21st September 2017
Mumbai Art Room relaunches as a Curatorial Lab

After six years of international programming on Fourth Pasta Lane in Colaba, Mumbai, the Trustees of the Mumbai Art Room are pleased to announce a new focus for the institution’s next two years as it transitions into a curatorial lab for Indian and international emerging curators.

The Mumbai Art Room will provide mentoring and exhibition space for the next generation of curators, to explore and develop their practice. Emerging curators will be nominated by eminent practicing curators in India and abroad and will be invited to submit proposals for the four annual exhibitions. Intended to supplement the wealth of existing curatorial programmes available in India, Mumbai Art Room will work with Indian and international curators, to support their practice at critical points in their careers as they mature as exhibition makers.

Alongside a newly formed Curatorial Advisory Committee of leading academics and curators, Mumbai Art Room has appointed Eve Lemesle as the new Managing Director. The curatorial committee and Eve will mentor the emerging curators on the management skills needed to produce exhibitions, as well as the leadership skills needed to run a small institution in India.

On the 20 September 2017 Mumbai Art Room hosted their annual benefit including the Mumbai launch of Dayanita Singh’s latest book/exhibition, Museum Bhavan. Described as a ‘Pocket Museum’ the work encourages people to become curators of Dayanita Singh’s work and have their own openings, at home or on their travels. The pocket museum will also travel to the Tate Modern, London (which is also making a short film based on the work). The Mumbai Art Room audience will be invited to curate the book themselves within the exhibition space, while curator Diana Campbell Betancourt will give a talk on the Pocket Museum and Singh’s work.

Alongside this, leading Indian artist Subodh Gupta has designed limited edition ceramic plates especially for the 2017 benefit. Proceeds from both Museum Bhavan and Subodh Gupta’s limited edition ceramics will support the Curatorial Lab – and the first emerging curator to benefit from this platform will be announced at the benefit.

Following the benefit event Mumbai Art Room will hold its annual exhibition, opening on the 27th September. Titled The Real Taste of India the exhibition provides a commentary on homogenized national identity and the commercialization of culture comprising a collaboration between curator-artists Nihaal Faizal and Chinar Shah. The exhibition is generously supported by the Inlaks Shivdasani Foundation.