Imran Qureshi

Imran Qureshi
Imran Qureshi (b. 1972, Hyderabad, Pakistan) lives and works in Lahore, Pakistan. He reclaims the regionally rooted discipline of miniature painting that flourished in the Mughal courts of the late sixteenth century, and transports it to the present day. His work constitutes a unique synthesis of traditional motifs and techniques with current issues and the formal language of contemporary abstract painting. Renown for his site-specific installations, he develops an aesthetic that integrates contemporary themes with the motifs and techniques of traditional miniature painting. Leaves and nature represent the idea of life, whilst the colour red (that appears at first glance like real blood) represents death.  The red reminds Qureshi of the situation today in his country, Pakistan, and the world, where violence is almost a daily occurrence.  “But somehow, people still have hope,” Qureshi says “hence the flowers that emerge from the red paint in my work represent the hope that—despite everything—the people sustain somehow, their hope for a better future.”  He works elegantly across the medium of miniature painting, abstract painting as well as large installations, works on paper, as well as video. 
Site-specific installation range internationally from the Sharjah Biennale in 2011, the inaugural exhibition of the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto titled Garden of Ideas: Contemporary Art from Pakistan in 2014, The God of Small Things at the Eli and Edyth Broad Art Museum in Michigan and The Roof Garden Commission at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2013. He participated in the Venice Biennale in the main show: The Encyclopedic Palace, curated by Massimiliano Gioni in 2013. During the winter 2014/15 Ikon Gallery in Birmingham presented a solo exhibition by Imran Qureshi, Deutsche Bank Artist of the Year 2013. In the summer of 2016 in Cornwall, Qureshi’s most ambitious UK exhibition to date takes place.
Imran Qureshi is represented in the permanent collections of major institutions including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York and the Victoria & Albert Museum, London.

Awards

ArtNow Lifetime Achievement Award 2016, Pakistan


Deutsche Bank "Artist of the Year 2013"


 


Solo exhibitions

2017


Imran Qureshi, And That is How We Loved This Too - This Land, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg, Austria


Two Wings To Fly, Not One, Pakistan National Council of the Arts, Islamabad, Pakistan




2016


Newlyn Art Gallery, Newlyn; The Exchange, Penzance and Truro Cathedral, Cornwall


Garden Within a Garden, Cartwright Hall Art Gallery, Bradford


Where the Shadows are So Deep, Barbican, London


Idea of Landscape, Kunsten Museum of Modern Art, Aalborg, Denmark


Imran Qureshi, Museo Civico, San Gimignano, Italy


 


2015


Idea of Landscape, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France


 


2014


Deutsche Bank Artist of the Year 2013: Imran Qureshi, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, UK


Imran Qureshi: The God of Small Things, Eli and Edyth Broad Art Museum, Michigan State University, East Lansing, USA


Midnight Garden, Gandhara Art, Pao Galleries, Hong Kong


All Time Would be Perpetual Spring, Art on the Underground commission, Transport for London, London, UK


 


2013


The Roof Garden Commission: Imran Qureshi’s Miniature Paintings, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA


The Roof Garden Commission: Imran Qureshi, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA


Artist of the Year, Deutsche Bank Kunsthalle, Berlin, Germany


Museo d'Arte Contemporanea Roma (MACRO), Rome, Italy


Salsali Private Museum, Dubai, United Arab Emirates


And They Still Seek The Traces Of Blood..., Zahoor Al Akhlaq Gallery, National College of Arts, Lahore, Pakistan


 


2010


All Are The Colour of My Heart, Chawkandi Art, Karachi, Pakistan


All Are The Colour of My Heart, Rohtas 2, Lahore, Pakistan


Pao Gallery, Hong Kong Art Center, Hong Kong


 


2007


Encounters: Imran Qureshi, Modern Art Oxford, Oxford, UK


Canvas Art Gallery, Karachi, Pakistan


 


2006


Anant Art Gallery, New Delhi, India


 


2004


Corvi-Mora, London, UK


 


2002


Chawkandi Art Gallery, Karachi, Pakistan


 


1996


Rohtas Gallery, Islamabad, Pakistan


 


1995


Alliance Française Gallery, Lahore, Pakistan


Group exhibitions

2016


Other States, Other Lives, Other Souls, Corvi-Mora, London (with Aisha Khalid)




2015


The Great Game, Iranian Pavilion, 56th Venice Biennial, Venice, Italy


Imran Qureshi & Aisha Khalid, Nature Morte, New Delhi, India


 


2014


Eurasia. A view on painting, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Pantin, France


Garden of Ideas: Contemporary Art from Pakistan, Aga Khan Museum, Toronto, Canada


Fields of Vision, Yorkshire Festival 2014, Yorkshire, UK


Don’t you know who I am?, M HKA, The Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerp, Antwerp, USA


 


2013


Extra | ordinary: 37 do-it-yourself art ideas for free, Canvas Gallery, Karachi, Pakistan


The Encyclopedic Palace, 55th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy


In Cloud Country: Abstracting From Nature - From John Constable to Rachel Whiteread, Harewood House, Yorkshire, UK


 


2012


Expanded Drawing, Casal Solleric, Palma, Spain


No Borders, Bristol Museum & Art Gallery (in paternership with Arnolfini), Bristol, UK


Sub-Topical Heat: New Art From South Asia, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth, New Zealand


18th Biennale of Sydney: All our relations, Cockatoo Island, Sydney, Australia


 


2011


Painting Show, Eastside Projects, Birmingham, UK


Realms of Intimacy: Miniaturist Practice from Pakistan, Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, USA


Signature Art Prize Finalist Exhibition, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore, Singapore


Sharjah Biennial 10: Plot For A Biennial, Sharjah Art Museum, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates


Old Intersections – Make It New, 3rd Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki, Greece


Political Patterns – Ornament im Wandel, ifa-Galerie, Berlin, Germany


Intimate Pictures, Pakistani Contemporary Miniatures, Tokyo Gallery + BTAP, Tokyo, Japan


And Nothing But the Truth: The Problem of Parrhesia, IVS Gallery, Karachi, Pakistan


They Said it Was Love...., Lakeeren Art Gallery, Mumbai, India


 


2010


Mazaar Bazaar, Zahoor ul Akhlaq Gallery, National College of Arts, Lahore, Pakistan


Beyond the Page: Contemporary Art from Pakistan, Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena, USA


Corvi-Mora, London, UK


 


2009


Mashq - Repetition Meditation Mediation, Green Cardamom, London, UK


East–West Divan: Contemporary Art from Afghanistan, Iran & Pakistan, La Scuola Grande della Misericordia, Venice, Italy


Hanging Fire, Asia Society, New York, USA


Outside In: Alternative Narratives In Contemporary Art, University Museum and Art Gallery, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China


Die Macht Des Ornaments, Belvedere, Vienna, Austria


 


2008


Living Traditions, Queen’s Palace, Bagh-e-babur, Kabul


 


2007


Friends of Rohtas, Rohtas 2, Lahore, Pakistan


Beyond the Page: Contemporary Art from Pakistan, Foyle Gallery, MAC Arts, Birmingham, UK


Portraits and Vortexes, The Experimental Gallery, Hong Kong Arts Centre, Hong Kong, China


Corvi-Mora, London, UK


 


2006


Beyond the Page: Contemporary Art from Pakistan, Asia House, London, UK


I love my country but I think we should start seeing other people, Jack Hanley Gallery, San Francisco, USA


Singapore Biennale, Singapore, Singapore


 


2005


Karkhana-A contemporary Collaboration, Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, USA


Miniatures Contemporaines Du Pakistan, La Halle Villefranche De Rouergue, France


One to One, Alhamra Art Gallery, Lahore, Pakistan


Re-inventing Narratives, La Galerie Mohamed el Fassi, Morocco


Beyond Borders - Art from Pakistan, National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai, India


A Gathering of Seasons, Triveni Kala Sangam, New Delhi, India


 


2004


Contemporary Miniature Paintings from Pakistan, Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Fukuoka, Japan


Expander, Royal Academy of Arts, 6 Burlington Gardens, London, UK


Playing with a Loaded Gun, Museum Fridericianum Kassel, Kassel, Germany


The Drawn Page, The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, USA


Chawkandi Art Gallery, Karachi, Pakistan


 


2003


Karkhana, Touchstones Art Gallery, Rochdale, UK


Contemporary Miniatures from Pakistan, K3 - Project Space, Zürich, Switzerland


Playing with a Loaded Gun : Contemporary Art in Pakistan, apexart, New York, USA


The American Effect, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, USA


Miniatures Pakistanaises, Maison d'Art Contemporain Chaillioux, Fresnes, France


New Work, Corvi-Mora, London, UK


Negotiating Borders, Siddhartha Art Gallery, Kathmandu, Nepal


 


2002


The Galleries Show: Contemporary Art in London, The Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK


Threads, Dreams, Desires, Harris Museum & Art Gallery, Preston, UK


Around the Miniature, Canvas Gallery, Karachi, Pakistan


 


2001


Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool, UK


Manoeuvering Miniatures, IIC Gallery, New Delhi, India


Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai, India


Ivan Dougherty Gallery, Sydney, Australia


In Conversation, Gallery Espace, New Delhi, India


Corvi-Mora, London, UK


Admit One Gallery, New York, USA


 


2000


Alliance Française, Singapore


"Pakistan Another Vision", Victoria Art Gallery, Bath, UK; Center of Contemporary Art, Glasgow, UK; Huddersfield Art Gallery, Huddersfield, UK; Brunei Gallery, London


Canvas Art Gallery, Karachi


Didrichsen Art Museum, Kuusisaari, Finland


Sim Sim Art Gallery, Lahore (with Farida Batool)


 


1999


Notices Gallery, Singapore, Singapore


Third Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, Brisbane, Australia


Chawkandi Art Gallery, Karachi, Pakistan


 


1998


National Art Gallery, Malaysia, Malaysia


 


1997


Lionel Wiendt Art Gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka


8th Asian Art Biennale, Shilpkala Academy, Bangladesh


Draped & Shaped, Cartwright Hall, Bradford, UK


Off-Set Portfolio Centre, Islamabad, Pakistan


Gallery NCA, Lahore, Pakistan


Bibliography

2014


Eurasia. A View on Painting (exhibition catalogue). Paris: Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, 2014




2013


Bartolomeo Pietromarchi and Friedhelm Huette : Imran Qureshi: Deutsche Bank’s Artist of the Year 2013, MACRO, Rome


Massimiliano Gioni : Il Palazzo Enciclopedico , Fondazione La Biennale di Venezia


In Cloud Country: Abstracting from Nature, Harewood House Trust, Harewood


Vitamin D2: New Perspectives in Drawing, Phaidon, London, pp.226-229


Imran Qureshi: Artist of the Year 2013, Deutsche Bank


Ian Alteveer, Navina Najat Haider and Sheena Wagstaff : The Roof Garden Commission: Imran Qureshi, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York


 


2011


Biennale: 3, 3rd Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki, pp.71-72


Political Patterns: Ornament im Wandel, Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen, Stuttgart, pp.64-75


Véronique Rieffel : Islamania, Institut des Cultures d’Islam, Beaux-Arts editions, Paris, pp.106-107


 


2010


Imran Qureshi : Side by Side, Raking Leaves, London


Iftikhar Dadi, Modernism and the Art of Muslim South Asia, The University of South Carolina Press, p. 220


 


2009


Jemima Montagu and Constance Wyndham : Living Traditions, Turquoise Mountain, pp.104-111


Die Macht Des Ornaments, Belvedere, Wien, pp.94-99


 


2008


Indian Highway, Serpentine Gallery, Koenig Books, December, p.202


 


2007


Il Velo, Centro Sperimentale per le Arti Contemporanee, Silvana Editoriale, p.131


Portraits and Vortexes, Rohtas 2 and Gandhara-Art, Hong Kong


Monsoon Art Collection, Die Keure, Belguim


Public and private collections

Australia
Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane

France
Kadist Art Foundation, Paris

Germany
Deutsche Bank Collection

Japan
Fukuoka Asian Art Museum

Pakistan
National Art Gallery, Islamabad
The Presidency, Islamabad

UK
Bradford Art Galleries and Museums, Bradford
Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, Bristol
Monsoon Art Collection, London
Victoria & Albert Museum, London

USA
The RISD Museum, Rhode Island
University of Chicago Booth School of Business
U.S Department of State
World Bank, Washington
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Harris Museum, Preston