Amar Kanwar

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Amar Kanwar

(b. 1964, New Delhi, India. Lives and works in New Delhi.)

Amar Kanwar has been the recipient of numerous awards including the Best Public Service Short Film Award at the Vatavaran International Environment Film Festival, New Delhi, India (2012), an Honorary Doctorate in Fine Arts from the Maine College of Art, Portland, Maine (2006), the Edvard Munch Award for Contemporary Art, Norway (2005), the MacArthur Fellowship in India (2000), and the Golden Gate Award, San Francisco International Film Festival (1999). Amar Kanwar has exhibited internationally at such institutions as the Fotomuseum Winterthur, Zurich (2012), the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2008), the Whitechapel Art Gallery, London (2007), the National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Oslo (2006), the Fotogallerie, Oslo (2005), and the Renaissance Society, Chicago (2004). Kanwar has participated in Documenta 13,12, and 11 (2013, 2007, 2002), and has had retrospectives at numerous film festivals including the 5th International Documentary and Short Film Festival of Kerala, Kerala State (2012), the Documentary Dream Show, Tokyo (2010), the Parallel Perspectives Film Festival, Hyderabad (2008), and the 9th International Short Film Festival, Bangladesh (2005).


The Lightning Testimonies. The Assam State Museum, Kiran Nadar Museum of Art and North East Network, India
Amar Kanwar: The Sovereign Forest, Edinburgh Art Festival, Edinburgh, Scotland
Amar Kanwar : The Lightning Testimonies, Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois
Amar Kanwar, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield, UK
Amar Kanwar : The Sovereign Forest, Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary-Augarten, Vienna
Amar Kanwar: Evidence, Fotomuseum Winterthur, Zurich, Switzerland
Amar Kanwar: A Love Story + Henningsvaer, Babel Art Space, Trondheim, Norway
The Artists Cinema 2010, LUX and the Independent Cinema Office (ICO), London, UK | special preview evening at Tate Modern
Amar Kanwar, Marian Goodman Gallery, New York
Amar Kanwar Film Huis Den Haag, The Hague, Netherlands. (Selection from ‘The Torn First Pages’) In collaboration with ‘Movies that Matter Amnesty International Film Festival’


Experiments with Truth: Gandhi and Images of Nonviolence. International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum, Geneva, Switzerland
Word. Sound. Power., Khoj Studios, International Artists’ Association, New Delhi, India
In the Aftermath of Trauma – Contemporary Video Installations, Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum at Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri, (‘The Lightning Testimonies’)
Is it What You Think ?, Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, India (‘The Lightning Testimonies’)
On the Road/En el camino, curated by Gloria Moure, exhibition installed throughout historic buildings of Santiago de Compostela, Spain
Une histoire, art, architecture et design, des années 80 à aujourd’hui, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France
Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Torino, Italy
Gwangju Biennal, Gwangju, South Korea
The Committed View, The Francisco Godia Foundation, Barcelona, Spain
Experiments with Truth: Gandhi and Images of Non Violence, The Menil Collection, Houston
Where do I end and you begin, Edinburg Arts Festival, Scotland
Connecting _Unfolding, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul, South Korea
Fractured Narratives: A Strategy to Engage, Cornell Fine Arts Museum, Florida, USA
Word. Sound. Power. Khoj Studios, International Artists’ Association, New Delhi, India
Sweet Dew - Since 1980, Gwangju Museum of Art, Gwangju, South Korea
Fractured Narratives: A Strategy to Engage, Cornell Fine Arts Museum, Rollins College, Winter Park, Florida
No Country: Contemporary Art for South and Southeast Asia, The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York
No Borders, Arnolfini, Bristol, UK
Sharjah Biennale 11: Re:emerge – Towards a New Cultural Cartography, United Arab Emirates
Documenta (13), Kassel, Germany
Indian Highway, Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing
Newtopia, The State of Human Rights, Visual Arts Flanders, Belgium
Lines of Control: Partition as a Productive Space, Herbert F. Johnson Museum, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
1st Kochi-Muziris Biennale, Kerala, India
Being Singular Plural: Moving Images from India, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York
Paris-Delhi-Bombay: India Through the Eyes of Indian and French Artists, Centre Pompidou, Paris
Sharjah Biennale, Sharjah. (‘The Torn First Pages Part I, II, III’)
On Line: Drawing Through the Twentieth Century, Museum of Modern Art, New York (‘A Season Outside’)
Against All Odds: A Contemporary response to the Historiography of Archiving, Collecting and Museums in India. Lalit Kala Academy, New Delhi (Selection from ‘The Torn First Pages + Henningsvaer + A Love Story’)
Indian Highway, MAC-Musée d’Art Contemporain, Lyon (France) (‘The Lightning Testimonies’); Museo nazionale delle arti del XXI secolo, Rome, Italy
October Salon, Belgrade, Serbia (The Lightning Testimonies)
29th Sao Paulo Biennale, Sao Paulo, Brasil (‘The Lightning Testimonies’)
India 2011, Babel Art Space, Trondheim, Norway
1st Equator Biennial, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
You Have Been There, Galerie Marian Goodman, Paris
Contemplating the Void: Interventions in the Guggenheim Museum,” Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York
Indian Highway, HEART Herning Museum of Contemporary Art, Herning, Denmark
Being Singular Plural: Moving Images from India, Deutsche Guggenheim Museum, Berlin, Germany
Signs of Life, Kunstmuseum Luzern, Luzern, Switzerland
Göteborgs Internatinella Konstbiennal, Göteborg, Sweden (‘The Lightning Testimonies’)
The symbolic efficiency of the frame, Tirana Biennale, Tirana, Albania (‘The Smile’)
Significant and Insignificant Events, Museum of Modern Art, Istanbul, Turkey, (‘A Season Outside’)
Indian Highway,Astrup Fernley Museum, Oslo, Norway (‘The Lightning Testimonies’)

Amar Kanwar Exhibitions

Amar Kanwar
Amar Kanwar

March 16 - April 24, 2010
New York

Trouble at the Front (TROUBLES AUX FRONTIÈRES)
Trouble at the Front (TROUBLES AUX FRONTIÈRES)

in collaboration with Caroline Bourgeois
March 14 - April 18, 2009

Amar Kanwar
Amar Kanwar

March 8 - April 12, 2008

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