Ever since its inception, the Art Alive Gallery has looked at contemporary Indian art from a holistic lens. In a very concentrated manner, the gallery has not only shared the impressions created by the contemporary Indian artists but also their journeys, life history and inspirations. Curated shows, behind the scenes, artist interactions, support, art publications and well researched retrospective, the gallery has always reflected a 360 degree vision and produced some of the finest shows and material in the Indian contemporary art scenario – not only in India but also abroad, making it one of the leading art voices in the world.
Founded in 2001 by Sunaina Anand, the gallery believes in engaging the artists as well as art lovers, stoking the inquisitive nature of the two sides and feeding it with the creative energy that defines the Indian art scene. Designed to encourage its patrons and collectors to engage and interact with the living contemporary artists, the shows promoted by the gallery extend beyond the ordinary and intend to bridge the gap between the two worlds and encourage a deeper connect between the artist and the patron.
From the start, the Gallery has carved a distinct position by creating an effective visual and interactive dialogue through the vehicles of curated shows, critically edged catalogues, intra-disciplinary events, art books and seminars. The initiative is aimed at strengthening inter-disciplinary communication in order to stimulate awareness and appreciation of Art.
It has in its repertoire some of the finest names in the Indian contemporary art, having nurtured a lifelong relationship with them, watching their creativity mature through their art life journeys. These include well well-known names in Indian contemporary art such as S. H. Raza, Sakti Burman, Krishen Khanna, Anjolie Ela Menon, Jogen Chowdhury, Laxma Goud, Thota Vaikuntam, Manu Parekh, Paresh Maity, Sujata Bajaj, Jayasri Burman, Senaka Senanayake, MaitéDelteil, P R Daroz, Raghu Rai, Madhvi Parekh, S Harsha Vardhana, Tara Sabarwal, Chandra Bhattacharjee, Narayan Sinha among several others.
As art patrons and collectors, too, the gallery works steadily in promoting young talent from the country and works horizontally with them, offering its space for incubation of new narratives and futuristic creative vision. A regular participant in International art fairs and events, the gallery is also committed to promoting art in the public sphere and encouraging dialogue in not for profit space. The idea is to create congenial space in the country for a discourse that transcends boundaries and remains embedded in Indian history.
As trustee, The Partition Museum, Amritsar, our director, Sunaina Anand has curated the art segment for the museum. The section has carefully collated works from noted artists such as Satish Gujral, Krishen Khanna, S.L. Parasher and ArpanaCaur, who recorded the horrors of Partition in their art works – their way of internalising the trauma and their expression of release. Extremely poignant, while their works of art are extremely distinct, the themes they paint are similar.
Landmark events and shows
In 2007, the Gallery celebrated the 85th birthday of S.H. Raza in a multi-art event named, ‘Swasti’. The event comprised a solo show of the artist at the National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi, a group exhibition of Raza Foundation Awardees, a Poetry and Performative Arts festival and a panel discussion on Raza, titled ‘ShoonyaaurAakar’ (Form and Nothingness) with distinguished art critics and writers. The gallery has also been organising retrospectives and many solo shows of distinguished artists, namely, Sakti Burman, Manu Parekh, Thota Vaikuntam, K.S. Radhakrishnan, Shuvaprasanna, MaiteDelteil,Raghu Rai to showcase modern indigenous artistic trends and has also been providing a visible platform to young Indian artists for exhibiting their innovative and experimental art.
Earlier in 2005, the Gallery was given ‘the best show award’ by the India Habitat Centrefor organising a show titled ‘Ways of Seeing’.Some of its other memorable shows include: ‘Bridges’ (2005), ‘Tatva’ (2006), ‘An Indian Summer’ (2007) ‘Generation Next’ (2007) and Fragility (2011)to name a few.
As a platform provider for innovative, experimental art practices that captures present socio-cultural dilemmas, the gallery has showcased numeroussolo shows featuring younger contemporaries, namely ‘Encounter’ by Veer Munshi (2006), ‘The Street’ by Yusuf Arakkal (2007), multi-media show ‘Urgent Conversations’ (2008). Recently, group shows highlighting instrumenting media and material in non-traditional ways viz: ‘What is Contemporary’ and ‘Moments and Transformation: Finding Life in Materiality’ (2019).
A distinct voice in the mapping current practices, the gallery has also lent its space in amplifying stories that need to be told to the future generations. Its show, ‘YOU WILL KNOW ME: Migration Stories’ curated by Tara Sabharwal (2020) focused on the socio-political issues of the world. A seminar was concurrently held with renowned panelists :AshisNandy, Parul Dave Mukherji, Leonhard Emmerling, Mallika Ahluwalia, NilitaVachani, Nivedita Menon, Tara Sabharwal along with the artists, as an attempt to invite discussion and provoking critical thought process.
As a disrupter, the gallery has hosted a number of thematic shows that have challenged artists as part of a curatorial experiment, such as ‘SheshLekha – The Last poems of Rabindranath Tagore’ in 2011 to commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore at National Gallery of Modern Art, Delhi and Mumbai.
Started in 2016, ‘Art Now’ series by Art Alive Gallery is an annual event that documents the art practices of some of the eminent Indian artists by showcasing their works. The gallery has scheduled to publish a pictorial volume periodically after every 5 years, reflecting the continuous changes in art practices and presenting the works exhibited during the five-year time span.
A prominent voice and committed to promoting Indian contemporary art on the world platform, the gallery has consistently collaborated and held shows at the Royal College of Arts, London, Victoria & Albert Museum, London and Jebiwool Art Museum, Seoul among others.The gallery has also collaborated with International Festivals like the 7th edition of St. Moritz Art Masters 2014, Switzerland for exhibition of works of contemporary Indian artists. It presented an exclusive collection of Paresh Maity’swatercolours, titled,‘A Mystic Journey’, as part of the ‘India Calling! 2010’ event in Chicago.
A panel discussion titled ‘Indian Art Today: An Exploration of Contemporary India’, with Dr. ParthaMitter, Prof. Parul Dave Mukherjee and Prof. Francesco Manacorda; an illustrated lecture on ‘A Carnival Sense of the World’ by Timothy Hymen, an eminent painter and art critic; an art workshop for kids were all held in London.
Publications and chronciles
In its contribution towards recording contemporary Indian history, Art Alive Gallery has published an extraordinary range of books, catalogues with critical analytical text; limited edition art portfolios with arti-orarysignatures like litho by Sakti Burman, Jogen Chowdhury, T. Vaikuntam, Paresh Maity, and more. Among the archival publications are a monograph on the life and art of S.H. Raza, T.Vaikuntam, Laxma Goud, Sakti Burman and Manu Parekh constituting the ‘Art Alive Masters Series’. The first volume of the publication, ‘Faces of Indian Art’ offers an inside-view into the studios of Indian artists at work, through the lens of acclaimed photographer Late Shri Nemai Ghosh, including the artist’s profiles by distinguished art writers and critics. The gallery has also produced monographic books containing large reproductions of the works of K.S. Radhakrishnan, Paresh Maity and Jayasri Burman.
Corporate Art Services
Art Alive offers professional art acquisition, exhibition and advisory services to corporations, government bodies, hotels and institutions. Art Alive provides its clients with the opportunity to use art as the vehicle to enhance their facilities enrich surroundings and stimulate productivity.
Art Alive's Corporate Art Services
- Consultation and design from planning stages through completion
- Art works in all media - paintings, art prints, sculptures and mixed media works
- Art acquisition for collection and investment
- Commissioned work for site-specific projects
- Art shows and exhibitions
- Documentation and cataloguing of art works
- Art Appraisals and Valuation Services
Art Alive's Clients Include
- Oberoi Group
- Taj Group
- Ananda Hotels
- Taj GVK Hotels
- Hotel Claridges
- Hero Group
- Jindal Group
- Birla Group
- RMZ Foundation
Art Alive Gallery, DELHI :S-221 Panchsheel Park, New Delhi - 110017, INDIA
Tel : +91 . 11 . 41639000 | +91 . 11 . 41638050
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The gallery is located on the Outer Ring Road on the Panchsheel Park stretch.
Go past the Panchsheel Club and Max Medical Centre and reach the traffic signal and take a U turn from there. Take the first turn left immediately followed by a U-turn into the side road. It is the third building.
Go past the two Petrol Pumps and the Malviya Nagar T crossing. Take the first left turn after the crossing, immediately followed by a U turn into the side road. It is the third building.