By drawing upon folk art, Indian painting traditions, and indigenous materials, the Bengal School of Art incubated a distinctly Indian style of modernism which continued to flourish throughout India during the early 20th century. Leading painters of this time include the likes of Rabindranath Tagore, Jamini Roy, and Ganesh Pyne, the works of whom will be on display at Art Podium from 13 to 16 Sept. 

With a focus on Indian art, the inaugural edition of the art fair pulls together over 140 artworks from more than 30 artists across India, Sri Lanka, Korea, and South-east Asia. Paintings from as far back as the 19th century will sit alongside more contemporary works, all priced between $1,000 and $60,000.  

Hemendranath Mazumdar untitled
Hemendranath Mazumdar (1894-1948) – Untitled

Notably, Kavita Raha, founder of Art Podium and an avid art collector herself, managed to convince private collectors to open up their collections for the fair. As such, visitors can expect to come face-to-face with rare works from the Bengal Masters, some of which have never been displayed publicly. 

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of artworks at the fair will go towards Red Pencil, a non-profit organisation that aims to rehabilitate children and adults who have endured traumatic events by way of art therapy.

Art Podium will be held from 13 to 16 Sept at The Arts House. 1 Old Parliament Lane, Singapore 179429.