The AD Design Show took over Mumbai’s Art and Design scene on its first day with an exemplary curated programming schedule including the grand opening ceremony. The opening day witnessed a confluence of art and design connoisseurs, patrons and practitioners alike, participating in the intersection of art, design and architecture.Every element of this edition is underlined by celebrating Bharat: The Power Talks with its stellar lineup of speakers, the Power to the Karigar Pavilion, the monolithic AD Museum, the six art galleries exhibiting this year and the entire curation of brands was unveiled today.
Held in association with title partner Asian Paints and associate partners Artize, DAG, JSW, Nesterra, Glenfiddich Artists in Residence and Hendrick's at the Jio World Convention Center, BKC, Mumbai, the event launched with a special welcome from Alex Kuruvilla, the Managing Director of Condé Nast India followed by Amit Syngle, MD and CEO of Asian Paints and Komal Sharma, Head of Editorial Content, AD Bharat
Amit Syngle, MD and CEO of Asian Paints said, “It gives me immense pleasure to see a superlative design show like the AD Design show back to its glorious physical format. It’s a special year with a retrospective on 75 years of design in Independent Bharat, and exciting displays and programming right at the cutting edge of design. Asian Paints has been an integral part of this event from its beginning and we are proud partners and design collaborators as we see it get bigger and better with every passing year.”
Komal Sharma, Head of Editorial Content, AD Bharat said “Bringing The AD Design Show back after three years has been a mad, crazy ride. The momentum that an event like this brings, it really cannot be compared to anything else. It’s a journey from ideas to a real physical show with collaboration at every level; from brands, from speakers, production, sales, marketing, editorial – it’s really a stupendous team effort and quite remarkable to witness and be a part of.”
The central highlight of the show celebrating 75 years of Bharat’s independence is the AD Museum. This has been created like a sanctum and exhibits a collection of 75 photographs and objects curated to showcase Bharat’s history since 1947. From architectural landmarks to objects of importance, the museum throws a spotlight on ‘Bharat Gaze’ and gives you an anecdotal tour of Bharat’s history through textiles, photos, architecture, and more. A MUST SEE!
The pièce de résistance at the show is ‘The Birth of a Star’ by leading artist Subodh Gupta. The installation features two astronomical stainless steel pots transformed into what appears to be a collision between two celestial bodies, resulting in a blinding white light emerging from the mirrored void between them. With this artwork, Gupta seeks out the universal, the cosmic in everyday banal objects, to witness the divine in the most humble of means.
Additional installations include Alex Davis’ iconic piece Champa Vatika which is five petal champa flowers from his collection of Hyper Blooms. Also Istituto Marangoni is showcasing the winning design collection of their lockdown project for students in association with Cocoon Fine Rugs named ‘Brutal Utopia’.
Day 1 of the Power Talks included
Pinakin Patel in conversation with popular journalist & columnist - Gayatri Rangachari Shah. Vikram Goyal in conversation with Mortimer Chatterjee on ‘creating value in Bharatiya art traditions and contemporary design’. Monika Correa in conversation with Mayank Mansingh Kaul. The day ended with London based designer Michael Anastassiades and Bharatiya architect Bijoy Jain moderated by AD’s Komal Sharma.
The second and third days promise to be as exciting as the first day - conversations with key opinion leaders like Pankaj Vir Gupta, Dayanita Singh, Ritu Sethi, Naman Ahuja, Sonam Kapoor Ahuja to name a few and The AD X JSW contemporary craftsmanship award ceremony.
There is an exclusively curated AD Cafe at the show which includes hospitality partners, Plural which is a contemporary Southeast Asian restaurant and delivery kitchen with a sustainability focus. Taftoon is an ode to the flavours of the Grand Trunk Road, the northern axis of the Bharatiya subcontinent from the 16" Century. In restaurant Joshi House, architect Ashiesh Shah with Suren Joshi evokes Jaipur’s havelis and pays homage to Rajasthani architecture and crafts. The Conservatory's food takes inspiration from Southeast Asian cuisine combined with a touch of European tapas. KCROASTERS strives on creating a community & delivering a coffee experience that is nothing less than memorable.