Bharti Kher Exhibited at The Saatchi Gallery

Bharti Kher
An Absence Of Assignable Cause


Bindis on fibreglass

168 x 308 x 150 cm
In part inspired by artists such as Hieronymus Bosch, Francisco Goya and William Blake, Bharti Kher references magical beasts, mythical monsters and allegorical tales in which they might feature in her work. The blue sperm whale is one of the world’s largest animals. Unable to find sufficient scientific documentation about its anatomy, Kher invented the appearance of the whale’s heart for An Absence of Assignable Cause. Created in fibreglass, the artist has decorated the enormous heart and protruding veins and arteries with different coloured bindis.
Bharti Kher
Hungry Dogs Eat Dirty Pudding (and detail)


Fibreglass and plastic

40 x 100 x 125 cm
Relocating to New Delhi after studying art in Newcastle, England, Bharti Kher is an artist committed to exploring cultural misunderstandings and social codes through her art practice. Likening herself to the well intentioned ethnographer investigating her culture, Kher delivers a very forceful reinterpretation of modern India. In Hungry dogs Eat Dirty Pudding, a domestic hoover is covered in garish animal skins. These are the kind of inventive hybrid creations that Bharti Kher has made her own. Evoking the early work of Swiss artist Méret Oppenheim who covered a teacup, saucer and spoon with fur, Kher’s sculptural works appear incredibly surreal in their construction.
Bharti Kher


Bindis on painted board

173 x 311 cm
Highly regarded for her sculptural works, Kher has also produced paintings and installations that challenge cultural and social taboos in India. Untitled is composed of multi-layered and multi-coloured bindis. These numerous circles of coloured felt are concentrated on painted board. A reoccurring motif in her work, like the wheel rooted to the centre of the Indian flag, the bindi is at the centre of social and cultural identity and can be seen as a sign of the marital woman and her place in society. The bindi also traditionally represents a third eye, linking the spiritual and material world. In recent times, it has been reformed as a fashion accessory, available in different colours and shapes. With this work, the artist is signalling a need for social change and challenging the role of the women entrenched in tradition, whilst also commenting on the commoditisation of the bindi as a fashion accessory.

Bharti Kher's Biography

Bharti Kher
Born in 1969, London, UK
Lives and works in Delhi, India


Parasol Unit, London, UK
Nature Morte, New Delhi, India
Hauser & Wirth, New York, NY

Leave Your Smell, Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, Paris, France

Inevitable Undeniable Necessary, Hauser & Wirth, London, UK
Hauser and Wirth Outdoor Sculpture: Bharti Kher, London, UK
Disturbia, Utopia, House Beautiful, Gallery SKE, Bangalore, India

Virus, Baltic Centre For Contemporary Art, Gateshead, UK
Sing to Them That Will Listen, Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, Paris, France

An Absence of Assignable Cause, Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, NY
An Absence of Assignable Cause, Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, NY

Do Not Meddle In Affairs of Dragons, Because You Are Crunchy and Taste Good with Ketchup, Gallery 88 and Gallery Ske, Mumbai, India

Quasi-, mim-, ne-, near-, semi-, -ish, -like, Gallery Ske, Bangalore, India
Hungry Dogs eat Dirty Pudding, Nature Morte, New Delhi, India

The Private Softness of Skin, Gallery Chemould, Mumbai, India

The Private Softness of Skin, Bose pacia Gallery, New York, NY

Telling Tails, Galerie F.I.A, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Galerie F.I.A, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Art Heritage, New Delhi, India

AIFACS, New Delhi, India


Indian Highway V, MAXXI Museo Nazionale delle Arti del XXI, Rome Italy (Travelling exhibition)
Paris-Delhi-Bombay, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France
Pattern ID, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO
Festival der Tiere, Essl Museum, Klosternburg, Austria
Maximum India, The John F Kennedy Centre for the performing Arts, Washington DC
Time Unfolded, Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, New Delhi, India
Indian Highway, Musee d’Art Contemporain, Lyon, France

Gothenburg Culture Festival, Gothenburg City Hall, Gothenburg, Sweden
Tokyo Art Meeting. Transformation, Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan
Signs Of Life, Kunstmuseum Luzern
Ancient Knowledge in Contemporary Art, Lucerne, Switzerland
Susan Hefuna- Bharti Kher, Fred Thomaselli: Between the worlds, Thun, Switzerland
Facing East: Recent works from China, India and Japan from the Frank Cohen Collection, Manchester, UK
Indian Highway, Herning Kunstmuseum, Herning, Denmark
The Empire Strikes Back :Indian Art Today, The Saatchi Gallery, London, UK
Pattern ID, Akron Art Museum, Akron, OH
Tauba Auerbach, Matthew Day Jackson, Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, Paris , France
Lille 3000,The Silk Road, Saatchi Gallery Collection, Lille, France
21st Century: Art In The First Decade, Queensland Art Gallery, Queensland, Australia

Marvellous Reality, Lalit Kala Academy, New Delhi, India
Indian Narrative in the 21st Century: Between Memory and History, Casa Asia, Madrid, Spain
Shifting Shapes. Unstable Signs, Yale University School of Art, New haven, CT
Indian Highway, Astrup Fearnley Museum, Oslo, Norway
Who’s Afraid of the Artist’s? A Selection of Works from the Pinault Collection, Palais des Arts de Dinard, Dinard, France
Group Show: Bharti Kher, Yayoi Kusama, Eva Rothschild, Mindy Shapero, Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York, NY
Conflicting Tales: Work from the Burger Collection in Berlin: Subjectivity, Temporary space at Zimmerstrasse, Berlin,Germany
Les Artistes Indiens d’Aujourd’hui, Fecamp, France
Nature Nation, Museum on the Seam, Jerusalem, Israel
Re-Imagining Asia. A Thousand Years of Separation, The New Art Gallery, Walsall (travelling exhibition)
Chalo! India: A New era of Indian Art/Open Your Third Eye, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea (travelling exhibition)
Chalo! India: A New Era of Indian Art, Essl Museum, Klosterneuburg, Austria (travelling exhibition)
Indian Highway, Astrup Fearnley Museum, Oslo, Norway

Distant Nearness, The Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art at Johnson County Community College, Kansas City, KS
Passage to India, Frank Cohen Collection at Initial Access, Wolverhampton, England
India-Guest In The Giant, Swarovski Crystal World, Wattens, Austria
New Delhi-New wave, Primo Marella Gallery, Milan, Italy
Artistes Indien, Collection Claude Berri, Espace Claude Berri, Paris, France
Re-imagining Asia. A Thousand Years of Separation, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany (travelling exhibition)
Chalo! India: A New Era of Indian Art, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan (Travelling Exhibition)
Still Moving Image, Devi Art Foundation, New Delhi, India
Expenditure, Busan Biennale, Busan, Korea
Everywhere is War (and rumors of war), Bodhi Art, Mumbai, India
Our, Chat, Cochon & Cie, Musée cantonal des Beaux-Arts, Lausanne, Switzerland
Indian Highway, Serpentine Gallery, London, England
Where in the World, Devi Art Foundation, New Delhi, India
India Moderna, Institut Valencia d’Art Modern, Valencia, Spain

Hungry God, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Canada
The Sneeze 80 x 80, Durban Art Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
Urban manners- 15 Contemporary Artists from India, Hangar Bicocca, Milan, Italy
Indian Photo- and Media Art: A Journey of Discovery, FLUSS – NÖ Initiative for Photo-and Media Art, Weinviertal, Austria
Private/Corporate IV, Sammlung DaimlerChrysler- Lekha and Anupam Poddar Collections, Germany
The Sneeze 80 x 80 cm, The South African National Gallery, South Africa (travelling exhibition)
Face East. Contemporary Asian Portraiture, Wedel Fine Art, London, UK

Fuori Uso, 2006, Altered Stated, are you experienced? Ex Mercato Ortofrutticolo, Pescara, Italy
The 5th Asia –Pacific Triennal of Contemporary Art, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Australia
Inside Outside, Nature Morte, New Delhi, India
Hungry Gods, Arario Gallery, Beijing, China
Made by Indians. Art on the Beach, Galerie Enrico Navarra, St Tropez, France
Long Happy Hours. Thereby Happiness & Other Stories, Gallery Chemould at The Museum Gallery, Mumbai, India
Le Troisième Oeil, Lille 3000, Lille, France
ZeitsprĂĽnge, Raumfolgen, IFA Galerie, Stuttgart, Germany

ZeitsprĂĽnge, Raumfolgen, IFA Galerie, Berlin, Germany
Mom and Pop, Walsh Gallery, Chicago IL
Indian Summer, LÉcole des Beaux Arts, Paris, France
Summer Show, Nature Morte, New Delhi, India
Het offer/ An intimate I: Droom en Werkelijkheid, De Beverd Museum voor Grafische Werkelijkheid, Breda, Netherlands

Contemporary Art From India, Thomas Erben Gallery, New York
Vanitas Vanitatum, curated by Peter Nagy for Sakshi Gallery Mumbai
The SNEEZE, a Featured Film 80 artists x 80 seconds 106 minutes curated by Natasha Makowski and Peter Lloyd Lewis, Athens, Greece
Adrogyne, curated by Alka Pande at India Habitat Center, New Delhi

Crossing Generations : diVERGE Curated by Geeta Kapur and Chaitanya Sambrani for 40 years of Gallery Chemould
The Tree from the Seed, Contemporary art form India, Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Norway, Curated by Gavin Jantjes
Sirpur Paper Mills, workshop Exhibition, at Art Inc, New Delhi
Bad Taste, Apparao Gallery, at The Apeejay New Media Centre, New Delhi
Under Construction, Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery, Tokyo and Japan Foundation

Khoj Residency Show, Khoj Studios, New Delhi
Creative Space, Sakshi Gallery, at Habitat Centre, New Delhi
Photosphere, curated by Peter Nagy, Nature Morte, New Delhi
Playgrounds & Toys, ART for The World, Geneva. In Delhi with Nature Morte
Cutting Edge Contemporary curated by Art Edge, NGMA Mumbai; Interiors Espana, Delhi
GLUE: curated by Peter Nagy at Sumukha Gallery, Bangalore
Borderless Terrain, curated by Alka Pande, Habitat Center, New Delhi
Silence Violence, NSA Gallery, Durban and NieBethesda and Stellenbosch, South Africa
A Pulse Project curated by Greg Streak
MANGO, A SAWCC show for Talwar Gallery, New York
Anant Gallery, New Delhi
Sorry For The Inconvinience, curated by Gridthya Gaeweewong for Japan Foundation
At Project 304, Bangkok, Thailand and Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery Tokyo
Sidewinder, curated by Gerard Hemsworth for CIMA Gallery, Kolkata, India
Habitat Centre, New Delhi, Coomaraswamy Hall, Prince of Wales Museum of Western India, Mumbai

Art On The Move, a Sahmat Project curated by Vivan Sunderam , in 5 venues in Delhi
Kitch kitch Hota Hai, curated by Madhu Jain for Gallery Espace, India HabitatCenter, Delhi

Open Circle Exhibition at Lakeeren art Gallery, Mumbai
of, based on, or obtained by (Tradition), Nature Morte, New Delhi
Aar Paar, an exchange between five Indian and Pakistani artists. Curator: Shilpa
Gupta and Hema Kundan Pan Shop, Karachi, Pakistan

Impact curated by Jim Beard Gallery, Amsterdam at CCA New Delhi
Embarkation’s, curated by Yashodra Dalmia at Sakshi Gallery Mumbai
Icons of The Millenium curated by Lakeeren Art Gallery, Nehru Centre, Mumbai
Boxwallahs, Art in a Public Space with De Ego. A collaborative work with Subodh Gupta at Sahay Filling Station, Gurgaon/ Mehrauli Road, N.H.8
Hed end aagse Kunst uit India, Central Bureau Vande Hogeschool, Amsterdam
Nature Morte, New Delhi

Edge of The Century’ curated by Amit Mukopadya, British Council, New Delhi
Cryptograms, Lakeeren Art Gallery, Mumba

Royal Overseas League Open Exhibition, Overseas House London: Edinburgh College of Art
Of Women Icons/Stars/Feasts, Eicher Gallery, New Delhi

6th Bharat Bhawan Biennal of Contemporary Indian Arts, Bhopal
Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai
Postcards for Gandhi, A Sahmat Exhibition in five cities in India

Trends in Contemporary Indian Art, Art Heritage, New Delhi

Aspects of British Figurative Painting (1988–93) Milton Gallery, London

Fresh Art at the National Fine Art Degree Fair, the Business Design Center, London
Squires Gallery, Newcastle Polytechnic Newcastle upon Tyne