Renaissance Reimagined: 'Art Bengaluru 2014' brings to life The Renaissance Period
Launched in 2010, Art Bengaluru began with a vision to promote works of art and cultivate a thriving art community in the city. The First Year of Art Bengaluru saw 15 Galleries across the city participate in the week-long festival that also screened a series of Short Films, in addition to an Art Competition for Children. The Second Edition featured 15 Art Galleries from across the country with the highlight being the inaugural Luxury Art Auction. The Third Edition showcased 15 top National & International Art Galleries, a Children's Art Competition, Workshops, Speaker Sessions and the iconic International Art & Luxury Auction. Each year, the festival strives to rise a notch higher than the last, and in 2013 the much-awaited event saw over 100 National & International Artists showcase a diverse collection of artworks while the Auction saw on block works of celebrated artists such as M.F. Hussain, S.H. Raza, F.N. Souza, amongst others. The Fourth Edition also introduced Berserk - a unique Arts Conference for Children in addition to the trademark activities.
Art Bengaluru 2014:
Riding on the success of the last four editions, Art Bengaluru returns with its 5th Edition. Presented by The Collection at UB City in association with Sublime Galleria, the 10-day event, to be held from the 21st-30th of August, 2014, will feature a host of talented artists and leading Art Galleries from across India and the world.
This year, Art Bengaluru seeks to recreate and celebrate the Renaissance Period - an era of intellectual and artistic revival, inspired by a renewed study of Classical literature and art - with the theme of European Art History. The event will showcase 13 top galleries including one from New York & Vietnam. It will also feature one of China's most popular artists, Liu Bolin and his work, for the first-time in India. Known as "The Invisible Man", Bolin will be exhibiting the legendary "Hiding in the City" series - photographic works that began as performance art in 2005, apart from unveiling a creation exclusively for Art Bengaluru 2014.
Christel House India, engaged in providing free education, nutrition & healthcare to impoverished children in Bangalore, will create an exclusive installation based on the Renaissance theme for the event. The Christel House installation will be created by High School Students from its Bangalore branch.
About the Theme:
The 5th edition of Art Bengaluru aims to reflect upon the Renaissance period, one of the most prominent art periods in Europe, by highlighting some of the best works of art from around the world. The Collection at UB City, this year, will be transformed into a haven of European Art, giving us a glimpse of the past, by bringing alive the Renaissance period. The rich chapters of European Art History will be the inspiration for the décor, theme and installations within UB City, whose architecture already resonates an international theme. With mashaal lighting, a frame entrance, the Colosseum as the backdrop for the evening's entertainment, the festival is all set to transport one back in time to one of the most enriching eras of European Art, showcased by a life-size book on the various famous paintings, junk art of paintings and an enormous scroll with information on the era.
The word 'Renaissance' is a French word meaning rebirth and refers to the revival of art and culture in Europe after the Middle Ages and to the actual revolution, focused around one of the city-states of Italy, Florence. This revolution was the resurgence of creative study and the glorification of artists, painters and sculptures. Michelangelo, Leonardo Da Vinci & Raphael were some of the famous artists from this period.
Art Bengaluru 2014 will commence with a grand Opening Night that will feature renowned camouflage artist Liu Bolin & celebrated artist Bose Krishnamachari who will showcase their work exclusively for the inauguration. The evening's entertainment will include an awe-inspiring dance performance which will bring the era alive for its audience.
Galleries at 'Art Bengaluru 2014':
Several reputed international and national art galleries are participating in the festival this year, including Klein Sun Gallery (New York), Vietnamese Art House (Vietnam), Nature Morte (New Delhi), Latitude 28 (New Delhi), Progressive Art Gallery (New Delhi), Guru Kala Kutir (New Delhi), The Art Salon (New Delhi), Art Houz (Chennai), Christel House (Bangalore), Rangkunchala Art's (Bangalore), Sacred Geometry India (Bangalore), iSpace Art Gallery (Bangalore), The Purple Turtles (Bangalore) & Sublime Galleria (Bangalore).
Artists at Art Bengaluru 2014:
Several reputed artists are showcasing their work at this year's festival including R.B. Bhaskaran, S.G. Vasudev, Jaykumar G., A.V. Illango, Alphonso Arul Doss, Athiveera Pandian, C. Douglas, Gopinath, Vijay Pichumani, Asma Menon, Benitha, Premlatha Seshadri, Reena Kallat, Raghu Rai, Abhijeet, Raghunath Sahoo, Oinam Dilip, Steven Gandhi, Paramesh Paul, Prasenjit Sengupta, Gautam Mukherjii, Sekhar Roy, Gurukinkar Dhang, among others.
Artist at Sublime Galleria:
During this festival, Sublime Galleria will showcase well-known artist, Mohan Vijaya Raghavan's latest collection. An artist who draws inspiration from Renaissance Art & Architecture, Mohan's style is influenced by classical and rock music. His travels around the world have played a key role in expressing his views and beliefs through his art. Mohan's work - be it portraiture, still-life, streetscapes & landscapes - has been displayed in galleries the world over.
Performance by Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma:
Gracing the event will be Padma Shri Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma, renowned Santoor Maestro, who will put up a special performance at The Collection at UB City, on Sunday, 24th Aug 2014 at 6pm.
Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma, the master instrumentalist of the Santoor, a folk instrument of Jammu & Kashmir, is credited with making the instrument popular across the globe. A recipient of both national & international awards, Pandit has been conferred with the Padma Shri Award, Padma Vibhushan, an Honorary Citizenship of the City of Baltimore, USA, amongst many other accolades.
'Berserk 2014' is a 3-day Residential Art Conference for children. Launched in 2013 by Sublime Galleria, this initiative aims to motivate, inspire and facilitate children, between 8-14 years of age, to discover and pursue their artistic talents. The Auditions for the 2nd edition were held from 5-9th August 2014, at UB City where over 2000 children from 60 schools across Bangalore showcased their talents to get selected for the Residential Art Conference held at ECC, Whitefield from 24-27th August, 2014. A total of 110 students were eventually selected by mentors from Evam, Lourd Vijay Dance Studio, Taaqademy and 3peel.
Berserk 2014 will culminate in the Grand Finale on 27th August 2014 at the Amphitheatre, UB City where the mentors will put up a special show with various awe-inspiring performances.
For more information on 'Art Bengaluru 2014' please visit http://www.artbengaluru.in.