Dubai: A new gallery showcasing Indian art in the Middle East has opened in Dubai with an exhibition featuring paintings by some of India's well known artists.

The gallery will run the exhibition titled 'Pioneers of Indian Modernism' till June 30 where six works by MF Husain, SH Raza, Tyeb Mehta, VS Gaitonde, Ram Kumar and Akbar Padamsee are on display.

The newly opened space has been named 'Sovereign' and is part of an expansion plan undertaken by India's 50-year old Pundole Art Gallery and Pundole's auction house.

The gallery will try to popularize regional art and serve as an advisor to private and corporate art collectors.

"The concept of Sovereign evolved from a multi-pronged mission. Although it may be a while before Indian art truly comes of age, it has made great headway in recent years, and is a buzzword for international museums, auctioneers, and art collectors," said owner and curator Dadiba Pundole.

According to Pundole, the Indian art market is currently valued at USD 400 million – within a global art market that exceeds USD 60 billion.

"The best way to look at these figures is to gauge, and then to harness the immense growth potential. At Sovereign, our aim is simply to make Indian art more available and accessible to collectors in the Middle East," he said.


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