Thursday, August 2, 2012

A hub for of modern and Contemporary art

Gallery BMB is a new name on the shining horizon of modern and Contemporary Indian art.

Located on the ground floor of the antiquated Queens Mansion (also home to the well-known Chemould Prescott gallery), BMB is spread out over 4,000 sq. ft. It’s a collaboration of artist-curator Bose Krishnamachari, Devaunshi Mehta, Yash and Avanti Birla. The gallery is located in central Mumbai’s Fort district.

It has been exhibiting both monograph and group exhibitions as part of its long-term program. The curated exhibits comprise a selected group of International contemporary artists’ work. These reflect the vision of the gallery to work with artists whose practices, in spite of receiving prestigious acclaim from major institutions, is yet to be displayed in India and alongside their peers from India and Asia.

Apart from presenting groundbreaking exhibitions, the new space accommodates a specialist art bookshop with a dedicated reading area and an onsite café. The BMB’s holistic concept is designed as a truly interactive space, the first of its kind in Mumbai and in India. As an accommodating resource, the gallery and its public areas act as a pillar for the artistic community; a place where artists, collectors and students could meet and gravitate for differing reasons from research to browsing to collecting.

The website elaborates that it is ‘the first to showcase many international artists of the highest caliber who, despite critical acclaim from major prestigious institutions, have yet to be shown on this continent.’ These international artists, along with outstanding emerging Indian artists, are part of BMB’s exciting and dynamic program.

In essence, Gallery BMB blurs traditional boundaries between an art space and a commercial gallery. Their inaugural exhibition was curated by Berlin/ London based curator, Shaheen Merali, at whose invitation a group of renowned artists from each of the five continents has been selected (two from Asia).

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