India art events worth traveling for in 2012

India art events worth traveling for in 2012

Why we want to go to Mumbai, Chennai and Kochi before the end of the year

Start the year with Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai as art destinations then pencil in an oil massage after the Kochi Biennale at the year’s end.

January, New Delhi: India Art Fair changes things up

India art eventsIndia's biggest art fair starts off 2012 with a bang.

The India Art Fair comes of age through a partnership with Art Hong Kong co-founders Sandy Angus and Will Ramsay.

This means becoming a part of the largest network of art fairs in the world. Big name galleries from Europe like Hauser & Wirth, Galleria Continua and White Cube are participating while the Lisson Gallery returns for the third time.

Closing on January 29, the fourth India Art Fair is a chance to see original works by Miro, Picasso, Antony Gormley, Mona Hatoum and Damien Hirst.

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This year, the talks at the Speaker's Forum will be free and an initiative called "India Art Fair Collector's Circle" will run seminars, studio visits and curated walks with the aim of removing the intimidation of engaging with art.

February, Mumbai: The German invasion

India art events"The House of the Atlanteans" by Miguel Rothschild is part of "Examples to Follow!"

One of Europe's most prominent cultural debaters, Adrienne Goehler conceptualized the "Examples to Follow!" exhibition that has traveled internationally and will come to Mumbai February 5 to March 10.

Goehler's project attempts to bring aesthetics and sustainability into focus through contemporary art. A range of sculptures, video works, photographs, performances and installations address the cultural dimension of sustainability.

The exhibition is also designed to be a think tank for artists, scientists, inventors and visitors to come up with new eco-solutions. Documentaries, workshops and panel discussions will accompany the exhibition.

This monumental show has involved Indian and German artists. Sharmila Samant, Madhushree Dutta, Ravi Agarwal and Manish Nai have been co-opted into the show alongside Gustavo Romano, Petra Maitz,  and Dina Shenhav.

"Examples to Follow!" will open in two phases on February 4 and February 12, spread across five galleries including Galerie Max Mueller, Studio X, Premchand Roychand Gallery, Project 88 and Gallery Maskara.

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March, Chennai: Spotlighting the south

India art eventsLast year, Art Chennai used a wall of the Taj Coromandel hotel to take art out into public spaces.

From March 11-18, the annual Art Chennai engages the art community through shows and talks.

Strategically positioned in the south of the country, this is a hub for galleries from Hyderabad, Bangalore and Kochi to increase their artists' viewership.

Art Chennai does not have a consolidated venue like the India Art Fair in Delhi, instead, it functions out of a main hotel venue and several of the city’s private galleries for that one week.

Like last year, when artworks lit up the side facade of the Taj Coromandel, this year too, there will be several public installations including "Catastrophe" which will be on Marina beach.

The expo also includes "To Let The World In," a four-part exhibition by art historian and curator Chaitanya Sambrani, which brings together the work of about 30 multigenerational contemporary artists about the narrative movement in India. To be held at the Lalit Kala Regional Centre from March 15-April 10.

December, Kochi: The big deal

India art eventsPoster for the Kochi-Muziris Biennale, India's most anticipated year-end art event.

What everyone in the art community is truly excited about this year: the Kochi-Muziris Biennale (KMB)

The build-up started in June 2010 when India debuted at the Venice Biennale with its own pavilion.

Now we finally get our own art biennale.

The KMB, a non-profit art event set to launch this December, is co-founded by artists Bose Krishnamachari and Riyas Komu and organized by the Kochi Biennale Foundation.

It hopes to introduce ambitious contemporary international visual art practices and theory to India and to showcase new Indian and international art.

The Durbar Hall in Kochi, the primary venue for the biennale, has been renovated and will serve as a community gallery for local and international shows throughout the year.

Other non-traditional venues in Fort Kochi, Matancherry and surrounding islands will be used during the biennale as well.

But in a conceptual coup of sorts, Muziris, the ancient port, has been co-opted as the other venue of the biennale.

An archaeological site that has unearthed exciting finds, the port's 19th-century heritage buildings are undergoing renovation. Now you can see contemporary art alongside.

Adequate transport is being organized between the sites; like Venice, you have an option to get to them by boat.


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