NEW DELHI – The India Art Fair opened on Thursday with modern works from around the world that show the growing market in the country.
The contemporary art fair of India was in its 12th year in 2020 featuring pieces from 81 galleries from 20 international cities.
This year’s event had exhibitions from several of the most-recognised Asian galleries and a continued presence of heavyweights from the international art world.
German’s Neugerriemschneider gallery in Berlin and the American David Zwirner Gallery, two of the most reputed art museums in the world, participated for the second and third consecutive times at the show, which was attended by collectors and buyers of the South Asian country.
Neugerriemschneider exhibited pieces by Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, including one of his sculptures from his series Iron Tree and Pillar of Porcelain Pots.
The gallery also introduced the Danish-Icelandic Olafur Eliasson with a complex piece of 500 glass spheres called All your views.
Burkhard Riemschneider of Neugerriemschneider described the Indian market as small but “very interesting.”
“We do the fair now for the second time and what you can see here (...) we could have done it anywhere else in the world, we could have done it in Basel, could have done it in Hong Kong,” he told EFE.
“I think it is important to show the audience that you take them seriously,” he added.
Jagdip Jagpal, director of the fair, highlighted the emphasis of the event to consolidate the Asian art market and attract international collectors.
“Year on year it grows but sometimes it loses its intensity and now we have brought it back to being a south Asian India-based art fair, that is the most important thing,” he told EFE.
The Isa Gallery in Mumbai was another of the regular exhibitions in the last four years at the fair, and has been growing the consumption of international art, and the interest of collectors for an increasingly global art.
Gallery representative Pedro Colque said Western art used to be difficult for Indian collectors to understand but that this has changed in an increasingly global market.
Other galleries that exhibited at the fair for the first time included Marc Straus of New York, PMS from Berlin and Gallery Tableau in Seoul.
This year’s show, sponsored by BMW India, also featured a BMW M1 painted by Andy Warhol in 1979, which testified to the contribution to pop art made by the American artist.