Delhi Art Gallery hosts an exclusive preview and registration of pre-bids of over 70 lots of iconic India Modern artworks in advance of Khushii ‘Smiles’ Charity Auction.
Date: 11:30 am onwards, April 7, 2014. Location: Delhi Art Gallery, DLF Emporio, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi – 110070.
Delhi Art Gallery is delighted to be organising an exclusive pre-event open house for the viewing of India Modern artworks, for registration and making pre-bids towards ‘Smiles’, a Khushii charitable Auction. It is a unique opportunity to bid on modern masters such as Jamini Roy, M.F.Husain, S.H.Raza, F.N.Souza and several other iconic names over 70 lots. Khushii’s return after a short hiatus with ‘Smiles’ is an art auction powered by Delhi Art Gallery and hosted by the British High Commissioner Sir James and Lady Bevan on the 11th April at 2, Rajaji Marg, New Delhi. A number of committed philanthropists are associated with the occasion, headed by former cricketer Kapil Dev using their voice to contribute to Khushii’s efforts to grow and expand its scope of activities aimed at improving the lives of the underprivileged by bringing new focus to the highest priorities in education and development.
Ashish Anand, Director, Delhi Art Gallery:
“The seventy lots selected by Delhi Art Gallery for the Khushii auction reflect the richness and diversity of 20th century Indian modern art. We are proud to be associated with Khushii’s cause and hope that people will come forward to support it too. The low price estimates and absence of a buyer’s premium should be a major incentive for collectors and art lovers.”
Kapil Dev, Chairman, Khushii:
“Khushii has been attached with the art fraternity for a while, and the goodwill it shares with artists and art collectors has stood the test of time. We are grateful to Delhi Art Gallery for opening up its archives to share its wonderful treasures of modern art with the art-loving community for this auction. If more such corporate houses stepped out to support causes such as ours, Delhi – and India – would be a better place to live in, both in terms of humanity and the future we are hoping to build for the nation and its people”
Sir James David Bevan, British High Commissioner to India:
“I am delighted to extend my support to Khushii’s auction of Indian Modern art to raise funds for its noble cause. Khushii does great work in the field of education, empowering women by training them in employment-related skills, and providing health facilities to rural and disadvantaged communities. Its association with Delhi Art Gallery’s curated auction of some of India’s finest masters at below market prices offers collectors a great opportunity to add to their collections while bringing cheer to the lives of so many. I hope many among us will step forward to support the cause, combining the twin joys of art appreciation with philanthropy.”
About Delhi Art Gallery:
Among India’s most significant art institutions, Delhi Art Gallery started in 1993 and in the two decades since, it has built a reputation as India’s largest private repository of twentieth century modern Indian art. Its collection spans the spectrum of Indian modernism from its genesis to its most dynamic phase as well as high modernism and the works of modern masters whose careers have stretched to the twenty-first century. Delhi Art Gallery has established a reputation for professionalism in each of its departments. Its sales and marketing team takes art to homes and offices through an interface programme and manages and maintains art resources for companies and collectors whom it also advises on art purchases. The gallery has a large research and documentation cell where researchers and scholars work on archiving and documenting the collection, and their scholarship enhances the quality of the exhibitions with material that is used in the making of its handsomely produced books, each of which adds value to the art history of the country. Delhi Art Gallery adds a feather in its cap with opening its first location outside of Delhi, in Mumbai’s Kala Ghoda district. The gallery opened with its seminal exhibition, Mumbai Modern on the Progressive Artists’ Group that celebrates the origin of the group in Mumbai and its ongoing relationship with the city. The Mumbai gallery is located in a sensitively restored heritage building, maintaining its period character. With this expansion, Delhi Art Gallery hopes to contribute with greater significance to modern Indian art within the country.
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