Major focus on South Asia at upcoming India Art Fair

New Delhi, Jan 10 (IANS) The best of the established and emerging South Asian galleries, artists and artist collectives would be provided an opportunity to exhibit on an established international platform at the upcoming India Art Fair, its organisers said on Tuesday.

“This year Platform participants include Britto Arts Trust (Dhaka in Bangladesh), Nepal Art Council (Kathmandu in Nepal), Theertha International Artists’ Collective (Colombo in Sri Lanka) and Blueprint 12 (New Delhi in India),” the organisers said in a statement here.

The Speakers’ Forum at the India Art Fair — scheduled to take place from February 2 to 5 here — will also have an exciting programme that will present artists, curators, critics, administrators, academics, gallerists and collectors, said the organisers — leading international live marketing company MCH Group, internationally renowned group of exhibition organising companies Angus Montgomery and founding director Neha Kirpal.

In an attempt to explore the future of museums, Richard Armstrong (Director, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation, New York) and Sheena Wagstaff (Leonard A. Lauder Chairman of Modern and Contemporary Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York) will come together in a panel discussion.

The two experts will together explore the subject in a lively discussion before the audience here.

“BMW Art Talk: The Art of Collecting” is another much anticipated session in which Thomas Girst (Head of Cultural Engagement BMW Group, Munich) and Sheikha Hoor Al Qasimi (President and Director of the Sharjah Art Foundation) will look at the diverse field of collecting.

Sharing their perspectives on South Asian art will be Pooja Sood (Director of Khoj International Artists Association, New Delhi), Alessio Antonelli (Director of Gasworks, London) and Boon Hui Tan (Director, Asia Society Museum, Singapore) in a session on “Perspectives from Networks of South Asian Art”.

The Speakers’ Forum will also facilitate intimate conversations between collectors from India and across the globe with speakers who will provide a glimpse into their private collections. Some of the well known names featuring in the segment are French art collectors Jean-Conrad and Isabelle Lemaître; Brussels-based collector Frederic de Goldschmidt and one of India’s leading art collectors Anurag Khanna.

“The international engagement through these sessions is complemented by a comprehensive Collectors’ Programme highlighting the fair’s ongoing efforts to further cultivate its networks, both within India and internationally,” the organisers said.

The 2017 edition of the fair will feature both long-standing representatives of Indian art and new exhibitors from around the globe who are keen to develop relationships with the Indian art market, including Kalfayan Galleries (Athens), Grey Noise (Dubai), 1×1 Gallery (Dubai), Sabrina Amrani (Madrid) and Lukas Feichtner Galerie (Vienna).

“Focused initiatives are planned with individual collectors, large groups and delegates from prestigious institutions, many of whom are coming for the first time, including Santa Barbara Museums, Singapore Art Museum, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology, University of Oxford, Rhode Island School of Design, United States, and The Guimet Museum in France,” said the organisers.

Founded in 2008, India Art Fair is one of South Asia’s leading platform for modern and contemporary art.