India Art Fair preview: What to expect in 2022

Aravani Art Collective, Reveals, 2020, courtesy of Aravani Art Project

More than 10 institutions are participating in the fair, many of which will showcase large-scale interactive outdoor projects from last year. Right from the entrance and walkway of the fair, which will be decorated with murals painted by Aravani Art Project – a collective of trans artists based in Bengaluru – and an open-air library of art books by Serendipity Arts Foundation . Some of India’s biggest cultural festivals, such as the Kochi-Muziris Biennale and the Chennai Photo Biennale, will be at the fair, as well as the HH Art Spaces performance center run by artist Nikhil Chopra.

We have noticed a great appetite for digital art among millennials. This year the fair will feature an extensive “Young Collectors Program”, a social and educational initiative that engages the next generation of art buyers.

Additionally, the IAF Bookstore and Cafe is a museum-style space and popular with audiences of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds. You can find a wide range of art books, magazines, photo books and artist fanzines in the CMYK store. Among the books launched at the fair, there is a photo book again as a comparison of the visions of Raghu Rai and the French Ambassador to India Emmanuel Lenain on the other’s country, and the highly anticipated Moving Focus, India: new perspectives on modern and contemporary art, which explores five favorite works of art made anytime since 1900 by artists living in or identifying with India’s diaspora, who have been nominated by a group of artists, curators, art historians , writers and academics. We also have a variety of stationery and art supplies for sale at the bookstore through partners such as Molotow, Hobbycraft and the Art Industry.

Visakh Menon, Resonance, 2020, courtesy of Blueprint12

The show is a space to spot important trends, and the buzzword this year has undoubtedly been NFT. The show will feature a range of new NFTs presented by Terrain Art and will also host an “Auditorium Talk” on art and technology.

Finally, I would like to mention our association with BMW, which has supported art for 50 years. We are proud to have BMW India as a presenting partner for the sixth consecutive year. For 2022, we have worked very hard to present the commission “The future is born of art”, with the aim of giving back to the artistic community, and also to give an Indian artist the opportunity to design the packaging. vinyl from BMW’s new electric vehicle.

For BMW Artist Films, a series of studio tours and interviews with Indian artists, we commissioned films on Baaraan Ijlal, Dia Mehhta Bhupal, Ayesha Singh, Manjunath Kamath and Rameshwar Broota.

The 2022 program is looking good, covering our annual BMW Art Talk with a prominent Indian artist inspiring change, as well as other artist-led presentations and conversations on arts and crafts related to our Platform section, and we hope to offer something for everyone at the just

– As said to Arshia Dhar


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