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Mega Edition For India Art Fair

With 109 Exhibitors, including 72 galleries, the fair embraced handmade and limited-edition design by pioneering studios for the first time.

India Art Fair, the prominent platform showcasing modern and contemporary art from India and South Asia, kicked off its 15th edition at the NSIC Exhibition Grounds in New Delhi with an exclusive invite-only preview. Running from February 1-4, 2024, in collaboration with BMW India, India Art Fair 2024 featured an impressive lineup of 109 exhibitors, including 72 galleries and significant regional and international art institutions.

A notable aspect of this edition was the inclusion of 31 new exhibitors, introducing seven new design studios in its inaugural collectible design section. As the largest edition to date, India Art Fair continued its commitment to showcase the best of modern and contemporary South Asian art alongside major international artists. Additionally, the fair embraced handmade and limited-edition design by pioneering studios for the first time, reinforcing its position as the leading platform for art and culture in the region.

To commemorate its 15th edition, the fair presented its most ambitious program of talks, workshops, and performances. This initiative aimed to activate the fairgrounds as a space for direct engagement with artists, designers, and arts specialists. Beyond gallery presentations, the fair featured new commissions and large-scale outdoor art projects, led by artists and supported by the fair’s network of South Asian and international arts organizations, foundations, and patrons.

In conjunction with the fair, New Delhi’s rich cultural offerings were highlighted through an extensive Parallel Programme of gallery exhibitions and activations across the city. This celebrated the vibrant arts scene of the region and beyond.

Jaya Asokan, Fair Director, India Art Fair, expressed, “For the past 15 years, the fair has been a celebration of the very best of South Asian creativity, and in 2024, we are taking this even further with our biggest edition yet and the inauguration of our very first Design section. Complementing the gallery displays, we are also hosting our most ambitious programme of commissions, projects, talks, and workshops yet, showcasing the diversity and power of artistic talent from across India and the wider region.”

The fair featured 12 international galleries showcasing renowned South Asian artists in the diaspora and those working beyond India, including names such as Rina Banerjee (1×1 Art Gallery, Dubai), Waqas Khan (Aicon, New York), Amba Sayal-Bennet (Indigo+Madder, London), Affan Baghpati (Aicon Contemporary, New York), and Arjuna Gunarathne and Firi Rahman (Saskia Fernando Gallery, Colombo). International powerhouses like Olafur Eliasson (neugerriemschneider, Berlin), Anish Kapoor (Galleria Continua, San Gimignano & 7 locations), and Ozioma Onuzulike (Marc Straus, New York) also made a significant presence.

The Platform section spotlighted the rich artistic heritage of South Asia through the works of contemporary masters of traditional arts. Six exhibitors, including Delhi Crafts Council (DCC) (New Delhi), Gallery Ragini (New Delhi), Inherited Arts Forum (New Delhi), OJAS ART (New Delhi), Serenity Arts (New Delhi / Thimpu), and Shrujan – Living and Learning Design Centre (LLDC) (Bhuj), presented diverse art forms from across the region.

A notable addition to India Art Fair was the inaugural Design section, showcasing limited edition and handmade collectible design by seven pioneering studios representing the thriving design scene in South Asia. Participants included Vikram Goyal (New Delhi), Ashiesh Shah (Mumbai), Gunjan Gupta (New Delhi), Rooshad Shroff (Mumbai), Studio Renn (Mumbai), de Gournay (London / Paris / New York / San Francisco / Los Angeles / Beirut / Shanghai), and Karishma Swali and Chanakya School of Craft (Mumbai). Alongside the Design section, the fair welcomed celebrated design galleries Carpenters Workshop Gallery (London / Paris / New York / Los Angeles) and ÆQUŌ (Mumbai) in the main Galleries section, presenting highlights from their impressive roster.