“Home Spun,” 2011. Exhibition view at Devi Art Foundation, Gurgaon. Courtesy Devi Art Foundation
The Devi Art Foundation was established to facilitate the viewership of creative expression and artistic practice that exists in India. This nonprofit space provides for innovation unconstrained by commercial limitations, in order to afford an art center for artists from the region engaged in cutting-edge, experimental work. Along with providing a platform for contemporary artists, it hopes to interact closely with and encourage young curators and critics, helping to give voice to their concerns.
By undermining geopolitical divides, the foundation’s objective is to foster a dialogue among various art practitioners from within the Indian Subcontinent, enhancing the understanding of our shared history. A series of talks and lectures is designed to accompany each exhibition in an attempt to bridge the gap between art production and the wider audience. Supplementing the series is an education and outreach program aimed at encouraging a culture where art becomes a matter of active discussion and debate.
Located on the premises of a corporate office, the foundation is spread over two floors with an area of 7,500 square feet. Its program focuses on two exhibitions each year, curated out of the Lekha and Anupam Poddar Collection. The works are on view for a substantial period to allow engagement with the exhibits.