Exhibitions/ Phenomenal Nature: Mrinalini Mukherjee

Phenomenal Nature: Mrinalini Mukherjee

June 4–September 29, 2019

Exhibition Catalogue

This revelatory monograph introduces a new generation of scholars, art historians, and artists to Mukherjee's masterful fiber art.

Buy Now

Exhibition Overview

Phenomenal Nature marks the first retrospective of the artist in the United States. The exhibition brings together fifty-seven works by Mukherjee and explores the artist's longstanding engagement with fiber, along with her significant forays into ceramic and bronze towards the middle and latter half of her career.

A committed sculptor who worked intuitively, Mukherjee explored the divide between figuration and abstraction. Nature was her primary inspiration, and she was further informed by her enthusiasm for Indian historic sculpture, modern design, and local crafts and textile traditions. Phenomenal Nature highlights the radical intervention Mukherjee made in her adaptation of crafting techniques with a modernist formalism.

Accompanied by a catalogue.

View or download the exhibition guide (PDF).

Featured Media


"A stupendous, spellbinding rapture. . . . an artist who transcends generational and cultural associations to stand in a class of her own."—Hyperallergic

"One of the most arresting museum experiences of the season. It is an astonishment."—New York Times

"If you are in, near, or just flitting through New York, get to the Met Breuer's thrilling retrospective of Mrinalini Mukherjee"—Financial Times

"Vegetal, sexual, exquisite, and strange. . . . newly discovered objects of worship from some fecund alternate world" —The New Yorker

"An astounding retrospective"—Hyperallergic

The exhibition is made possible by Nita and Mukesh Ambani and the Reliance Foundation.

Reliance Foundation

Additional support is provided by the Estate of Brooke Astor, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, and The Coby Foundation, Ltd.

Mrinalini Mukherjee (Indian, 1949–2015). Vriksh Nata (Arboreal Enactment), 1991–92. Fiber (hemp), left: 66 1/8 x 35 3/8 x 26 3/4 in. (168 x 90 x 68 cm); center: 87 3/8 x 53 1/8 x 19 5/8 in. (222 x 135 x 50 cm); right: 93 1/4 x 46 x 27 1/8 in. (237 x 117 x 69 cm). Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, New Delhi