With the new year having just unfurled its wings, it’s time to fly into another month of art adventures! Come peek into our monthly list of unmissable January art exhibitions and head on to an art exhibition in your locality!
Whether you’re someone looking to get back to your traditional roots by exploring Indian art forms or someone curious to explore the local art scene, January offers a plethora of exhibitions waiting to be discovered.
1. Chitra Santhe: “The Kumbh Mela of Art!”
Every January, Bengaluru’s Kumara Krupa Road transforms into an artist’s paradise for Chithra Santhe, the city’s flagship art event. The Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath has been organising this art festival for the last 20 years, attracting over 1500 artists and 500,000 art enthusiasts annually. This one-day event stands out from the list of January art exhibitions
The 21st edition, set for January 7, 2024, is a collaboration between Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath (CKP) and the Department of Higher Education and will display a plethora of artworks ranging from water, oil and acrylic works to paintings in Tanjore, Madhubani, Mysore and many other traditional Indian art forms.
This year’s focus is on Indian space scientists, recognizing their contributions to space research projects. Shashidhar SN, Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath’s secretary, notes, “Each edition picks a theme from the previous year. This time, we celebrate the achievements of our space scientists after the successful Chandrayaan mission.”
When: 7th January 2024
Where: Kumara Krupa Road, Bengaluru
Contact:+91 90363 30928
2. Kamdhenu Art Exhibition
Our lineup of January art exhibitions is surely going to impress traditional Indian art lovers. Are you interested in looking at varied interpretations of the cow motif in Pichwai art?
Visit this group art exhibition featuring renowned artists like Milind Mulick, Uttam Bhattacharya, Mukta Gupta, Ajay Samir, Vivek Nimbolkar, Paras Parmar, Sanjiv Sankpal, Kappari Kishan and many more.
With the Kamadhenu – a celestial cow – as its central theme, this exhibition is centred around the gentle mystique of cows and revolves around the cultural significance of Indian cows and bulls.
When: 13th – 21st January 2024, 11 am – 7 pm
Where: Monalisa Kalagram, Koregaon Park, Pune
Contact: 089752 23030
Also read: The Art Of Pichwai Paintings
3. Kalavriksha 2024 – A Group Art Exhibition
Looking for January art exhibitions offering various artistic expressions in one place? This one is for you!
Commencing on January 1, 2024, the group art exhibition titled “Kalavriksha 2024” featuring the distinctive works of 25 faculty members from the College of Art is currently captivating audiences in Delhi at Lalit Kala Akademi, Rabindra Bhawan.
This exhibition promises a comprehensive exploration of art and culture, delving into the dynamic interplay between concealed and revealed elements. Showcasing a convergence of varied artistic styles, the event invites attendees to immerse themselves in a multidisciplinary experience that transcends cultural and artistic boundaries.
Embark on a visual journey through various artistic forms such as sculpture, painting, drawing, printmaking, applied art, and photography, as this group art exhibition unfolds the richness of these diverse artistic expressions.
When: Ongoing until January 15th 2024, 11 am – 7 pm
Where: Lalit Kala Akademi, Rabindra Bhawan, Delhi
Organised by Subodh Kerkar, the founding director of MOG, and artist Pradeep Naik, ‘Maresia’ is a collaborative effort involving MOG, the Consulate General of Portugal, and Camões – Centro de Língua Portuguesa. If you’re staying or travelling in Goa this month, this is one experience that is a must-visit from our list of January art exhibitions.
Isabel de Mendonça Raimundo, the Consul General of Portugal in Goa, expressed that the exhibition seeks to portray the profound impact of historical influences and cultures shaping the relationship between Portugal and Goa, spanning centuries to the present. It contributes to a distinctive Goan narrative.
The exhibition’s title, created by Delfim Correia da Silva, Director of Camões – Centro de Língua Portuguesa, is the Portuguese word ‘Maresia,’ which translates to sea breeze in English. According to Kerkar, this term perfectly captures the overarching theme of the exhibition which as per him is “a visual diary of Goa’s evolving identity”.
When: Ongoing until January 15th 2024, 10 am – 6 pm
Where: Museum of Goa, Pilerne, North Goa
Contact: 077220 89666
5. Crafts Bazaar, Delhi Haat
The ongoing Crafts Bazaar at Delhi Haat brings together artisans from 22 states, featuring 170 stalls showcasing traditional art and craft.
Celebrating its 38th year, the Dastkari Haat Samiti is dedicated to preserving India’s cultural heritage and supporting crafts people’s livelihoods. This year’s 38th Craft Bazaar in the capital offers a chance to support local art. The event includes artists from 22 states, including 65 national and state awardees.
The diverse crafts range from leaf printing in Gujarat to Leheriya in Rajasthan, showcasing unique products from different states. Traditional art forms like tribal Gond art, Kalighat, and Phad, and crafts such as brass work and terracotta are also featured, making the exhibition a vibrant celebration of India’s artistic traditions.
What’s more? You get to not just buy art but also witness 45 live demonstrations of various art forms like Madhubani painting, Pattachitra painting from Orissa, Miniature painting from Rajasthan and many more.
If you’re craving January art exhibitions that celebrate Indian traditional art forms, this one is a must-see!
When: Ongoing until January 15th 2024, 11 am – 8 pm
Where: Delhi Haat, INA, New Delhi
Entry: INR 30
Wrapping it up
This month’s art exhibitions have offered a captivating journey through diverse artistic expressions. From the vibrant Crafts Bazaar at Delhi Haat to the inspiring gallery displays featuring both contemporary and traditional art, the month has celebrated the richness of creativity.
Each piece, whether intricate crafts or bold strokes of a painting, has contributed to the cultural vibrancy of the Indian art scene. Here’s to supporting and celebrating the arts that enrich our lives, and looking forward to future exhibitions that continue to connect us to the beauty of human expression.