The 6 best Indian art events to look forward to in 2022

After a sluggish start to the year, the Indian art world is coming back to life. Many art and design galleries are opening across the country, from Mumbai to Calcutta. Young artists are finding new audiences through group exhibitions such as Immerse, organized by Shaleen Wadhwana and held at Somaiya Vidyavihar University in Mumbai earlier this year. Instead of logging into online viewing rooms, we are once again visiting galleries in person.

And reflecting this renewed enthusiasm, a busy Indian artistic calendar. Along with the India Art Fair in April and the Kochi Muziris Biennale in December, there are a host of openings, museum launches and exhibitions to look forward to in between. Here’s what not to miss.

The 6 best arts events to look forward to in 2022

1. India Art Fair, New Delhi, April 28 – May 1, 2022

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After a two-year break due to the coronavirus pandemic, the excitement is palpable around the (physical) return of the India Art Fair, with 77 exhibitors. The most prestigious galleries in the country will be present (Chatterjee and Lal, Jhaveri Contemporary, Still Life, SKE Gallery), but so will a host of new ones (Ojas Art, Land. Art and Vida Heydari Contemporary). International galleries include Aicon, Grosvenor Gallery and Galeria Karla Osorio.

Led by Jaya Asokan, new sections of the fair include Focus (solo presentations organized by participating galleries), Platform (to showcase traditional Indian art forms) and The studio (featuring art books and games from Thukral and Tagra as part of their “and Archive” project, a preview of what to expect when MAP Bangalore opens later this year). Visitors can also expect an extension Young Collectors Program (featuring a MadStarBase x Method India collab titled Fresh Produce that spotlights rising stars in art and design), performance by artists in residence Gurjeet Singh and Arpita Akhanda, workshops (in a dedicated space), round tables and BMW Art Talks.

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