Jhaveri Contemporary now has a new address in Mumbai’s 130-year-old colonial building

SEP 14, 2018 | By Nitija Shastri
(L-R) Left: Mrinalini Mukherjee, 2008, Bronze; Right: Art by Vasantha Yoganathan;Michael Muller, A Case of Exploding Mongoes duri;Manisha Parekh, 2011, graphite on fabriano paper;Lubna Chowdhay, 2018, 'Letting Loose', ceramic, contemporary .
Art enthusiasts, rejoice — Jhaveri Contemporary has now shifted residence to the heart of Mumbai’s urban art district, Colaba. Spread over 1,500 sq ft, the gallery has two spacious exhibition rooms – which scales up their layout from white-cubed aesthetics of their original space to an industrial-yet-muted area. As you step into the third floor of their sun-washed space, you will be enamoured by the 13-feet high ceiling and raw-concrete walls which exudes a minimalistic yet warm setting.
Gallerists Amrita and Priya Jhaveri worked closely with India’s leading exhibition designer, Mark Prime to give a fresh spin to the archaic space. “We reimagined the décor and upcycled the pre-existing structure from reclaimed Burma teak. As for the raw concrete walls, we restored existing features of the space as a nod to the building’s heritage and history.” Says Priya
“The space is blessed with natural light that bounces off its large windows opening to the spectacular views of the Gateway of India.” She adds Whether you’re a fan of contemporary or traditional Indian art, the exhibition’s wide range of artworks will appeal to all. The inaugural show, What’s Essential, showcases works from 21 artists based out of South Asia and others among the likes of Rana Begum and Raghubir Singh. Browse through vibrant paintings and sculptures to engaging photographs and video installations. What instantly grabbed our attention is the funky neon sign titled 24/7 by Prem Sahib that has been digitally programmed to resemble the simple human function of breathing.
What: What’s EssentialAddress: 3rd Floor, Devidas Mansion, 4 Mereweather Road, Colaba, Mumbai, Time: Tuesdays to Saturdays, 11 am – 7 pm website: