In recent years, New Delhi has witnessed a subsequent boom in new galleries, as well as in art events, fairs, and exhibitions – all of which attract a newfound global interest in the Indian art market. Delhi’s contemporary art scene is on the rise, and we profile ten of the city’s best contemporary art exhibition spaces.
A staple of the contemporary Indian art scene, Nature Morte was originally opened in 1982 in New York and was revived 15 years later in New Delhi by gallerist and artist Peter Nagy. Nowadays, the gallery is based in a multi-level space in central-south Delhi. The gallery showcases a variety of contemporary art forms, with a special focus on conceptual art, installations, Pop Art, and photography. Nature Morte represents a number of well-known and established contemporary Indian artists, such as a multimedia artist Jitish Kallat and installation artist Anita Dube.
Nature Morte, A-1 Neeti Bagh, New Delhi, India +91 11 41740215
Located in the heart of Lado Sarai, experimental art space Exhibit 320 showcases contemporary art from India and the subcontinent. Focusing on new means of artistic expression and visual dialogue, the gallery serves not only as an exhibition space, but as a meeting point for artists, students, and aficionados. The gallery aims to discover and promote the new generation of contemporary artists, encouraging critical discourse and progressive experiments through various seminars, lectures, and talks. Past exhibitions have featured works by Tsherin Sherpa from Nepal, Vibha Galhotra from India, Shahzia Sikander, Waqas Khan from Pakistan, Faig Ahmed from Azerbaijan, and Afruz Amighi from Iran.
Founded in New York in 2001, Talwar Gallery focuses particularly on artists from the Indian subcontinent and their experiences of the diaspora. Promoting the idea that art can be used to transcend geographical, cultural, religious, and racial boundaries, Talwar supports up and coming contemporary artists alongside the estates of influential figures such as Nasreen Mohamedi and Rummana Hussain. In 2007, Talwar gallery opened a branch in New Delhi.
Talwar Gallery, C-84, Neeti Bagh, New Delhi, India + 91 11 4605 0307
Founded in 1936 by Shri Ram Chand Jain, the exceptional Dhoomimal Gallery is considered the oldest contemporary art gallery in New Delhi. As well as representing and regularly showcasing the artwork of well-known artists like Shri Jamini Roy, Laxman Pai and P.N. Choyal, the gallery continues to support and promote new emerging talents through scholarships and exhibitions. More recently, Dhoomimal opened the Dhoomimal Art Complex – a vast 1,800 square foot space at Connaught Circus, comprising several exhibition halls, the Ravi Jain Centre for International Arts, a sculpture court, cultural center, and a private museum.
One of the most prestigious spaces in New Delhi, Gallery Espace features a variety of modern and contemporary Indian art. Founded in 1989 by Renu Modi, the gallery aims to promote an interdisciplinary approach to fine art, showcasing the emerging contemporary artists who document and reflect upon the current reality of modern society. Located in the New Friends colony, this three-floor gallery has hosted exhibitions of established contemporary artists like Subodh Gupta, who is well-known for incorporating everyday objects such as steel tiffin boxes or thali pans into his artworks, and Ashim Purkayastha.