‘Art Bengaluru 2015’ – the most-awaited art festival in South India's 6th Edition promises to bring about a paradigm shift in the perception of the arts
The Collection - UB City and Sublime Galleria in association with the Prestige Group is gearing up for ‘Art Bengaluru 2015’. ‘Art Bengaluru’ aims to go beyond the canvas, celebrating art in its myriad forms.
‘Art Bengaluru 2015’ will open on Friday - 21 August 2015 with a Grand Inaugural Ceremony that will include a state of the art Light/Projection Mapping show, which will take people through the ages by showcasing the history of Art. It will also explain the idea behind ‘Art Bengaluru’. The festival will be on till 30 August 2015.
Uzma Irfan – Conceptualizer and Organizer, ‘Art Bengaluru’ said, “The Indian art market currently has both good quality and discerning buyers. Globally, art is also increasingly becoming an alternate investment option. In this year’s edition of ‘Art Bengaluru’, we have attempted to bring together distinguished artists from across the globe, thus giving people an opportunity to experience, under one roof, the multitude of artforms available. This festival is not just for the art aficionados and collectors. We hope to promote the various artforms and create a greater understanding of art in the city with this initiative. We also encourage schools to bring in their students to make the most of this festival.”
The theme for this year’s festival is ‘Paradigm Shift’. In keeping with this theme, ‘Art Bengaluru 2015’ hopes to promote a discovery of the arts from a change-inducing standpoint. Traditionally art was symbolized by paintings, classical sculpture and so on. However, over the years, the very concept of ‘Art’ has undergone a sea change. With technological advancements, today we have the opportunity to embrace a whole new set of art forms – tech art and interactive and immersive installations, among others. The rich interiors of The Collection, UB City will also be transformed to complement this year’s theme.
Moreover, unlike in previous years where the focus was on presenting different galleries from across the globe, this year will witness a global festival, celebrating national and international artists. There will be 30 exhibits showcasing sculptures, installations, paintings and photography. Suresh Jayaram is curating the art this year. An artist, art historian, arts administrator and curator of national repute, he is a well-known name in the art world. Mr. Jayaram as well as trained art guides will also host curated walks for the visitors to give them an in-depth and holistic understanding of the festival and the artworks on display.
Artists at ‘Art Bengaluru 2015’
Li Hongbo (Beijing, China), Nicolas Clauss (Marseille, France), Thota Tharrani (Chennai), Subodh Kerkar (Goa), Gigi Scaria (Delhi), Malavika (Pondicherry), Harisha Chennangod (Baroda), Adil Writer (Pondicherry), Ravi Kashi (Bangalore), Nandesh Shanthi Prakash (Bangalore), Gopinath (Bangalore), Mohan Kumar (Bangalore) and Shamala BJ (Bangalore) are just some of the artists who are a part of the festival this year.
This year’s festival aims to go beyond artworks to embrace and pay tribute to various art forms. These will include music, dance, theatre apart from a series of workshops including a butterfly-rearing workshop, musical instruments-making workshop and many, many more such art and crafts that exist in remote corners of India and make our country a culturally- rich and revered one. There will also be a series of talks curated by Suresh Jayaram. To keep the energy of the festival riding high, there will also be performances by celebrated musicians including Talvin Singh and Trilok Gurtu. EDM Nights hosted by international EDM artistes, John ‘OO’ Fleming and TV Noise are also included in the line-up of performances during this festival.
In order for people to take back souvenirs from this year’s event, ‘Art Bengaluru’ will also have a Gift Shop that will provide memorabili
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