Must-see art shows this season

JAN 3, 2017 | By Nishita Fiji
Begin the new year with a rich dose of culture and the best showcases your city has to offer. Take a look at our list of art exhibitions from around India that promise to provide food for thought.
Discover stories within the mundane
Curated by London based Charlie Levine, Drawn Space by Vishwa Shroff features intricate drawings that explore the potential of spaces and objects otherwise considered banal.
When: Till January 14, 2017
Where: Tarq, F35/36 Dhanraj Mahal, C.S.M. Marg, Apollo Bunder, Colaba, Mumbai 01.
Find the extraordinary within the ordinary
Look Once. Look Twice, a solo show by Bharati Pitre pays tribute to everyday life that stands out for its normality. A closer look into its happenings reveals unique tales that Bharati tries to capture in this show.
When: January 31 to February 6, 2017
Where: Jehangir Art Gallery, Kala Ghoda, Mumbai 01.
Follow the life of an artist’s alter-ego
Princess Pea, an anonymous artist, dons a massive pea-shaped head that contrasts her petite frame and helps her engage with her audiences on an imaginative level. Sunrise Ceremonies is an exhibition of photographic works by her that documents her everyday rituals, throwing light on themes from her childhood, challenges conventional beauty ideals, explores the concept of identity and comments on gender issues.
When: January 20 to February 23, 2017
Where: 6/19, Second Floor, Grants Building, Arthur Bunder Rd, Colaba, Mumbai 05.
Discover a new kind of museum
Suitcase Museum by artist Dayanita Singh showcases a collection of 44 Museum of Chance book-objects. All the photographs presented can be packed away in merely two suitcases, thus expanding one’s perspective of what a museum means to viewers.
When: Till February 21, 2017
Where: Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Mumbai City Museum, 91A Rani Baug, Veer Mata Jijabai Bhonsle Udyan, Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Marg, Byculla (E), Mumbai 27.
Celebrate various kinds of creativity from India
In an attempt to honour various art forms from across states, Tata Trusts has introduced Kalapana, a specially curated festival featuring lead performing artists and craftsmen. In its inaugural edition, they will showcase the talents of artists such as Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts (Contemporary Dance) from Bengaluru; Dhrupad Sansthan (Indian Classical Music) from Bhopal and NINASAM (Theatre) from Shimoga District in Karnataka. Heritage craft forms such as handloom weaving, embroideries, leather craft, dhokra metal, natural fiber craft and folk art will also be exhibited at the two-day event.
When: January 7 to 8, 2017
Where: Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (CSMVS), Visitor’s Centre and Lawns, 159-161, Mahatma Gandhi Road, Fort, Mumbai 32.
Familiarise yourself with local art forms
Showcasing the best folk and tribal artwork by artists from across the country, Indigenous Creativity IV displays an amalgamation of styles including Gond, Warli, Orissa Patachitra, Bengal Patachitra, Pichwai, Bhil, Kalighat, Kerala murals, Kalamkari and more.
When: Till January 10, 2017
Where:  Arts of the Earth, No. 1, Hauz Khas Village, New Delhi 16.
Witness two decades of artistry
With some works dating back as far as 1992, Here After Here brings together Mumbai based artist Jitish Kallat’s vast oeuvre spanning painting, photography, drawing, video and sculptural installations.
When: January 15 to March 2017
Where: National Gallery of Modern Art (Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India), Jaipur House, India Gate, New Delhi  03.
View contemporary interpretations of conventional paintings
In an effort to preserve India’s historic Pichvai art form, art aficionado Pooja Singhal created the Pichvai Tradition & Beyond atelier. Her exhibition on display at Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2016 showcased reworked forms that incorporate new modes of scale, colour, form and theme, and also making them accessible to international audiences.
When: Till March 2017
Where: Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2016
Reimagine public spaces
With an aim to bring art closer to people, the third edition of Pune Biennale will showcase the works of close to 300 national and international artists through flagship and participatory exhibits.
When: January 5 to 29, 2017
Where: Along J.M Road, Pune
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