Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke
MANISH NAI, Untitled, 2018, compressed used clothes
MANISH NAI, Untitled, 2018, compressed used clothes. 21 sculptures, 80 x 3 x 3 in each


The abstract, formally spare and physically compacted work of Manish Nai stems from his dialogue with certain emblematic examples of late Western Modernist art, coupled with his preoccupation with materiality, which pushes his practice towards the making of simple, unitary forms that are salient in Minimalism.

Nai decides to exploit his material's malleability – by twisting and wringing and folding it – and then shapes and compresses its tactile voluptuousness into fairly monumental rectangular or square slabs. The process of compressing the materials – jute, corrugated cardboard, newspapers, old clothes – hardens their initial malleability, desiccates their ductility, transforming them into flattened fossilized versions of themselves.  

The particular process deployed by him has led his work to take a more playful turn as in the slender 'poles' or 'beams' made of compressed clothes that are portable, lighter to handle, more vivid in their colouristic appeal. These are either serially propped up against a wall (recalling the similar disposition of a series of distaffs in a famous work by Jannis Kounellis) or piled up in a heap on the floor. Considered individually, the pole cannot but recall the portable coloured wooden staff that was a signature pictorial element of Andre Cadere's performative and conceptual practice. 

Deepak Ananth

Born 1980, in Gujarat, India
Diploma in Drawing and Painting, L S Raheja School of Art, Mumbai
Lives and works in Mumbai

Solo Exhibitions

2019   'Manish Nai – Recent Works', Galerie Karsten Greve, Cologne
2018   'Manish Nai – New Works', Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, Mumbai 
2018   'Manish Nai', Het Noordbrabants Museum, The Netherlands
2017   'Manish Nai', Fondation Fernet-Branca, St. Louis, France
2016   'Matter as Medium', Galerie Karsten Greve, Paris, France
2015   'Manish Nai', Kavi Gupta Gallery, Chicago, USA
2014   'Manish Nai', Galerie Karsten Greve, St. Moritz, Switzerland
2013   'Sculpting in Time', presented by Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke at Art Basel, Hong Kong
2012   'COMPACT', Galerie Gebr. Lehmann, Berlin, Germany
2010   'Extramural', Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, Mumbai, India
2009   'Manish Nai – New Works', Galerie Karsten Greve, Cologne, Germany
2007   ‘Minimal Structures’, Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, Mumbai, India
2005   'Threading A Coded Path', Apparao Galleries, Delhi and Chennai, India

Group Exhibitions

2019   'Alchemy' presented by Arvind Indigo Museum at the Kasturbhai Lalbhai Museum, Ahmedabad
2019   India Art Fair, New Delhi. Presented by Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke
2019   'Connecting Threads: Textiles in Contemporary Practice', curated by Tasneem Zakaria Mehta and Puja Vaish, Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Mumbai
2018   'Trees of Life – Knowledge in Material', NTU Centre for Contemporary Art, Singapore
2018   'A Beast, A God, and A Line', curated by Cosmin Costinas, Dhaka Art Summit, Dhaka, Bangladesh
2018   India Art Fair, presented by Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, New Delhi, India
2018   'Asymmetrical Objects', curated by Tasneem Mehta and Himanshu Kadam, Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Mumbai, India
2018   'Building / Environments', permanent collection display, Smart Museum of Art, Chicago, USA
2018  'The Sculpture Park at Madhavendra Palace', curated by Peter Nagy, Nahargarh Fort, Jaipur, India
2017   'DWELLING, 10th Anniversary Show (Part II)', Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, Mumbai, India
2016   ‘Gallerists as Interventionists: Collaboration as Strategy’, Lakeeren Gallery, Mumbai, India
2016   'Abstract Chronicles', curated by Girish Shahane, Gallery OED, Kochi, India
2015   'Prudential Eye Award Exhibition', Art Science Museum, Singapore
2014   2nd Kochi-Muziris Biennale ‘Whorled Explorations’ curated by Jitish Kallat, Kochi, India
2014   'Ethereal', curated by Dr. Amin Jaffer, Leila Heller Gallery, New York, USA
2014   'Midnight's Grandchildren', curated by Girish Shahane, Studio X, Mumbai, India
2013   'The Material Point: Reconsidering the Medium in the (Post)modern Moment', curated by Kathleen Wyma, Gallery OED, Kochi, India
2012   'The Indian Parallax or the Doubling of Happiness', curated by Shaheen Merali, Birla Academy of Art & Culture, Kolkata, India
2012   'news', with Eberhard Havekost, Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, Mumbai, India
2012   'examples to follow!', curated by Adrienne Goehler, Prince of Wales Museum, Mumbai, India
2012   9th Shanghai Biennale – Mumbai Pavilion, curated by Diana Campbell Betancourt and Susan Hapgood, Shanghai, China
2011   'Abstract Articulations', Gallery Espace, New Delhi, India
2011   'Home Spun', curated by Girish Shahane, Devi Art Foundation, Gurgaon, India
2009   'Relative Visa', curated by Bose Krishnamachari, Bodhi Art Gallery, Mumbai, India
2008   Gallery Weekend, presented by Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke at the Baumwollspinnerei, Leipzig, Germany
2007   1st Anniversary Exhibition, Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, Mumbai, India
2005   'Present-Future', curated by Dr. Saryu Doshi, National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai, India


2015   Prudential Eye Award for Painting, Singapore
2004   Pollock-Krasner Foundation Award 2004-2005, New York


2016   'Kunstler: Kritisches Lexikon der Gegenwartskunst', published by Kunsthandel Verlag GMBH, Frankfurt, Germany
2015   'MANISH NAI', published by Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, Mumbai, India
2013   Featured in 'Vitamin D2 – New Perspectives in Drawing' (PHAIDON)



MANISH NAI – Paper City and Ghost Modernity

December 05, 2018 - March 07, 2019


February 23, 2012 - March 31, 2012

Manish Nai – Extramural

August 06, 2010 - September 22, 2010

Manish Nai – Minimal Structures

November 05, 2007 - November 30, 2007


The man in the burlap cloak

by Gayatri Jayaraman, India Today 

Manish Nai

by Editors, Arts Illustrated 

Artistic Tale

by Editors, Mumbai Mirror 

The Art of Growing Cultural Capital

by Abhishek Poddar, India Today 

Vitamin for the soul

by Editors, Mumbai Mirror  

For Arts Sake

by Bandana Tewari, Vogue