Thursday 14 September 2023

Animalia. Forays from Los Angeles to Mumbai 10.09.2023 - 07.01.2024

Darmstadt, 13.09.2023: Since Sunday, 10.09.2023, the Kunsthalle Darmstadt is presenting the exhibition Animalia. Forays from Los Angeles to Mumbai. Until 07.01.2024, the relationship between humans and animals is the focus of a presentation in which are participating 35 artists from North and South America, India, Pakistan and Europe. 

Symbols of Migrations Installation by Smita Kinkale 

While the devastating exploitation of Planet Earth seems to be proceeding inexorably, many species of animals are threatened with extinction and entire ecosystems are disappearing, animals are more visible than ever in contemporary art. What is the basis for this newly-awakened study of animals? How is it different than earlier manifestations? Raising questions of this sort, Animalia. Forays from Los Angeles to Mumbai investigates our relationship to animals in all its contradictions and asks what role art plays therein.

Recent painting by Ratnadeep Gopal Adivrekar 
Ratnadeep Adivrekar’s works deals with ancient Indian philosophical belief that a part of the whole ‘Brahmanasi’ resides in all living things, which forms the ‘atman’ hence many animals are venerated and dense with symbolism

Offering a broad, geographically wide-ranging selection of artistic positions, the exhibition shows how diverse the approaches to this theme can be. An examination of the field during our preparations for this exhibition showed that certain approaches and preferences repeat themselves among the artists. The course through the exhibition was divided into four chapters in accordance with several clearly recognizable, major orientations in art involving animals; the sections appear in succession and conform to a dramaturgy of sorts. After the focus of the initial topic Open Drawers is on taxonomical classification such as is outstripped by fantasy (Horst Haack) or pursued to the point of mockery (Mark Dion), voices are raised under Profit, Profit, Profit in protest against the subjection of animals in adherence to the laws of the market economy. Following after this critical realism is the optimistic pragmatism of those who, in an exemplary manner, engage in Overcoming Borders Between Species. The final chapter is entitled Living Images and offers philosophical fare: dream, consciousness, artificial intelligence, mimesis, language.

Artists and Collectives in the Exibition 

Ratnadeep Gopal Adivrekar (India) Mia Bencun (Nigeria, Germany) Rolf Bier (Germany) Ali Cherri (Lebanon, France) Mark Dion (USA) Katja Eckert (Germany) Franca Franz (Germany) Gerrit Frohne-Brinkmann (Germany) Andreas Greiner (Germany) Horst Haack (Germany, France) Thomas Hawranke & Lasse Scherffig (Germany) Hörner & Antlfinger, CMUK (Germany) Katharina Immekus (Germany) Sanna Kannisto (Finland) Smita N. Kinkale (India) Lisa Korpos (USA) Basir Mahmood (Pakistan, The Netherlands) NEOZOON (Germany, France) Olly Williams & Suzi Winstanley (United Kingdom) Michael Pendry (Germany, United Kingdom) Arnulf Rainer (Austria) Stephan Reusse (Germany) Harold Rubio (Puerto Rico) Muzzumil Ruheel (Pakistan) Thomas Sturm (Austria,Germany) Miriam Tag (Germany) Diana Thater (USA) Federico Uribe (Columbia, USA) Rajesh P. Wankhade (India)

With support from Kulturfonds Rhein-Main Sparkasse Darmstadt Sparkasse Hessen-Thüringen Entega Stiftung Collaborative Partners HIMS Academy Zoo Vivarium Darmstadt Alte Fasanerie Hanau Darmstädter Textwerkstatt Ehrenamt für Darmstadt Schuldruckzentrum Darmstadt 

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The exhibition Animalia. Forays from Los Angeles to Mumbai at a glance.

Responsible for the contents, planning and realization of the exhibition: Dr. León Krempel, Director of the Kunsthalle Darmstadt, curator in collaboration with Ismail Mukadam, Kurator, HIMS Academy Title and Duration: Animalia. Forays from Los Angeles to Mumbai 10.09.2023 - 07.01.2024

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Affordable September Art Mela 16th September – 21st October 2023


With the festive season setting in, Aakriti Art Gallery is hosting the 11th edition of the ‘Affordable September Art Mela’ in Kolkata. After completing tenth successful editions of the fair at Kolkata, we look forward to offering this special opportunity to our patrons. We at Aakriti Art Gallery constantly strive to make art more accessible to all. ‘Affordable Art Mela’ hopes to bring art into the lives of people who harbour a passion and love for it. The gallery will be showcasing the works of over a hundred artists with more than a thousand art works within the range of 2000 to 3,00,000 INR. This is a one-of–a-kind occasion for art enthusiasts to collect original pieces of art at the best prices. The pursuit of owning great works of art should not be limited to a few. The pleasure of living with and savouring great works of art is incomparable to merely looking at them in galleries.


The Mela would feature paintings, sculptures and art prints by renowned artists as well as fresh talents in the industry. The gallery is putting together works by Abhijit Gupta, Achuthan Kuddalur, Adip Dutta, Aditya Basak, Akbar Padamsee, Akhil Chandra Das, Akhilesh, Alik Das, Alok Bal, Alok kumar Bhattacharya, Amalnath Chakladar, Amit Chakraborty, Amitava Dhar, Amlan Dutta, Anasuya Chakraborty, Anil Tekam, Anindya Roy, Anita Roy Chowdhury, Anshuman Dasgupta, Arindam Chatterjee, Arpita Singh, Arun kumar Majumdar, Arunangshu Roy, Arup Das, Ashok Bhowmik, Ashoke Roy, Asim Goswami, Asim Basu, Asit Mondal, Atanu Bhattacharya, Atin Basak, Avadhesh Yadav, Babu Xavier, Banasree Khan, Banatanwi Das Mahapatra, Barun Chowdhury, Bhajju Shyam, Bhaskar Mukherjee, Bibekananda Mukherjee, Bibhuti Chakraborty, Bijan Chowdhury, Bimal Kundu, Biraj kumar Paul, Birendra Pani, Biswajit Saha, Biswapati Maiti, B. R. Panesar, Chaitali Dey, Chaitali Chanda, Chameli Ramachandran, Chandan Bhandari, Chandra Bhattacharjee, Chandrakanta Nayak, Chhatrapati  Dutta, Chayan Roy, Debabrata Chakraborty, Debabrata Dey, Debajyoti Dhara, Debanjan Roy, Debasis Chakraborty, Debasis Barui, Debotosh Kar, Debraj Goswami, Dharamnarayan Dasgupta, Dhiren Shasmal, Dibyendu Basu, Dipak Banerjee, Dipak Kundu, Dipali Bhattacharya, Dipti Chakraborty, Diptish Ghosh Dastidar, F Tarannum, G. C. Chakraborty, Gautam Paul, Gita Maity, Gobardhan Ash, Gopal Ghose, Gopinath Roy, Hiran Mitra, Indira Puri Mistry, Indrapramit Roy, Ira Roy,  Irish Hudson Ghosh, J.M.S. Mani, Jahar Dasgupta, Jamini Roy, Jaya Ganguly, Jayanta Roy, Jayashree Chakravarty, Jiten Shukla, Jogen Chowdhury, Jyotirmoy Dalapati, K. Muralidharan, K. G. Subramanyan, Kanchan Dasgupta, Kartick Chand Pyne, Krishna Sardar, Laxman Aelay, Lalu Prasad Shaw, Laxmi Narayan Panchori, M. B. Ingle, Madhubanti, Mahinder Soni, Mahula Ghosh, Malay Chandan Saha, Manashi Mitra, Manik Talukdar, Manoj Dutta, Manoj Mitra, M. F. Husain, Mithun Dasgupta, Mona Ghosh, Mukul Dey, Nabanita Dutta Guha, Nantu Behari Das, Nikhileshwar Baruah, Nirban Ash, Nitya Kundu, P. R. Narvekar, Palash Bhaduri, Pankaj Panwar, Pannekunwar, Parag Roy, Partha Dasgupta, Partha Bhattacharya, Partha Pratim  Deb, Paula Sengupta, Pradosh Paul, Prasun Ghosh, Peter Daglish, Pinaki Barua, Piyali Sadhukhan, Pradip Mondal,  Pradip Rakshit, Pradip Maitra,   Prasanta Sahu, Priyanka Lahiri, Prasenjit Sengupta, Prokash Karmakar, Rabin Mondal, Radha Tekam, Rajarshi Biswas, Rajat Sen, Rajen Mondal, Rajesh Deb, Ramesh Tekam, Ramkinkar Baij, Ramkumar, Ramlal Dhar, Ritendra Roy, Sadhan Chakraborty, Sagar Bhowmick, Samindranath Majumdar, Samir Aich, Sanat Kar, Sanchayan Ghosh, Sanchita Sengupta, Sandip Daptari, Sanjay kumar Das, Sankha Banerjee, Santanu Bhattacharya, Saptarshi Das, Sarreshwari, Sekhar Baran Karmakar, Sekhar Kar, Sekhar Roy, Shankar Ghosh, Shipra Bhattacharjee,Shuvaprasanna, Shyam Kanu Barthakur, Sisir Tikadar, Somit Mukherjee, Snehasish Maity, Somnath Hore, Soumen Khamrui, Soumik Chakraborty, Soumitra Kar Sourav Jana, Srikanta Paul, Subhendu Porel, Subhanil Roy, Subrata Paul, Subrata Biswas (sculptor), Subrata Sen, Subrata Chowdhury, Subrata Biswas, Suchibrata Deb, Sudip Roy, Suhas Roy, Sujit Kumar Karan, Suman Roy, Suman Kumar Pal, Sumana Ghosh, Sunil De, Sunil Das, Sunil Kumar Das, Supam Adhikary, Swapan Kumar Mallick, Swapan Kumar Saha, Swapan Kumar Das, Swapnesh Chowdhury, Sweta Chandra, Tapan Ghosh, Tapan Mitra, Tapas Biswas, Tapas Konar, Tapas Sarkar, Tapas Shankar Basu, Tarun Dey, Tathi Premchand, Timir Brahma, Tusar Kanti Pradhan, Uma Siddhanta, Wasim R Kapoor, Yogendra Tripathi   and many more artists. The wide collection of works will showcase multiple art techniques like gouache, tempera, acrylic on canvas, charcoal drawings, etching, drawings on digital prints, bronze, ceramic across various styles and genres.


The business hours run from11 am to 7pm, Mondays to Saturdays.

To browse the exhibition from the comfort of your home, please visit the Affordable Art section



Aakriti Art Gallery

Orbit Enclave, 1st Floor

12/3A, Hungerford Street

Kolkata – 700 017

Phone: 91 33 22893027/5041

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