Organisers of the modern and contemporary art fair have announced event dates beginning January 29 to February 1. A range of work from high profile domestic and international artists are set to showcase a breadth of modern and contemporary art practices including painting, sculpture,new media, installation and performance art.

"One significant new element introduced to IAF is the appointment of Girish Shahane as Artistic Director," a statement from the organisers said.Highlights of the programme include renowned French artist Daniel Buren's massive installation work, supported by the French Embassy in India and specially designed for the art fair facade.

This is the first of an annual artist-led facade installation project at the fair. Artist Atul Bhalla is set to create an interactive walk through maze of turnstiles while Chitra Ganesh and Dhruvi
Acharya would create a collaborative on site painting designed to give visitors an insight into the processes contemporary artists employ in their work.

A further dramatic project comes in the form of Francesco Clemente's tent installation.    "For 40 years Clemente, one of the world's most renowned painters, has collaborated with a range of Indian artisans in Chennai, Orissa, Varanasi and Jodhpur creating his series of tents using a range of techniques such as embroidery, block printing and his own spectacular paintings," organisers said.

Neha Kirpal, Founding Director, IAF said the Fair "has taken stock of the way the world is looking at India and the way in which India presents itself to the world."She said with the establishment of "more international fairs representing emerging markets, the desire for collectors is not necessarily to follow the same artists and galleries around the globe, but to engage at a deeper level with each region.""There is something for everyone and that is what is needed" she said.

The IAF which began in 2008 was in the year 2011 joined by new strategic partners Sandy Angus and Will Ramsay  both of whom are also co-founders of Hong Kong International Art Fair. "I can see that collectors today travel the globe to be able to see art from different regions and have a distinguished experience wherever they may go. The desire is to see fresh new works and art forms from exciting emerging markets" Angus a co-owner, IAF said.

Speakers at the Fair include Adam Szymczyk, Artistic Director of documenta, the world's largest and most prestigious contemporary art exhibition; Venu Vasudevan, Director General, National Museum; Jeremy Deller, leading artist and creator of the British pavilion at the 2013 Venice Biennale.

Other speakers include Sheikha Hoor al Qasimi, Director, Sharjah Biennale and curator of the UAE pavilion at the next Venice Biennale and Julian Stallabrass, Professor at the Courtauld Institute London, lecturer and writer on modern and contemporary art.

A series of talks and events including conversations with Jeremy Deller, workshops with the Asia Art Archive and book launches for Arpita Singh with Vadehra Art Gallery, and Forms of Devotion with Sushma Bahl and the Museum of Sacred Art are set to be hosted by YES Bank.

Organisers said this year the Fair has been re-calibrated with additional exhibition space and recommissioning of the permanent structure. Presented by Delhi Art Gallery, the comprehensive review is expected to showcase a full range of the country's most important artists.

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