It’s the best of both worlds, under one expansive roof. The inaugural AD Design Show—Mumbai’s luxury art and design fair, set to unfold at [email protected], SVP Stadium in Worli, Mumbai this October.
The AD Design Show will highlight the latest collections of established global design brands with an edge, including the work of award-winning designers who have swept aside trends to benchmark new ones, and iconic designs that challenge our notions of what’s cutting-edge and trend-forward.
For art patrons and connoisseurs, the AD Design Show will bring together a spectrum of artworks—from contemporary and modern, to mixed-media and sculpture—courtesy premier art galleries from the country. These institutions represent some of the most acclaimed names in art, showcasing artworks that belong to Modern masters, contemporary and emerging artists, from the sub-continent and beyond, encompassing a body of work that spans 60 years.
The nine participating art galleries
Peter Nagy and Aparajita Jain, directors
This gallery has on its roster names such as Anita Dube, Imran Qureshi, Seher Shah and Bharti Kher. Synonymous with challenging and experimental art, it is known for showcasing diverse genres. The gallery will be exhibiting Tanya Goel’s new work, Raqs Media Collective’s work in Corian, and Asim Waqif’s creations in aluminium, including the hand-folded Collapse Analysis in Red, an aluminium composite panel, worked on with a CNC router.
Chatterjee & Lal
Mortimer Chatterjee and Tara Lal, directors
Established in 2003, the Mumbai-based gallery focuses on works by emerging and mid-career artists with a strong India connect, and is expanding its portfolio to include historical material. It will showcase works by Sahej Rahal and Mark Prime, and a selection from the exhibition, ‘IMPACT: Design Thinking and the Visual Arts in Young India’. The first in a series to be hosted by the gallery, it charts the course of design thinking in 20th-century India.
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Shireen Gandhy, director
It was founded in 1963, and over the course of 55 years, the gallery has retained its centrality in the world of Indian art. Under Gandhy’s stewardship, it widened its scope to include experimental artists. Its artistic repertoire ranges from mid-career and young artists to the well-established names. For the AD Design Show, the gallery is collaborating with architect Suchi Reddy to present the works of six to eight artists.
Rhea Maheshwari, director, New Delhi; Aruna Keshav, director, Bengaluru
Established in Bengaluru in 2003 by Sunitha Kumar Emmart, GallerySKE opened a second space in New Delhi in 2013, and continued its approach of engaging with contemporary practices from south Asia. The gallery represents emerging and established artists from Asia and across media. The exhibit will include works by Dia Mehta Bhupal, Sunil Padwal and Sudarshan Shetty. The artists will also collaborate with Devaunshi A Thackersey Mehta, known for her contemporary reinvention of traditional jewellery, to design jewel-like objects that are extensions of their respective practices.
Hena Kapadia, founder
Founded as a laboratory for the many forms of contemporary art, TARQ encourages established and aspiring artists to push the limits of their vision and transform how their art is perceived in India. Apart from works by regular collaborators like Aaditi Joshi, Parag Tandel and Garima Gupta, across mediums, the gallery will showcase renowned photographer Shahid Datawala’s solo exhibition, titled ‘Datura’. The works are a study in monochromatic imagery, which crafts a compelling narrative of nature against a play of light—and finding beauty in the commonplace.
Vadehra Art Gallery
Roshini Vadehra and Parul Vadehra, directors
The gallery’s significance on the Indian artscape is undisputed and reflected in its diverse representation. MF Husain, Ram Kumar, Tyeb Mehta and SH Raza—integral to its early years—occupy space with Arpita Singh, Gulammohammed Sheikh and Nalini Malani, among other contemporary artists. The display will include photographs by Shilpa Gupta and Atul Bhalla, paintings by both Anju and Atul Dodiya and a Sumedh Rajendran sculpture—fresh from their studios.
Pichvai Tradition & Beyond
Pooja Singhal, director
It offers an important platform to tradition by mainstreaming it for a wider audience. Pichvai Tradition & Beyond is an endeavour to revive the art of painting pichvais, and empower their creators. Traditional compositions and processes are updated to be relevant to the current context. Contemporary pichvais from the atelier reflect this objective, by juxtaposing different styles with traditional methods.
Prateek Raja and Priyanka Raja, co-founders
Championing contemporary experiments that are ambitious in scale and challenging in their scope, the gallery was founded in 2009. Its showcase will explore themes of form and materiality across mediums: Ayesha Sultana’s graphite drawings and scratched drawings on paper; Rathin Barman’s wall-based sculptures cast in concrete; Sahil Naik’s new body of sculptures, ‘Monuments, Memorials, Mausoleums and Modernisms’; and photographs from Soumya Sankar Bose’s ‘Let’s Sing an Old Song’ series, which explores Jatra, a dying folk theatre tradition.
Renu Modi, founder and director
The gallery opened in 1989 with MF Husain’s autobiographical works; today, it has expanded its oeuvre with stalwarts like Zarina Hashmi, Nilima Sheikh, Amit Ambalal and Samit Das. Apart from encouraging active discussions centred on art, the gallery has also embarked on a cross-cultural exchange with artists from south Asian countries. On display will be Dilip Chobisa’s monochromatic mixed-media works set in wooden cases and rooted in memories of his locale, and GR Iranna’s vibrant works that transcend time and space.
Along with the exclusive art and design showcase, the AD Design Show will also feature a host of curated programmes: power talks by distinguished art and design practitioners, led by Pritzker Prize-winner BV Doshi (the keynote speaker) and Belgian architect Vincent Van Duysen (who will launch his monograph); masterclasses and workshops throughout the three days; an interactive craftsmanship zone, ‘Power to the Karigars,’ with live demonstrations highlighting our country’s many crafts techniques; a unique pop-up apartment inspired by the original home of style icon Laura Hamilton who lived at Mumbai’s Yacht Club; delectable food and drinks from acclaimed chefs; and a world-class exhibition experience at [email protected], SVP Stadium, Worli.
AD Design Show 2018 is set to take place October 26-28 at [email protected], SVP Stadium in Worli, Mumbai. Register online: Addesighshow.in