Check out this art market
By Kinjal Trivedi
We have always seen and talked about art in museums or galleries, haven’t we? But I recently heard about this beautiful initiative of artists selling art in a vegetable market!
Art should be approachable and bring all stratas of society together. That is the point really… to make and sell affordable art.
If you ever go to Pune, you must try to visit Art Mandai.
Art Mandai, held annually on 26th January, at the Mahatma Phule Mandai, Shukrawar Peth, Pune, aims to bring authentic and affordable art to the people in a space that is very public. The idea is to help people connect with original artwork and excite them to own it and place in their personal surroundings.
Since 2016, Art Mandai has claimed a new space for art in the city and has successfully prompted fresh conversations about one of Pune’s most admired heritage structures. Art Mandai also creates a new audience for the Mahatma Phule Mandai by restoring it to popular consciousness.
The Mandai is a melting pot for different strata of society. It is used for political activities, religious festivals, theatre performances, and heritage walks. On weekends, photographers throng to it to record nuances of the place and its people.
Selling and exhibiting art, including interactive and performing arts – alongside vegetable and fruit vendors is an earnest attempt to dissolve hierarchies, make art commonplace and take these dialogues beyond the confines of art gallery spaces.
Art Mandai chooses a new theme every year. Artists and performers are required to work around only this theme; and interpret and respond to it with their own unique artistic sensibilities. I can’t wait to visit it soon.