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November 25, 2015

All You Need To Know About The India Art Festival 2015

Text by Huzan Tata

The fifth edition of the IAF has the country’s best artists sharing their works in Mumbai and New Delhi

For four years, Mumbai’s annual India Art Festival (IAF) has not only been engaging aficionados of Indian art but has also created a network between artists and buyers. This year, the modern and contemporary art fair will travel to the capital as well, for a grand four-day event.

In association with Verve, the Mumbai leg of the festival will have 150 artists — from Thota Vaikuntam and Kalpana Shah to Ravi Mandlik and Satish Gujral — and 40 galleries showcasing their works. While the main pavilion will host the country’s major and mid-level galleries that will display several works by associated painters, the Artists’ Pavilion will give emerging artists a chance to exhibit their creations.

For some intellectual stimulation, catch one of the many sessions of Conversations, one of the most exciting sections of the event. Experts — including artists, gallerists, museum directors, critics, historians, editors and art publishers — will indulge in panel discussions and talks, analysing contemporary art and the economy, art collection, exhibitions, studio practices and galleries. If that doesn’t give you your fill of the arts, you can head to the New Delhi edition two months later, which has 120 booths that will showcase creations by both masters and emerging artists.

“The grand success of the last four editions of the IAF is due to regular patronage of art buyers and collectors who have visited almost every time in the past. With an edition in Delhi, IAF becomes the first and only fair in India with annual editions in two different cities,” says Rajendra Patil, founder and managing director of the event.

Art spaces from across the country, including Delhi’s Galerie Art Eterne and Vision Art Gallery, Mumbai’s Impressions Art Gallery and Tao Art Gallery and Kolkata’s Art Desh will have the best paintings, drawings and sculptures on display, making for a truly attractive show. The last four years saw a footfall of over 1,00,000 viewers, and this year’s double bonanza is sure to see much more!

India Art Festival will take place at Nehru Centre, Mumbai from November 26–29, 2015 and at National Stadium, New Delhi from January 14–17, 2016.

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