NEK CHAND SAINI 
1924-2015 (INDIA)

BIOGRAPHY
The Indian figurative sculptor, recycler and landscape architect, Nek Chand Saini's informal art environment in India, encompassing two square miles of walkways and populated assemblies, is known as the Rock Garden of Chandigarh.

Despite an immeasurably high attendance of over 10,000 daily, its recently-deceased creator never regarded himself as an artist. Nor did he see the unauthorised land-grab which formed the basis of his monumental artwork as a political gesture. Yet its radical organic form and content remains a playful contrast to the concrete structures and modernist city-plan designed by that disruptive visionary architect, Le Corbusier.

Literature

THE CATALOGUE OF EVERYTHING #6, THE MUSEUM OF EVERYTHING 2016

THE CATALOGUE OF EVERYTHING, THE MUSEUM OF EVERYTHING 2010

Nek Chand, Lucienne Peiry and Philippe Lespinasse (Flammarion) 2005

Vernacular Visionaries, John Maizels (Yale University Press) 2003

Spontaneous alternatives, Colin Rhodes (Thames & Hudson) 2000

Raw Creation, John Maizels (Phaidon) 2000

Fantasy Worlds, John Maizels (Taschen) 1999

Contesting Boundaries, Vera Zolberg and Joni Maya Cherbo (Cambridge University Press) 1997

Parallel Visions, Maurice Tuchman and CE Eliel (LACMA) 1992

Nek Chand, Bennett Schiff (Smithsonian 15) 1984

Exhibitions

Nek Chand, Architecture Biennale (Venice) 2016

Nek Chand, Pallant House (Chichester) 2015

Raw Vision, Halle Saint Pierre (Paris) 2014

ALTERNATIVE GUIDE TO THE UNIVERSE, HAYWARD GALLERY (London) 2013

EXHIBITION #1.1, THE MUSEUM OF EVERYTHING (Paris) 2012-13

EXHIBITION #1, THE MUSEUM OF EVERYTHING (LONDON + TURIN) 2009/10

Nek Chand, RIBA (Liverpool) 2007

Kingdom of Nek Chand, Collection de l’Art Brut (Lausanne) 2005