Idris Khan, Seven Times, 2017.
Installation shot, The New Art Gallery Walsall. Photo: Jonathan Shaw.
Contemporary Exhibitions

Idris Khan
A World Within

The New Art Gallery Walsall is delighted to present a major survey exhibition by artist Idris Khan.

The exhibition will bring together significant bodies of work drawing on a range of interests including classical music, the history of art, literature, philosophy and religion.

Whether working with photography, painting, sculpture, moving image or installation, Khan employs a continual process of creation and erasure, adding layers upon layers, concealing and revealing to explore ideas around time, memory, creativity and spirituality.


This exhibition is particularly special for both the artist and the Gallery as Khan grew up in Walsall. The earliest work White Court (2001) is a photograph of a squash court wall, taken at this former primary school where his late mother used to play. This image demonstrates Khan’s first fascination with photography’s inherent relationship to painting. Two new layered glass paintings will be included in the exhibition, as well as a sculpture seen for the first time in the UK.


The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated publication with an essay by Oliver Basciano. It is designed by Herman Lelie in close collaboration with the artist.