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2nd Indian Art Summit to have more international participation

Last updated: 22 June, 2009
New Delhi: 22:38 IST

Art connoisseurs are in for a treat this August, as the 2nd India Art Summit to be held in the capital promises a wider participation from home and abroad.

The event will feature 54 leading art galleries, including 17 from overseas. Besides exhibitions, the event will also host several art-related programmes.

Organisers have said that the Summit this year will sprawl over 4000 sq ft space at the capital's prime exhibition venue—Pragati Maidan—which is a three-fold increase from last year.

Over 10,000 art connoisseurs had taken part and about 50 per cent of the works had been sold during the event's first edition. But the major improvement seems to be the number of international participants, given that there were just three last year.

Organisers believe this year's event will be the biggest exposition of international art in the country, besides being the largest showcase of Indian art.

With a view to raising awareness on art and educate Indians in the subject, the summit will also have an international speakers forum in which influential Indian and foreign artists, curators, museum directors, and art professionals are to speak.

They will address subjects like academic research, current theories, impact of globalisation on art and redefinition of art market. A prime attraction of the event will be the 600 sq mt open air sculpture park created by a select group of artists to initiate dialogue with the audience.

The park will display works of variable styles, addressing aspects of nature, preservation or interaction between art and environment.

A “purple wall” project scheduled to be held concurrently at the event will showcase the best of modern and contemporary art. It will highlight experimental use of materials, medium, techniques and genre of Indian artists.

The summit is supported by auction house Sotheby's and held in collaboration with organisations like Asia Art Archive, Asia Society, Lalit Kala Academy, The Devi Foundation and the British Council.

DH News Service

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