JITISH KALLAT | Ian Potter Museum of Art at The University of Melbourne

Medha Kapur shares a note on Jitish Kallat’s first solo exhibition in an Australian museum.

Melbourne, October 2012 to April 2013: Renowned contemporary artist Jitish Kallat reconfigures his remarkable installation, Circa, first produced for the Bhau Daji Lad Museum, MumbaiCirca was created as a response to the museum’s history and archives – a playful exhibit that appropriated the buildings architecture and intervened in the display cases.

Circa is Kallat’s first solo exhibition in an Australian museum, the Ian Potter Museum of Art. This exhibition is conceived as an evolving narrative; an experiment of multiple interventions across several spaces within the institution. Here the artist reshapes the work against the structure of the museum and the antiquities in its collection.

Ian Potter Museum of Art

Ian Potter Museum of Art

Over the course of the six month exhibition, which is on view from October 2012 to April 2013, some works will appear for a few days, while others will remain on display until the end of the exhibition. Still others await conception when the departure of interventions makes space for them as part of an evolving entry and exit of ideas.

Kallat has skillfully constructed a sculptural conversation within the museum in order to explore notions of duration and restoration, and evoke unexplained narratives. Kallat’s interventions include a 120-part sculpture titled Circa, which evokes bamboo scaffolding; two interventions using mirrors, titled Footnote (mirror 1) and Footnote (mirror 2); drawings on the glass of museum vitrines; a video projection on the building’s facade; and sound and inscriptions of found text on the walls of the gallery. Kallat’s interventions in the Classics and Archaeology Gallery are installed in relation to a display of ancient Indian carved stone sculptures and colonial-era maps from the University of Melbourne as well as private collections.

Jitish Kallat, ‘Footnote’, 2012

Jitish Kallat, ‘Footnote’, 2012 © Courtesy Jitish Kallat Studio Photo: Viki Petherbridge, courtesy the Ian Potter Museum of Art Exhibition

Jitish Kallat: Circa

Jitish Kallat, ‘Circa’, © Courtesy Jitish Kallat Studio, Photo: Viki Petherbridge, courtesy the Ian Potter Museum of Art

Jitish Kallat, 'Prosody of a pulse rate', 2012

Jitish Kallat, ‘Prosody of a pulse rate’, 2012 unfired stoneware, wheat grain © Courtesy Jitish Kallat Studio Photo: Viki Petherbridge, courtesy the Ian Potter Museum of Art Exhibition

On 11 September 2010, Kallat presented a landmark solo exhibition, Public Notice 3, at the Art Institute of Chicago. His site-specific work brought together two events: the 11 September 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon, and the First World Parliament of Religions which took place on 11 September 1893 in what is now the Art Institute of Chicago building. The basis of Public notice 3 was an inaugural speech delivered by Swami Vivekananda at the Parliament calling for an end to fanaticism and a respectful recognition of all traditions of belief through universal tolerance. In 2011, Kallat presented Fieldnotes: tomorrow was here yesterday, an important project that explored the history and architecture of the Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum in Mumbai, one of the oldest museums in India.

Jitish Kallat. Circa from Fieldnotes: tomorrow was here yesterday. 120-part sculpture. Partial installation view at the Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Mumbai. 2011. Image Courtesy: http://www.asialink.unimelb.edu.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0010/663382/Lemuria2.pdf

Jitish Kallat. Circa from Fieldnotes: tomorrow was here yesterday. 120-part sculpture. Partial installation view at the Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Mumbai. 2011.
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Calling All Artists: Arte Laguna Deadline Extension and New Residencies

Amy Lin of Saffronart shares some updates on the 2013 Arte Laguna Art Prize

New York: In a previous post, Jacopo Zanon of Arte Laguna announced the 7th International Art Prize in Venice. This is a fantastic opportunity for artists around the world to compete for a prize, a solo exhibition, and a residency. Arte Laguna in collaboration with The Italian Cultural Association MoCA organizes the Arte Laguna International Prize to promote and develop avant-garde contemporary art.

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The deadline for the Prize applications has been extended to November 27 by mail and December 5, 2012, on the website. In addition, Arte Laguna is launching two exciting new residences in Beijing and Venice.

The Lab-Yit Beijing Artist Residency offers an artist the opportunity to work in the cultural capital of China with a month long accommodation, studio, assistance, a €200 grant and a final exhibition.

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The Loft Miramarmi in Venice is located in the historical marble district of the city and offers two artists a month long stay with accommodation, studio, workshop, a €500 grant and a concentration in working with marble.

€180,000 in prize money is being awarded to artists in various media including painting, sculpture, installation, photography, video art performance, and virtual art. This is a prime opportunity for both new and experienced artists. Finalists will display their works at a collective exhibition at the Venice Arsenal and the Romanian Cultural Institution of Venice in March, 2013. What are you waiting for? Apply.

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