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Nek Chand

1924-2015 (INDIA)

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.

EXHIBITION #7, THE MUSEUM OF EVERYTHING (TASMAINA), 2017/8
JOURNEYS INTO THE OUTSIDE, THE GALLERY OF EVERYTHING (LONDON), 2016/7
EXHIBITION #6, THE KUNSTHAL OF EVERYTHING (ROTTERDAM), 2016
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

THE CATALOGUE OF EVERYTHING #6 THE MUSEUM OF EVERYTHING 2016
EVERYTHING #1, 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