Born in London in 1969, Bharti Kher’s art gives form to quotidian life and its daily rituals in a way that reassesses and transforms their meaning to yield an air of magical realism. Now living in New Delhi, India, her use of found objects is informed by her own position as an artist located between geographic and social milieus. Her way of working is exploratory: surveying, looking, collecting, and transforming, as she repositions the viewer’s relationship with the object and initiates a dialogue between metaphysical and material pursuits.

Kher’s signature materials and a loaded symbol. Since first appearing in her work in 1995, the bindi has inherited an aesthetic and cultural duality, a means to mix the superficial with the sublime. Kher explains: ‘Many people believe it’s a traditional symbol of marriage while others, in the West particularly, see it as a fashion accessory… But actually the bindi is meant to represent a third eye – one that forges a link between the real and the spiritual-conceptual worlds.’ Used as a material to articulate and animate her themes, bindis as such are not meant to be the central-motif of her work but rather act as a material, much like paint or clay, but with an inherent narrative. The bindis themselves undergo a shift in their initial cultural capital – they are defamiliarized, made to seem both scientific and mystical.

At the center of Kher’s practice are her sculptures, early examples of which featured fantastical hybrid characters, blurring the distinctions between humans and nature, ecology and politics. In line with this early practice, Kher continues to assemble, juxtapose and transform found objects that are witness to their own histories. Wooden wheels and architectural remnants, mannequin body casts and pillars all clash in mis-en-scenes of dystopia and grand orchestration. These elements are assembled in a hazardous manner; suspended from the ceiling, hanging from ropes, propped up and held from falling with the help of counterweights and balances; ultimately forming a heterogeneous narrative in which Kher further explores the artistic strategy of stripping objects of their meaning and making them open to misinterpretation and magic, creating alluring works of abstract beauty.

Solo Exhibitions


DHC/ART - Foundation, 'Points de départ, points qui lient', Montreal QCM
Grunwald Gallery of Art, ‘Messengers’, Bloomington IN

Museum Frieder Burda / Salon Berlin, ‘Dark Matter (MM)’, Berlin, Germany
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, ‘Sketchbooks and Diaries’, Boston MA

Freud Museum, ‘This Breathing House’, London, England
Galerie Perrotin, ‘The Laws of Reversed Effort’, Paris, France
Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, ‘In Her Own Language’, Perth, Australia
Vancouver Art Gallery, ‘Matter’, Vancouver, Canada

Hauser & Wirth, ‘three decimal points. Of a minute of a second of a degree’, Zurich, Switzerland
Rockbund Art Museum, ‘Misdemeanours’, Shanghai, China

Kukje Gallery, ‘Anomalies’, Seoul, Korea
Nature Morte, ‘Bind the Dream State to your Waking Life’, New Delhi, India

Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, ‘Many, (too) many, more than before’, Hong Kong, China
Hauser & Wirth, ‘The hot winds that blow from the West’, New York NY
Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art, London, England
Savannah College for Art and Design, ‘Reveal the secrets that you seek’, Savannah GA

Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, ‘Leave your smell’, Paris, France

Gallery SKE, ‘disturbia, utopia, house beautiful’, Bangalore, India
Hauser & Wirth London, ‘inevitable undeniable necessary’, London, England
Hauser & Wirth Outdoor Sculpture Southwood Garden, St.James’s Church, ‘Hauser & Wirth Outdoor Sculpture: Bharti Kher, London, England

Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, ‘Virus’, Gateshead, England
Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, ‘Sing to them that will listen’, Paris, France

Jack Shainman Gallery, ‘An Absence of Assignable Cause’, New York NY
Nature Morte, ‘An Absence of Assignable Cause’, New Delhi, India

Gallery 88 and Gallery Ske, ‘Do not Meddle in the Affairs of Dragons, Because You Are Crunchy and Taste Good with Ketchup’, Mumbai, India

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

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

Bose Pacia Gallery, ‘The Private Softness of Skin’, New York NY

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

Galerie F.I.A, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Art Heritage, New Delhi, India

AIFACS, New Delhi, India


Group Exhibitions


SCAD Museum of Art, ‘I See You’, Georgia, USA
Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, ‘Facing India’, Wolfsburg, Germany
Victoria Miro, 'Surface Work', London, UK
The MET Breuer, 'Life: Sculpture, Color, and the Body (1300–Now)', New York NY
RMIT Art Gallery, 'My Monster: The Human Animal Hybrid', Melbourne. Australia
The Sculpture Park at Madhavendra Palace, 'Group Exhibition 2017-18', Jaipur, India  Savannah College of Art and Design, ‘I See You’, Savannah, USA 2018- Art Gallery of Alberta, ‘Vision Exchange Perspectives from India to Canada’, Canada,

Pizzuti Collection, ‘Visions from India. Transforming Vi sion: 21st Century Art from the Pizzuti Collection’, Columbus OH
Art Gallery of South Australia, ‘Versus Rodin: Bodies Across Space and Time’, Adelaide, Australia
Hauser & Wirth, ‘Portable Art: A Project by Celia Forner’, New York NY

Weserburg, ‘I Prefer Life’, Bremen, Germany
Johyun Gallery, ‘Present’, Busan, Korea
20th Biennale of Sydney, ‘The Future Is Already Here – It’s Just Not Evenly Distributed’, Sydney, Australia

Hauser & Wirth, ‘Salon d’Hiver’, Zurich, Switzerland
Villa Reale’s Galleria d’Arte Moderna, ‘Don’t Shoot the Painter – UBS Art Collection’, Milan, Italy
SKE Gallery, ‘Codes of Culture’, New Delhi, India
Art Gallery of New South Wales, ‘Go East – The Gene & Brian Sherman Contemporary Asian Art Collection’, Sydney, Australia

Kochi Biennale Foundation, ‘Kochi-Muziris Biennale’, Kochi, India
L’Institut Culturel Bernard Magrez, ‘Entre deux expositions. Collection et nouvelles acquisitions de l’Institut’, Bourdeaux, France
Galerie Perrotin, ‘GIRL – curated by Pharrell Williams’, Paris, France
Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, ‘Seeing through Light’, Abu Dhabi, UAE
The Old Sorting Office, ‘Here Today… A Major exhibition marking 50 years of the IUCN Red List’, London, England

Hauser & Wirth, ‘Trade Routes’, London, England
Khoj International Artists’ Association, ‘We are Ours: A Collection of Manifestos for the Instant’, New Delhi, India
Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, ‘Art & Textiles – Fabric as Material and Concept in Modern Art from Klimt to the Present’, Wolfsburg, Germany
Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, ‘Misled by Nature: Contemporary Art and the Baroque’, Toronto, Canada (Travelling Exhibition)

Arken Museum of Modern Art, ‘India: Art Now’, Arken, Denmark
Art Gallery of Alberta, ‘Misled by Nature: Contemporary Art and the Baroque’, Edmonton, Canada (Travelling Exhibition)
Institut Culturel Bernard Magrez, ‘La Belle & la Bête’, Bordeaux, France
Mystetskyi Arsenal, ‘First International Biennale of Contemporary Art: “The Best of Times, The Worst of Times. Rebirth and Apocalypse in Contemporary Art”’, Kiev, Ukraine
Tel Aviv Museum of Art, ‘Massive/Intensive: Contemporary Art from India’, Tel Aviv, Israel
Wilhelm-Hack-Museum, ‘Dot. Systems. From Pointillism to Pixelation’, Ludwigshafen, Germany
Traffic, ‘Domination, Hegemony and The Panopticon’, Dubai, UAE

Centre Pompidou, ‘Paris – Delhi – Bombay’, Paris, France
Essl Museum, ‘Festival der Tiere’, Klosterneuburg, Austria
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, ‘Maximum INDIA’, Washington DC
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, ‘Pattern ID’, Kansas City MO (Travelling Exhibition)
Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, ‘Time Unfolded’, New Delhi, India
MAXXI Museo Nazionale delle Arti del XXI Secolo, ‘Indian Highway V’, Rome, Italy (Travelling Exhibition)
Musée d’Art Contemporain, ‘Indian Highway IV’, Lyon, France
Nature Morte, ‘Seduction by Masquerade’, New Delhi, India

Akron Art Museum, ‘Pattern ID’, Akron OH (Travelling Exhibition)
Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, ‘Tauba Auerbach, Matthew Day Jackson…’, Paris, France
Gothenburg City Hall, ‘Gothenburg Culture Festival’, Gothenburg, Sweden
Herning Kunstmuseum, ‘Indian Highway III’, Herning, Denmark (Travelling Exhibition)
Kunstmuseum Luzern, ‘Lebenszeichen. Altes Wissen in der zeitgenössischen Kunst / Signs of Life. Ancient Knowledge in Contemporary Art’, Lucerne, Switzerland
Kunstmuseum Thun, ‘Susan Hefuna – Bharti Kher – Fred Tomaselli: Between the Worlds’, Thun, Switzerland
Manchester Art Gallery, ‘Facing East: Recent Works from China, India and Japan from the Frank Cohen Collection’, Manchester, England
Museum of Contemporary Art, ‘Tokyo Art Meeting. Transformation’, Tokyo, Japan
Queensland Art Gallery, Gallery of Modern Art, ‘21st Century: Art in the first Decade’, Queensland, Australia
The Saatchi Gallery, ‘The Empire Strikes Back: Indian Art Today’, London, England
Tri Postal, ‘Lille3000: “The Silk Road”. Saatchi Gallery London in Lille’, Lille, France

Lalit Kala Academy, ‘Marvellous Reality’, New Delhi, India
Astrup Fearnley Museum, ‘Indian Highway II’, Oslo, Norway (Travelling Exhibition)
Casa Asia, ‘Indian Narrative in the 21st Century: Between Memory and History’, Madrid, Spain
Essl Museum, ‘Chalo! India: A New Era of Indian Art’, Klosterneuburg, Austria (Travelling Exhibition)
Marianne Boesky Gallery, ‘Group Show: Bharti Kher, Yayoi Kusama, Eva Rothschild, Mindy Shapero’, New York NY
Museum on the Seam, ‘Nature Nation’, Jerusalem, Israel
National Museum of Contemporary Art, ‘Chalo! India: A New Era of Indian Art / Open Your Third Eye’, Seoul, Korea (Travelling Exhibition)
The New Art Gallery Walsall, ‘Re-imagining Asia. A Thousand Years of Separation’, Walsall, England (Travelling Exhibition)
Palais Bénédictine, ‘Les Artistes Indiens d’Aujourd’hui’, Fécamp, France
Palais des Arts de Dinard, ‘Who`s Afraid of the Artists? A Selection of Works from the Pinault Collection’, Dinard, France
Temporary space at Zimmerstrasse 90-91,‘Conflicting Tales – Works from the Burger Collection in Berlin: Subjectivity (Quadrilogy, Part 1)’, Berlin, Germany
Yale University School of Art, ‘Shifting Shapes. Unstable Signs’, New Haven CT

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

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

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

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

Gallery Chemould, ‘Crossing Generations: Diverge’, Mumbai, India
The Gazon Rouge Gallery, ‘The Sneeze 80 × 80’, Athens, Greece (Travelling Exhibition)
India Habitat Center, ‘Adrogyne’, New Delhi, India
Sakshi Gallery, ‘Vanitas Vanitatum’, Mumbai, India
Thomas Erben Gallery, ‘Contemporary Art From India’, New York NY

Apparao Gallery at The Apeejay New Media Centre, ‘Bad Taste’, New Delhi, India
Art Inc, ‘Sirpur Paper Mills’, New Delhi, India
Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, ‘The Tree from the Seed: Contemporary Art from India’, Hovikodden, Norway

CIMA Gallery, ‘Sidewinder’, Kolkata, India (Travelling Exhibition)
Coomarswamy Hall, The Prince of Wales Museum of Western India, ‘Sidewinder’, Mumbai, India (Travelling Exhibition)
Habitat Centre, ‘Sidewinder’, New Delhi, India (Travelling Exhibition)
India Habitat Center, ‘Borderless Terrain’, New Delhi, India
Khoj Studios, ‘Khoj Residency Show’, New Delhi, India
Nature Morte, ‘Photosphere’, New Delhi, India
Nature Morte, ‘Glue: An Exhibition about Collage’, New Delhi, India
NGMA Mumbai, ‘Cutting Edge Contemporary’, New Delhi, India
NSA Gallery [a Pulse Project], ‘Silence Violence’, Durban, South Africa
Project 304, ‘Sorry for the Inconvenience’, Bangkok, Thailand
Sakshi Gallery at Habitat Centre, ‘Creative Space’, New Delhi, India
Sumukha Gallery, ‘Glue’, Bangalore, India
Talwar Gallery, ‘MANGO. Visual Selections of SAWCC Artists’, New York NY
Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery, ‘Under Construction’, Tokyo, Japan

India Habitat Center, ‘Kitch kitch Hota Hai’, New Delhi, India
Sahmat Project, ‘Art On The Move’, New Delhi, India

Kundan Pan Shop, ‘Aar Paar. An Exchange Between five Indian and Pakistani Artists’, Karachi, Pakistan
Lakeeren Art Gallery, ‘Open Circle Exhibition’, Mumbai, India
Nature Morte, ‘of, based on, or obtained by (Tradition)’, New Delhi, India

‘Boxwallahs’, Gurgaon, India
Central Bureau Vande Hogeschool, ‘Hed end aagse Kunst uit India’, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Jim Beard Gallery at CCA, ‘Impact’, New Delhi, India
Nature Morte, ‘___’, New Delhi, India
Nehru Centre, ‘Icons of The Millenium’, Mumbai, India
Sahay Filling Station, Mehrauli Road, N.H.8 (a collaborative work with Subodh Gupta), Sakshi Gallery, ‘Embarkations’, Mumbai, India

British Council, ‘Edge of The Century’, New Delhi, India
Lakeeren Art Gallery, ‘Cryptograms’, Mumbai, India

Edinburgh College of Art, ‘Royal Overseas League Open Exhibition’, Edinburgh, England
Eicher Gallery, ‘Of Women Icons/Stars/Feasts’, New Delhi, India

Bhopal, India Sakshi Gallery, ‘6th Bharat Bhawan Biennal of Contemporary Indian Arts’, Mumbai, India

Art Heritage, ‘Trends in Contemporary Indian Art’, New Delhi, India

Milton Gallery, ‘Aspects of British Figurative Painting (1988-93)’, London, England

Squires Gallery, Newcastle Polytechnic, Newcastle upon Tyne, England


Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters)

ARKEN Art Prize

YFLO Woman Achiever of the Year

The Sanskriti Award