Taking place annually in the capital city of New Delhi, India Art Fair reflects the country’s fast-developing art scene, as well as offering curated insights into the cultural landscapes of neighbouring states. The fair’s programme draws together galleries, artists, private foundations, arts charities, artists’ collectives, national institutions, cultural events and festivals.
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The Biggest Modern Indian Art fair In The World
India Art Fair is the biggest fair of modern and contemporary Indian art in the world. Its first three editions attracted over 146,000 visitors and its fourth edition held in 2012 canvassed 91 exhibitors from 20 countries. Over the years the fair has mainly showcased Indian modernists (including Bombay Progressive Artists’ Group), Indian diaspora artists such as Anish Kapoor, contemporary Indian artists, international artists and art from the subcontinent.
The 12th edition of India Art Fair takes place at the NSIC Grounds in New Delhi from 30 January – 2 February 2020, in partnership with BMW Group India. Celebrating the very best in South Asian modern and contemporary art, the event will also feature an expanded programme, including live performances, talks and more. Here, we share a selection of highlights:
What To Expect
India Art Fair, previously known as India Art Summit, is an annual Indian modern and contemporary art fair held in New Delhi, India. The fair includes paintings, sculptures, photography, mixed media, prints, drawings and video art.
India Art Fair attracts visitors with an interest in the arts, including curators, artists, collectors, journalists, gallerists and critics. While some visit to acquire art, others view the fair as an exhibition or enjoyable cultural outing. Year round, the fair runs an extensive programme of events, such as education initiatives, artist commissions and pop-up programmes, aiming to increase audiences for the arts within India.
The Fair sees a particularly strong representation of leading Indian galleries, deepening its audience’s engagement with the region’s creative landscape. Complementing the fair’s regional perspective, carefully selected galleries from across Asia, Europe, North and South America showcase their globally-recognised artists, many of whom have never exhibited in the country before. Altogether, the fair features a range of galleries offering unrivalled access to new and exciting art from India, South Asia and beyond.
Who To Look Out For….
- The upcoming edition of India Art Fair will feature a diverse selection of contemporary art galleries from across the country including Chemould Prescott Road, Chatterjee & Lal, Jhaveri Contemporary, Galerie ISA, Project 88, and TARQ (all Mumbai) as well as Art Heritage, Blueprint 12, Exhibit 320, Gallery Espace, Nature Morte, PHOTOINK, Shrine Empire, and Vadehra Art Gallery (all Delhi). Strengthening its commitment to the development and growth of the art scene in India, the fair will welcome back Experimenter, Emami Art (all Kolkata); Art Houz, Gallery Veda (all Chennai); Kalakriti Art Gallery (Hyderabad); GALLERYSKE (Bengaluru, Delhi); The Guild (Alibaug); ZOCA (Ahmedabad, Mannheim), and new participant Gallery White (Vadodara).
- The 2020 showcase will be presented in dialogue with exceptional historical pieces from the region’s leading modernists and India’s most established galleries: DAG, Dhoomimal Gallery, Crayon Art Gallery (all Delhi), alongside limited-edition modernist prints from Archer Art Gallery (Ahmedabad). A contemporary celebration of Pichvai paintings, a traditional art form.
- New international galleries participating in India Art Fair for the first time include: Saskia Fernando Gallery (Colombo, Sri Lanka), PSM(Berlin, Germany), Marc Straus (New York, USA) and Gallery Tableau (Seoul, South Korea). Returning international galleries include David Zwirner (London, UK/New York, USA/Hong Kong), neugerriemschneider (Berlin, Germany), Aicon Art (New York, USA), Aicon Contemporary (New York, USA), Grosvenor Gallery (London, UK), and 1X1 Art Gallery (Dubai, UAE).
- This year the fair expands on its programme with new artist led workshops and display by Artists in Residence featuring specialist run sessions ranging from drawing and illustration to paper and zine making by artists Gagan Singh and Ghiora Aharoni, Marcel Dzama, Manisha Parekh and Renuka Rajiv.
- Offering a public platform for dialogues and discussions, Auditorium Talks, will feature artist presentations, memorial lectures and conversations across the artworld. Celebrating critical experimentation and the work of artists, curators, critics, collectors and institutions across the globe, highlights from the artist talks include modernist Nilima Sheikh, Turner prize nominated Bangladeshi-British artist Naeem Mohaiemen, Polish-German sculptural installation artist Alicja Kwade and Magnum photographer Martin Parr.
- The Bookshop and Cafe will feature an extended range of publications including self-published art books, magazines, exhibition catalogues, graphic novels and zines, as well as art supplies, stationery and products, complimented by conversational sessions, workshops and masterclasses targeted at young students and collectors.
- Marking their fifth year with India Art Fair, Presenting Partner BMW Group India will return to the fair to exclusively showcase the 4th BMW Art Car created by Andy Warhol with the BMW M1 in 1979. Andy Warhol is one of the nineteen prominent artists from across the world to have created Art Cars using contemporary BMW automobiles of their times, all offering a wide range of artistic interpretations.
Fri, 01.02.2019 & Sat, 02.02.2019: 2 – 7pm
Sun, 03.02.2019: 10am – 6pm
Student Pass: INR 350 (Admits one; single entry)
1 Day Pass: INR 700 (Admits one; single entry)
3 Day Pass:INR 1,700 (Admits one; multiple entry)
The fair also offers Single Day and Weekend tickets, as well as concessions for full-time students.