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Mumbai Gallery Weekend 2018: 5 exhibitions that art lovers can’t afford to miss

The 6th edition of the annual Mumbai Gallery Weekend will feature events and exhibitions across 30 art galleries, and display art by renowned as well as upcoming artists. We shortlist five must-attend events for you.

art and culture Updated: Feb 01, 2018 12:24 IST
Soma Das
KG Subramanyan, Varanasi I, Gouche and acrylic on canvas, is on display as part of Mumbai Gallery Weekend 2018.
KG Subramanyan, Varanasi I, Gouche and acrylic on canvas, is on display as part of Mumbai Gallery Weekend 2018.(Courtesy: Art Musings)

The Mumbai Gallery Weekend (MGW) has been a fixture of Mumbai’s cultural calendar over the last few years. Over five days, Mumbai sees a flurry of art-related events which bring together art historians, collectors, artists and art aficionados. The next few days will feature lectures and talks by artists on their practice, discussions on art and architecture, and guided walk-throughs where artists speak at length about their creations.

Here are 5 events that you should attend:

KG Subramanyan, Icon and Object II, Acrylic on canvas (Courtesy: Art Musings )

* In the Honeycomb of Stories at Art Musings

Modern artist KG Subramanyan’s (1924-2016) paintings are characterised by fantastical, folklore-inspired imagery, which depict mythical beasts, dense foliage and characters with animated expressions. This exhibition features over 30 works by Subramanyan — including drawings, gouaches and reverse paintings on acrylic sheets — which represent over five decades of his artistic production, from 1963 to 2014.

As part of the Mumbai Gallery Weekend, there will be a walk-through on February 3, by artist Sudhir Patwardhan and art critic Ranjit Hoskote on the art and legacy of KG Subramanyan, his impact on generations of Indian artists and his relevance as a major thinker.

The walk-through will take place on February 3, 12pm. The exhibition is on display till March 10.
At: Art Musings,
Admiralty Building, Colaba Cross Lane.
Call: 22163339

Abir Karmakar, Home (Wall I), 2016, oil on canvas (Courtesy: Ranjana Steinruecke)

* Displacement at Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke

In this exhibition, Vadodara-based contemporary artist Abir Karmakar creates visual illusions of home with his untitled paintings of interiors, rooted in the Dutch genre of the 17th century.

On display are three recent paintings as well as five large-scale oil-on-canvas paintings from his earlier series, Home, which was first displayed as part of the 3rd Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2016. Karmakar depicts home as a place of stillness, refuge, and privacy, and shows how functionality is less significant than the mood of its inhabitants.

The exhibition is on display till February 28.
Sunny House, 16/18 Mereweather Road, behind Taj Mahal Hotel, Colaba.
Call: 2202 3030

A sculpture by Aldo Chaparro. (Courtesy: Galerie Isa)

* Modelling Matter at Galerie Isa

Resembling a crumpled piece of shiny paper, or an intricately folded rug, but made using stainless steel, wood and canvas, the realistic paintings by Aldo Chaparro (lives and works from Peru and Mexico City) and Antonio Santin (from Madrid, lives in New York) will leave you puzzled. The artists play with light and shadow to create dramatic art that show how 3D elements can be recreated in a 2D format.

The exhibition is on display till April 18
: Galerie Isa, 27, Great Western Building, Fort, opposite Lion Gate.
Call: 66373432

Mind Map 27, Jenny Bhatt, acrylic on canvas (Courtesy: Gallery Art and Soul )

* Swimming in the Subconscious at Gallery Art and Soul

Pop and surreal artist Jenny Bhatt is known for her playful multimedia project, Moksha Shots, which uses satire to comment on social and cultural practices. This exhibition is Episode 18 of the series and is titled Swimming in the Subconscious. Her current series depicts pop yantras and urban mindscapes, and through abstract art explores the subconscious. It explores meditative states, memory, nostalgia, and the influence of pop culture and media.

On February 4, Bhatt will host a walk-through where she will speak about the series and its evolution, giving an overview of the history of Pop Surreal art.

The walk-through will take place on February 4, 11am onwards. The exhibition is on display till February 18.
Madhuli,Shiv Sagar Estate, Madhuli, opposite Nehru Tarangan, Dr Annie Besant, Road, Worli.
Call: 2496 5798

All is Always Now, ink on cast iron rag pulp, tea staining — an artists’ book by Ravikumar Kashi. (Courtesy: Sakshi Gallery )

* Silent Echo at Sakshi Gallery

This exhibition features installations and artists’ books by the Bengaluru-based artist, writer and educator, Ravikumar Kashi. Five distinct but interrelated works address the character, history, function and relevance of diverse objects.

Another highlight is the display of a set of artists’ books, filled with images of objects from different places and time zones. Kashi has been creating artists’ books for nearly a decade now, combining his creativity with the craft of hand-made papermaking. He has also exhibited these books in various shows and museums outside the country.

The exhibition is on display till February 23.
Grants Building, Arthur Bunder Road, Colaba.
Call: 66103424

The Mumbai Gallery Weekend is ongoing till February 4.
For the complete line-up of events, visit

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