The India Art Fair 2024 was organised in New Delhi at the NSIC Exhibition Grounds, Okhla from February 1st to 4th. Considered South Asia's leading platform for modern & contemporary art, the 15th edition of the India Art Fair featured artists from India and the neighbouring nation, an ode to the rapidly evolving creative environment in the region.
India Art Festival
Founded in 2011, the India Art Festival has come to be a central pillar of the artistic scenery of the Indian subcontinent. Every year, annual art events are held in Delhi, Mumbai, and Bangalore, consisting of artwork from a great expanse of artists. The India Art Festival does not discriminate and creates a bridge between individual artists and art galleries, bringing equality to artists of all backgrounds. Organised by the Indian subsidiary of Angus Montgomery Arts (a London-based art exhibition consulting firm), the primary focus of the art festival is to “democratise art viewing and buying” by fostering a collaborative environment by bringing all stakeholders—art dealers, art galleries, buyers, viewers, collectors—together.
The 15th Edition
The 2024 edition of the India Art Festival—with its theme of ‘Forces of Nature’—was organised in collaboration with BMW and had the highest number of exhibitors yet to feature in the art festival with the participation of more than 100 art galleries and institutions. Showcasing exhibitions of numerous artists—ranging from Raghu Rai with his photos to Siddharth Gohil aka Khatra, whose 100-meter-long carpet welcomes one to the art festival—the 15th edition of the Indian Art Festival featured performative art, outdoor exhibitions, embroideries, workshops and talks, besides the typical art exhibitions.
This year, the art festival introduced a ‘Design section’ for the first time, allowing for greater cross-interaction between different creative disciplines, as seven new studios became a part of the festival, and blurring the artificial boundaries between art and design. It also featured a dedicated section to display the rich cultural and artistic heritage of Hampi, Karnataka.
The India Art Festival also carried within it international flavours of art as it saw participation by countries like the United States of America, the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Germany, France, Australia, Singapore, and Indonesia, among many others.
Keeping in step with the rise of technology and augmented reality, the exhibition also included a panoramic audio-visual canvas that came to life, created using devices like iPads and MacBooks, as it brought a new dimension to the world of the art.
The event, as always, was inclusive as it provided braille guides, tactile representations of key artworks, as well as sign language interpreters, in addition to the usual wheelchair accessibility and services and feeding rooms for mothers.
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