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Art Mumbai Gateway 2024 brings Indian Art to London

Art Mumbai, the signature art fair from Mumbai, presents “Art Mumbai Gateway,” a year-round programming calendar that promises to invigorate the art scene with exciting conversations, exhibitions, workshops, performances, events, and more, both across India and internationally. As part of this expansive programming, “Art Mumbai Gateway” proudly unveiled its inaugural events calendar in London, a city renowned for its vibrant art ecosystem. The London schedule features VIP walkthroughs, special previews, and private viewings at some of the UK capital’s premier galleries, establishing a cultural bridge between India and the global art community.

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From June 12th to 21st, Art Mumbai will host this programme in collaboration with esteemed institutions such as Tate Modern, Victoria & Albert Museum, Camden Arts Centre, Frith Street Gallery, Jhaveri Contemporary, Grosvenor Gallery, Ben Brown Fine Arts, and others. Highlights include a walkthrough and tour of galleries in St James’s led by Art Mumbai co-founder Conor Macklin, a before-hours viewing of “Expressionists: Kandinsky, Munter and the Blue Rider” at Tate Modern, and access to the London preview of the Saffronart Summer Online Auction at the Saffronart Gallery.

Additional notable events feature a walkthrough of Dayanita Singh’s exhibition at Frith Street Gallery and “Architecture of Momentum” by Rameshwar Broota at Vadehra Art Gallery, a private viewing of Souza in Hampstead accompanied by a talk from Dr. Elena Crippa, Curator of Contemporary Art at The Courtauld Gallery, and a guided walkthrough of “Tropical Modernism: Architecture and Independence” at the V&A by curator Christopher Turner. To add a touch of elegance, participants can also enjoy a shoe-fitting at Emmy London.

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The shows present a curated selection of the finest South Asian contemporary art alongside post-colonial modernism and expressionist art. Unique experiences, such as the shoe fittings with Emmy London, enhance the programme’s allure, offering attendees an unparalleled cultural journey.

The first edition of Art Mumbai, held in Mumbai in November 2023, was a resounding success, thanks to the collective expertise of co-founders Minal Vazirani, Dinesh Vazirani, Nakul Dev Chawla, and Conor Macklin. Their diverse experiences across various facets of the art ecosystem ensured that Mumbai’s inaugural art fair was a comprehensive and enriching event.

 

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“London has one of the most diverse and exciting art scenes in the world, but it’s not always easy to navigate through this vast city and understand the complexities of its extraordinary art world. The Art Mumbai programme in London offers an insider experience with a selection of the most exciting and classic shows, allowing visitors to unlock the best artistic experiences with expert guides and curators,” says Conor Macklin, Founder of Grosvenor Gallery, London, and Co-founder of Art Mumbai.

The global art scene is at a particularly interesting juncture, with conversations on art and culture rapidly gaining importance. India’s burgeoning art scene is developing and expanding its position on the international stage, with more Indians visiting galleries in cities like London to view and buy art. The London programme, including a preview of the Saffronart Summer Online Auction, reflects this growing amalgamation of interests in art from across genres.

A calendar of events for “Art Mumbai Gateway” in India will be announced shortly, promising to continue this vibrant dialogue and cultural exchange within the art world.

Zara Flavia Dmello

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