For connoisseurs of art, design, photography and architecture, the highlight of the year is the India Art Fair. Every February, at the brink of summer, shadows from light installations fill up the few empty walls that remain untouched by galleries that make their way to the capital, from across the world. The fair, this year, stands to be a refreshing change from the usual as the reigns change hands with Jagdip Jagpal, the new Fair Director. From live events to industry debates and artist talks, the fair will bear witness to an all-encompassing season. In conversation with the curators, we unearthed some things that you will want to keep an eye out for.
‘Yashodha and Krishna’, Raja Ravi Varma
Works of Indian Artists that have never been displayed publicly.
The nine artist honoured with the title of ‘Nation Treasure’ by the Indian government will have some of their most iconic artworks exhibited at booth number 11. Works like ‘Yashodha and Krishna’ by Raja Ravi Varma and other modern artists will be seen at the fair. Photographic pieces that have never been seen before like the print from the Umrao Sher – Gil estate (project by Photoink) will also make a debut at the fair.
A moving image work by Hetain Patel.
What’s more exciting than digital artworks? Moving image works. Other than digital works, the fair will feature artist talks and industry debates with South Asia’s most established artists, to present on recent international exhibitions and projects.
17th edition, BMW M3 GT2
BMW Art Car by Jeff Koons
Art, photography, design, AND cars. This line-up keeps getting better by the minute. Connoisseurs of automobiles and art will be pleased to know that the presenting partner, BMW will exhibit the 17th edition, BMW M3 GT2, reflecting the cultural and historical development of art, design and technology.
Fire from the Sun, Michaël Borremans
Once you’ve experienced the Indian art scene, you might want to bear witness to international art works at the fair. Galleries from across the world, participating for the first time include David Zwirner (London, UK/New York, USA/Hong Kong), Blain | Southern (London, UK/Berlin, Germany), Karla Osorio Gallery (Brasilia, Brazil), Mo J Gallery (Busan, South Korea) and Richard Koh Fine Art (Singapore/Kuala Lumpur). Sabrina Amrani (Madrid, Spain), Aicon Gallery (New York, USA), baudoin lebon (Paris, France/Seoul, South Korea), 1X1 Art Gallery (Dubai, UAE) and Lukas Feichtner Galerie (Vienna, Austria).
Fio Cookhouse & Bar
An endless variety of F&B
Fret not, food lovers, there are plenty of delectable baked items from Elma’s Bakery, Keventer’s mouthwatering milkshakes, and pizzas to die for from Fat Lulu’s.
Tickets available at insider.in