered theater and installation pieces. Her experience of the displacement caused by the Partition of India influences all of her work, as do Hindu and Greek mythology, 19th-century English “nonsense” writing, and early 20th-century experimental theater. Through this worldly mishmash, and her characteristic blending of abstraction, figuration, and text, Malani critically examines …

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