Over 65 Indian contemporary art galleries to show at art fair in Italy

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Works by more than 65 artists from some of India’s largest contemporary galleries will be on display at the next edition of Artissima, the Italian art fair, according to a statement from the Italian Embassy.

Billed as the largest representation of contemporary Indian art, the annual event, to be held November 5-7, will be hosted by Hub India, a platform that brings together contemporary art from the Indian subcontinent.

Curated by Myna Mukherjee and Davide Quardrio, the exhibition will present works from a wide range of genres, mediums and processes, ranging from line drawings and paintings to miniatures and sculptures; terracotta and metal works on paper and canvas, prints and engravings on digital and AI works.

“Crossing the cultural rubicon between modern and contemporary art, these curations reject the colonial attitude of linear progress, instead using tradition as a means of innovation, a continuous renaissance.

“They understand contemporaneity as a telescoping of politics, civilizations and global times in which we live. Works of art can respond to the viewer’s desire to reflect on the multitudes of history, time and geopolitics of the region or to focus entirely on its abundant aesthetic. “, says the press release.

Participating Indian galleries – including Nature Morte, Gallery Espace, Emami Art, Akar Prakar, Art Alive, Latitude 28, Shrine Empire – will showcase works by some of the greatest artists such as Tanya Goel, Bharti Kher, Martand Khosla, GR Iranna, Shambhavi , Bose Krishnamachari, Ganesh Haloi, Manish Pushkale and Noor Ali among others.

The Indian showcase of the fair is supported by the Consulate General of India, the Indian Council for Cultural Relations and the Kiran Nadar Art Museum (KNMA).

The show, which went digital in 2020 following the COVID-19 pandemic, will be hosted in its physical form this year.

Speaking of the curation process, Mukherjee said: “There have been both immense challenges and gratification to say it overall given the current situation in the post-Covid world, but it reaffirms our faith that art is an essential human endeavor. “

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