Art Bengaluru 2019 presents installations, video, 3D sculpture, photography, digital art and more

After eight editions, Art Bengaluru is being hailed as one of India’s leading art events, bringing together the best of artists, galleries, art collectors, and art aficionados under one roof.

author_img Joy S Published :  02nd November 2019 11:01 AM   |   Published :   |  02nd November 2019 11:01 AM
Majestic Forest - Daan Oude Elferink (Netherlands)

Majestic Forest - Daan Oude Elferink (Netherlands)

Bengaluru: The purpose of art, as Pablo Picasso eloquently put it, “is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.”

However, as long as art stays confined within galleries, museums, and the elite corridors of the world, majority of humanity has little opportunity to experience its wondrous soul-cleansing effects.

To increase art awareness among people and promote emerging artforms and artists, Art Bengaluru was started in 2010.

Now after eight successful editions, it is hailed as one of India’s leading art events, and brings together the best of artists, galleries, art collectors, and art aficionados under one roof, year after year.

About Art Bengaluru 2019 (02 – 30 November 2019)
The 9th Edition of Bengaluru’s first-ever and only art extravaganza will kick-start on 02 November and continue all month, till 30 November. The venue remains the same: UB City, the most popular hotspot for Luxury, Art and Culture in Bengaluru.

Art Bengaluru 2019 is all set to introduce a new wave of artists and performers into the emerging South Indian art market. The Opening Night will witness a beautiful performance by the Bangalore City Chamber Orchestra.

Art Bengaluru 2019 brings together 21 reputed artists from across the world, including USA, Netherlands, France and Saudi Arabia.

150-200 works of art (including paintings, hand-blown glass sculpture, installations, video projects, 3D printed sculpture, photography, mixed media and digital art) will be going on display throughout The Collection, UB City.

Furthermore, there will be workshops and talks by reputed artists including two crafts workshops by celebrated craftsmen from across India.


Chittorgarh Fort April 19 - Vijit Pillai


International Artists at Art Bengaluru 2019
Afra Khan (Jeddah - Saudi Arabia), Daan Oude Elferink (Arnhem - Netherlands), Jordan Sitzer (Los Angeles - USA), Pierre Poulain (Paris – France). 

National Artists at Art Bengaluru 2019
Anil Ijeri (Bijapur), Anni Kumari (Delhi), Chandrahas Y Jalihal (Gulbarga), Haribaabu Naatesan (Mumbai), Hariram V (Chennai), Harsh Nowlakha (Kolkata), Harshit Agrawal (Bengaluru), Pradeep Kumar DM (Bengaluru), R M Palaniappan (Chennai), Rekha Krishnamurthy (Bengaluru), Sruthi S Kumar (Kerala), Venugopala H S (Bengaluru), Vijit Pillai (Hyderabad). 

Emerging Artists under ‘The Art Bengaluru Emerging Artist Program’
Alayna Zaid (Bengaluru), Rupak Munje (Chennai), Sanjana Srikanth (Bengaluru), Shoeb Dastagir (Bengaluru).


Gravity Size - Haribabu Natesan


Highlights of the Festival
Celebrated Dutch photographer Daan Oude Elferink will present some of his most dramatic works, capturing the glory of abandoned places. Long-forgotten castles, decrepit hospitals, deserted industrial facilities… each image tells a magical story of life lived once upon a time.

Internationally acclaimed artist, RM Palaniappan: Studied advanced Lithography in Tamarind Institute (USA) during 1991 and was the Artist in Residence at the Oxford University in 1996.

A recipient of several awards, honours and residencies including the National Award, President of India’s Silver Plaque, RAZA Foundation and International Prints Biennales of Bhopal, India and Taiwan; and the Fulbright Grant of United States, Charles Wallace India Trust grant of England, International Visitorship programme of USIS, and Senior Fellowship, Govt of India.

He has been invited to visit France, Germany and the United States by their Cultural wings, and Australia by the invitation of Min. Ext. Affairs, Govt of Australia. 

Haribaabu Naatesan’s work connects people more closely to their world. Perforce, interacting with a piece of art by Haribaabu compels closer examination, reflection, introspection, wonder and even bewilderment.


A Hole in the Sea - Pierre Poulain (Paris - France)


The ordinariness of his medium – metal scrap and other detritus of consumption – makes messengers out of garbage.

“I want my artworks to provoke people to think about the materials they consume; when they discard a cycle or computer, when they re-decorate their homes, they must be aware of how much junk they are creating,” says Haribaabu.

Anni Kumari explores the poetry and the paradox of contemporary realities- complexities of relationships, identities, and cultures through precise geometrical forms.

She studied Politics and subsequently, Painting at the Delhi University, juggling with experiences of migration and displacement, at personal and socio-anthropological levels.

These personal experiences, a penchant for the pigment black and an aptitude for mathematical observations, have shaped her practice that extends beyond the studio, into the classroom as an art educator and the wilderness as an academic researcher.

Harshit Agrawal is an Artificial Intelligence (AI) and new media artist. Through his practice, he explores what he calls the ‘human-machine creativity continuum’- the melding of human and machine creative agency.

He uses machines and algorithms and often creates them as an essential part of his art process, embracing becoming the cyborg artist. He often juxtaposes traditional art media and tools along with machines and computation, creating a space to both direct, and be guided by the machine.


There is a BIT of you in some BIT of me (2018) - Anni Kumari


OnePlus has collaborated with Art Bengaluru 2019 to create a unique exhibit inspired by technology. Renowned globally for the superior quality of their smartphone cameras, they are featuring a unique series of abstract AI-generated artworks by reputed artist, Harshit Agrawal using the OnePlus community’s ShotonOnePlus images.  
With a majority of the people across the world using smartphone cameras to capture their special moments, OnePlus is also organising a special workshop for its community on 'Smartphone Photography' along with a photo-walk by esteemed artist, Pallon Daruwala to show people how anyone can take great photographs on their smartphones. The workshop will take place on Saturday - 23 November 2019 from 10 am – 1 pm. 

Film Bengaluru: International Film Festival 2019
This year’s Art Bengaluru has a new unique addition, ‘Film Bengaluru’ – an International Film Festival organized in partnership with the UNESCO MGIEP focusing on the theme, “Kindness Matters”.

Film Bengaluru will take place from 14 – 17 November 2019, and is a search for our planet’s most enlightened filmmakers who use their art for celebrating "Kindness Matters".  

In the spirit of Children’s Day, on 14th November, there will be an exclusive screening of children’s films with a performance by the My Earth band.

Along with curated selections of film screenings, Film Bengaluru will host panel discussions on cinema and kindness featuring eminent personalities along with opening the stage to captivating live performances by stellar artists.

While Uzma Irfan is the Chairperson for the Festival, Grammy Award-winning musician, Ricky Kej is the Festival Director. The films have been curated by Srinivasa Santhanam under the guidance of Anantha Duraiappah. 

Speaking about the evolution of Art Bengaluru, Ms Uzma Irfan – Founder - Sublime Galleria & Director - Prestige Group, said, “Nine years ago, we had conceptualised Art Bengaluru as a dedicated festival for the arts. Ever since, it has been a trailblazer event, a celebration of art, culture and luxury, on par with the finest art shows across the globe."


Man and Nature - Chandrahas Y Jalihal


"Our constant effort has been to put Bengaluru on the map of the international art world, and give India’s rich and diverse culture the global platform it deserves. This year, we will be carrying forward the tradition, with new artists – some established, others emerging. As we work to unite the art community, our focus is on promoting investment in art.”

Abhishek Naidu – Curator, Art Bengaluru noted, “India’s contemporary art market is in a healthy space. A new generation of collectors are on the rise who are looking at platforms like Art Bengaluru to engage with some of the best emerging and established artists from India and beyond."

"Over the last decade, Art Bengaluru has played a pivotal role in forging spirited bonds between artists, galleries, art collectors and art enthusiasts, not only across India, but also in New York, Beijing, Paris, Amsterdam and other international locations. With Art Bengaluru 2019, we wish to further strengthen these bonds and boost the outlook for the Indian art market.”

Why Art Bengaluru
The biggest USP of Art Bengaluru has been its ability to get the regular city-dweller and the finest of artists together, on familiar ground. Art Bengaluru is, essentially, an interaction with art. Familiarity breeds appreciation. It makes art an integral part of our lives and public discourse.

By hosting the festival at The Collection, UB City, with the artworks put up throughout the mall, Art Bengaluru’s purpose is to inspire curiosity in every person who enters the luxury mall vis-à-vis the stunning works of art.

As far as the artists are concerned, the landmark event offers them the remarkable opportunity to exhibit their work with museum-class art infrastructure as well as foster connections with the local artist community. 

Art Bengaluru - South India’s premier contemporary art festival gears up for its 9th Edition

  • Art Bengaluru 2019 will take place from 02 - 30 November 2019 at UB City, Bengaluru.
  • Will bring together 21 reputed artists from across the world, including USA, Netherlands, France and Saudi Arabia along with 150 – 200 artworks, under one roof.
  • Will feature over a dozen talks, workshops, curated walks and other art experiences.
  • For the first time ever, will also feature Film Bengaluru – an International Film Festival organised in partnership with the UNESCO MGIEP focusing on the theme, Kindness Matters (14 – 17 November 2019).