New York


The Met Breuer
945 Madison Avenue

Curated by Shanay Jhaveri

Adopting fiber as her medium in the late 1960s, Mrinalini Mukherjee created singular knotted-rope sculptures composed of undulating folds, soft crevasses, and drooping protuberances. Teetering between figuration and abstraction, her efflorescent forms revel in the sublime fecundity of nature; undeniably sexual, they also echo classical Indian sculpture. In the mid-1990s, Mukherjee shifted to ceramics, and subsequently to bronze, and this comprehensive exhibition includes sixty works in all three media, ranging from a never-before-shown 1972 fiber piece to a majestic bronze completed a week before her tragically premature death at age sixty-five in 2015. Mukherjee’s aggression-tinged bronzes seem to channel nature’s growing malevolence, as our calamitous actions hurtle us toward our own extinction. A monograph edited by curator Shanay Jhaveri will accompany the exhibition and will feature texts by art historians Naman Ahuja, Deepak Ananth, Emilia Terracciano, and Grant Watson alongside previously unpublished archival material.