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Indian art seems to be developing a strong global presence. Recently, Bhupen Khakhar’s De-Lux Tailors fetched over £1 million at a Sotheby’s auction in London. Khakar has also been honoured at London’s Tate Modern.

In 2016, The Met Breuer contemporary and modern art programme launched with a retrospective of Nasreen Mohamedi. The Indian Art Fair and Kochi-Muziris Biennale are also fuelling interest in the contemporary art scene and building its international presence. Joey Horn is the Managing Director of Norway-based Oak Management AS and an avid collector of Indian contemporary art.

The Indian art scene is entering an exciting phase as it is increasingly sought after by major museums. Despite Christie’s backing out of India, the market seems strong; in the past five years, Indian art collectors have purchased works exceeding $250 million. Art is being consumed more hungrily and in different ways.

Natasha Ginwala curated Contour Biennale 8 in 2017 and the 56th Venice Biennale collateral. Ginwala has emerged as an important international name with various interesting projects. Her curatorial selection for 2017’s contemporary art exhibition featured a bold mix of modern and contemporary artists who examined the phenomenon of ‘crisis’ as the new normal.

One of Ginwala’s most notable projects is My East is Your West, a highly-charged political curatorial venture. The project featured as an important event at the 56th Venice Biennale, talking of cross-border politics; it included works by Lahore-based artist Rashid Rana and Shilpa Gupta from Mumbai. It is just one collection of Indian art being embraced within the biennial circuit by international museums.

Shanay Jhaveri holds the position of assistant curator of South Asian Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art; he wanted to introduce contemporary and modern art from the region into the well-established museum and Asian art is becoming much better represented in exhibition programmes around the world.

Interestingly, it seems that it is no longer just paintings and sculpture that are attracting attention in the modern global art scene. Research-led and interdisciplinary approaches are becoming increasingly popular across South Asia. Collaborative projects between international cultural institutions and arts organisations are helping to sustain this change.