Mapped: Your art dose for the Mumbai Gallery Weekend

Jan 17, 2016, 06:39 IST | Benita Fernando

Tie your laces for the Mumbai Gallery Weekend's mega line-up of exhibition openings and walkthroughs

The Mumbai Gallery Weekend (MGW), now in its fifth year, is when the casual art gallery-goer and the committed collector gear up for three days worth of activities. After openings on January 22, and before extended gallery hours on January 24, follow sunday mid-day’s map of guided walkthroughs happening on January 23. For the full schedule, head to


When the wind blows
BMP Building, Colaba
11.30 AM

A title adopted from a 1982 graphic novel by Raymod Briggs sets the tone for artist Prajakta Potnis’ show. Domestic objects — table fans, chopping boards and synthetic packaging material — and even parts of appliances become the items that Potnis plays with. A cauliflower, then, becomes a mushroom cloud from a nuclear explosion, inside a microwave unit.
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Portraits of the self
3rd Pasta Lane, Colaba
12.15 PM

Curator and gallerist Abhay Maskara presents the works of Max Streicher, a theologist and sculptor from Toronto along with Baroda based art historian and painter Parag Sonarghare. Questioning notions of gender and identity, this exhibition on the masculine succeeds a former one centred around the female form.


Queens Mansion, G Talwatkar Marg, Fort
7.15 PM

It’s been five years after his acclaimed solo exhibitions were shown in the city, and Jitish Kallat has returned with an exhibition of new works. The exhibition boasts of drawings, sculptures, photo-pieces and video. Neural networks, sacred geometries, a meeting of wind and fire, images of the moon are just some of the thematic clues to egg on your curiosity.


Sunny House, behind Taj Mahal Hotel
6.15 PM

Tanya Goel’s works look like a series of codes which resemble a grid, which in fact use pigments made from construction material. Fascinated by urban construction sites, Goel has pulverized materials to make her pastel inks for her abstract works. The show, which opened last month , is representative of Goel’s painstaking process.


Analysis and Association – Analogies of Forms Grants Building,
Arthur Bunder Road, 4 PM

Going around in circles, but not metaphorically. German artist Alke Reeh uses the circle pattern as a symbol against religious and ethnic borders. Right from a China cup to a cupola, Reeh uses this simple, but powerful, shape to make you look at the world through her eyes.

Sakshi Gallery

Grants Building, Arthur Bunder Road
4.45 PM

Photographer Pablo Bartholomew and his many muses — painters, filmmakers, actors, writers and poets — are part of this stunning visual homage. Bartholomew has excavated his archives from the 70s and 80s to present three bodies of work — Outside In: A Tale of 3 Cities (2007), Bombay: Chronicles of a Past Life (2011), and the Calcutta Diaries (2012). The suite could be his last archival dive.

Grants Building,
Arthur Bunder Road
5.30 PM

Sahej Rahal’s second solo exhibition has been much-anticipate, especially after his acclaimed installation in the last edition of the Kochi Muziris Biennale. The show includes a suite of works on paper, sculpture, photography and a major new video work. Rahal’s work is a super-mix of futuristic imagery, science fiction, myth and archaeology.

Allied shows

Thinking Tantra
Raj Bhavan, Walkeshwar
Opens on January 23, 11 AM – 6 PM
This unique show curated by Rebecca Heald has works by Indian artists, who in the 1970s and 80s either practised Tantric rituals or customs, or appreciated them as a form of self-expression. Also on view are a selection of international artists.

The dream must turn speculative
Upadarshta House, Kala Ghoda
Opens on January 23, 10 AM – 6 PM
A fine chance to catch New Delhi’s Nature Morte which brings works by Suhasini Kejriwal, LN Tallur, and Faig Ahmed Artist to the city. Installations and sculptures predominate this show.

Sri Sri Lanka
Dhanraj Mahal, Apollo Bunder
11 AM – 6 PM

Sri Lankan artist Pala Pothupitiye’s celebrated maps will make you fall in love with our geographical neighbour. The paper and canvas works explore the process of re-crafting the ‘official’ version of maps, while delving into Sri Lanka’s rich historical past.

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