Ashadh Amavasya / Shravan Shuddha Pratipada, 5111
O Hindus, unitedly we can stop Denigration of our Deities as our duty towards Hindu Dharma :
1. Send Protest email to the following address to exclude anti-Hindu painter MF Husain's picture from Gallery
2. Spread this news in your group of friends, relatives, communities
3. Join HJS and unitedly we can serve Dharma.
New Delhi: The Emporio Mall hosts some of Delhi’s biggest art galleries are creating space for art.
In the central atrium of the mall, a trademark Ravinder Reddy fibreglass installation turns heads, and on stepping out of the lift on the second floor, your gaze will be arrested by an Anjum Singh installation, strategically placed close to Rohit Bal’s store. Canvases by MF Husain and Atul Dodiya are framed at key points on the same floor. Handing out details of displayed artwork to shoppers is Parul Vadehra, director of Vadehra Art Gallery (VAG). Unlike the discerning clients that drop in at the landmark Vadehra Art Gallery in Defence Colony, the shoppers at Emporio, says Vadehra, still have to be initiated into the world of art. She has leased an 800 sq ft store on the second floor of Emporio. “People are apprehensive of visiting a formal art gallery and a venue like this will remove their inhibitions. The questions are welcome,” she says, as she runs through the calendar that features innumerable art discussions along with exhibitions.
Gallery owners are keen to expand their client base beyond the smattering of highbrow art connoisseurs in Delhi. To survive tough economic conditions, art, say insiders, has to reach out to more people. The positioning, in a glitzy mall, where high net worth individuals shop, might just help in creating a larger database.
The popular Delhi Art Gallery is also opening at Emporio. In Gurgaon, Gallerie Alternatives has space next to a real-estate office in DT Mega Mall. Meanwhile, Tripat Kalra, director of Gallerie Nvya, hopes that diners at Tabula Rasa at Square One Mall, Saket, will visit her 3,000 sq ft gallery once it opens in August. “Art enthusiasts can combine shopping with browsing for art,” says Kalra, who currently operates from Friends Colony. Shibani Chawla, another gallery owner, says it was the sealing of her gallery on the Mehrauli-Gurgaon road that led her to move into Square One in 2006. Three years hence, despite the fact that Square One Mall isn’t doing well, she has no regret. “The rent is more than that of an independent space but we don’t have to bother about maintenance, electricity or security,” says Chawla.
Not all malls might be suitable for an art gallery though. “Only malls that cater to high-end market make an appropriate venue for exclusive art,” says Ashish Anand of Delhi Art Gallery. While his 9,000 sq ft space at Hauz Khas will continue to host large exhibitions, at Emporio he will showcase the work of masters like
FN Souza, SH Raza and Jamini Roy. “Art requires a certain ambience and malls do not cater to every requirement,” adds Anand. The same reason has prompted Ridhi Bhalla of Nitanjali Art to use her gallery at Ansal Plaza for private viewing and to organise exhibitions in more central venues like Visual Arts Gallery at India Habitat Center and Alliance Francaise.
The footfall might go up, but it does not often convert into sales. Anubha Jayant Dey, director of Bodhi Art Gallery, Delhi, which shut shop after operating from Grand Mall in Gurgaon for more than a year, says, “Visitors to a mall do not come with the intention of purchasing art.” Manu Dosaj, director of Gallerie Alternatives, adds, “It is expensive to operate from malls and owners should think hard before committing to the rentals.” However, the process might just convert mall rats into art connoisseurs.
Vadehra Art Gallery
Gallery for Indian contemporary art
D-40, Defence Colony, New Delhi - 110024, India
D-178, Okhla Phase 1, New Delhi - 110020, India
Contemporary Indian Art
Online publication on Indian Contemporary Art - Presented online by Vadehra Art Gallery
Foundation For Indian Contemporary Art
D-178, Okhla Industrial Area, Phase-I, New Delhi India
Glenbarra Art Museum
Indian contemporary art museum in Japan
Director: Masanori Fukuoka
Office: 310-8 Jihoji Himeji 671-22, Japan
Successful Protest campaigns by Hindu Janajagruti Samiti
- Mumbai: Hussain's paintings withdrawn from exhibition by 'Traditional art'
- Art work of M.F. Hussain removed from an exhibition
- Objectionable part in the Drama praising M.F. Hussain deleted!
- NDTV changed the decision to give Award to Hussain
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MF Hussain campaign
HJS protested against nude painting of Bharatmata (Mother India) by MF Hussain. The painting was auctioned publically by Nafisa Ali for 80 Lakhs resulting in huge protests all over India.