The dates for the next event of the India Art Fair, for the year 2016, have been announced. The annual event is to take place from 28-31 January, at NSIC Grounds, Okhla, New Delhi.
Since its launch in 2008, India Art Fair has established itself as South Asia’s leading platform for modern and contemporary art. The fair’s 2016 edition will be making a number of enhancements to its organisation which includes significant changes to its partnerships, internal team and gallery programming.
BMW is to be the Presenting Partner of India Art Fair 2016. For over 40 years the BMW Group has made a significant contribution to culture, initiating over 100 cultural collaborations worldwide, from commissioned works by Gerhard Richter for the BMW Group’s Munich headquarters, to projects with artists such as Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Olafur Eliasson and Jeff Koons. In 2013, the BMW Guggenheim Lab – a global initiative of the BMW Group, Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation and the Guggenheim Museum, premiered in India at the Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Mumbai.
Additionally, the fair has announced the appointment of Zain Masud as International Director. Masud brings her experience within the art scenes of the Middle East, South Asia, Russia, China and Africa, alongside her extensive networks within the Western art world. Prior to this appointment, Zain served as Assistant Fair Director to Art Dubai for five years.
The Exhibition Program too has been expanded. This year the fair will be structured into 5 main sections: Galleries, the main section, will feature leading Indian and international galleries; Focus, will show solo presentations which have been curated by participating galleries or institutions; Institutional, will showcase leading international and Indian museums and art foundations presenting elements of their programmes or collaborations commissioned specially for the fair; Platform, will represent young emerging artists or collectives from throughout South Asia, open to galleries and foundations within the region; and Projects, which will show artworks including large scale sculptures or site specific installations at the fair.
Full programme details including the gallery list, art projects, speakers list and collateral events will be announced in October 2016.