Indian gallery chooses Berlin for first outlet in Europe

Bodhi is the newest addition near the Hamburger Bahnhof

MUMBAI. BodhiBerlin, the German city’s first major gallery dedicated to contemporary Indian art, is due to open on 3 May. The gallery is near the contemporary art museum, Hamburger Bahnhof, close to a number of recent arrivals, including Haunch of Venison and AA Galleries, as the area is being re-developed as Berlin’s new art district (The Art Newspaper, November 2007, p81). Director, Sharmistha Ray, says this makes it an ideal location for the commercial organisation’s first space in Europe.

“Stars and Strikes”, an exhibition of works by Bombay-based new media artist Shilpa Gupta, will be BodhiBerlin’s first solo show. Starting on the 13 June, it will be curated by Shaheen Merali, former head of film and new media exhibitions at not-for-profit House of World Cultures, Berlin, who is to take over as artistic director for BodhiBerlin as well as Bodhi’s other galleries this month.

Bodhi Art was founded in Singapore in August 2004 by businessman Amit Judge to sell Indian art. It now has two galleries in Mumbai, one in Delhi, one in New York and one in Singapore. BodhiBerlin will focus on Indian art, but “we do feel it’s time that we start a dialogue with important artists from America, Europe and elsewhere in Asia,” said Ms Ray. A group show of Berlin-based artists, including Ryan Mendoza, Till Gerhard and Jonathan Monk, is scheduled to take place in Bodhi’s Mumbai galleries later this year. Zehra Jumabhoy

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