Opening Night of Art Bengaluru 2018 took place on – 02 November 2018


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A 30’ by 8’ oil on canvas by Saju Kunhan

‘Art Bengaluru’, the city’s first ever and only art festival commenced with a Grand Opening Night on Friday – 02 November 2018. The evening witnessed Bengaluru’s art lovers gathering at the beautiful UB City to interact with the artists and view the various exhibits on display. The evening started off with Ms. Uzma Irfan – Festival Director, Art Bengaluru addressing the audience. This was followed by a mesmerizing performance by The Flying Drummers who enthralled the audience with their beats while being suspended mid-air. The Closing Act for the evening was a unique performance by Madpoi
– a flow arts performance troupe from Mumbai which enthralled audiences with their LED poi spinning acts. Weaving circles of light, they morphed between pattern and frequency, fusing performance art and technology.

G Subramanian in support of the participating artists at Art Bengaluru 2018

The Flying Drummers performing at Art Bengaluru 2018

Apart from this, individual musical performances by Aman Mahajan (Pianist) on the Ground Floor, Nush Lewis (Harpist) on the first floor and Raman Iyer (Saxophonist) at Sublime Galleria on the 8th floor created the perfect ambience as guests walked around The Collection, UB City admiring the artworks.

The 2018 edition of Art Bengaluru brings together 17 Indian artists and over 200 artworks across 24 exhibits. With workshops, curated art walks, art installations and larger than life sized works of art all across The Collection, UB City, this is indeed a sensory treat for all Bengalureans. The artworks range from INR 13,400 – INR 65L.

The artworks range from photography, photo media, mixed media artworks, oil paintings, acrylics, pen and ink drawings, sculptures (from wood, steel and paper) and video projects. One of the highlights of the festival is a 30’ by 8’ oil on canvas by Saju Kunhan that, despite being created in 2011, has never been previously exhibited due to a lack of a large enough exhibition space. Inspired by Saju’s first experience of a “mega city” – Mumbai – the detail and scale of the work is mesmerising and should not be missed.

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