Mumbai is home to the world’s largest collection of art, but the city is also home to a number of galleries.
Here are five things you need to know about Mumbai’s gallery scene.1.
Gallery owners need to be on their toesThe Mumbai gallery market has become a lot more competitive, with some galleries being shuttered, others being sold off or just relocated to new locations.
But some galleries remain open and offer an alternative gallery experience.
Most of the art is by local artists, though some galleries offer works by international artists.
Some of the galleries that are thriving include The Gallery at the Sanketan, a small gallery located on the ground floor of the old Jyoti Bhavan, and the Museum of Contemporary Arts, a gallery located in the building that once housed the Sunken City, which was demolished by the Mumbai Municipal Corporation (MMCC).2.
Gallery prices vary widelyA typical gallery, like the one pictured above, is expected to charge between Rs 10,000 and Rs 20,000 ($1,000 to $4,000) for a show.
In a city with a population of 1.7 million, it is possible to rent an entire gallery for just Rs 10 per night, according to a recent report by MFA, the Mumbai Art Federation.3.
Prices are high in certain areasThe MFA report noted that prices in certain parts of Mumbai have risen above the average rates in the city, especially in the past year.
For example, in a section of Mysuru where most of the city’s art gallery tenants live, the average monthly rent is Rs 1,000.
In an area like Bandra-Ahmedabad where the average annual rent is just Rs 500, the cost for an artist is Rs 2,000 per week.4.
It’s not cheap to be a gallery ownerThere is a strong push for the art market to be more affordable, but there are some hurdles that artists face in their pursuit of high-quality work.
For instance, most artists are unable to find affordable accommodation for a large gallery in their area.
For artists who are not able to rent out their space, they will often resort to renting out rooms at a private home.5.
Artists need to understand the city and its art marketMany artists are reluctant to leave their homes in Mumbai because of the high prices.
But a few artists have decided to leave Mumbai altogether to become a gallery owners.
One of the most well-known gallery owners in Mumbai is Manjula Devi, who opened her gallery in 2001 in the old Sankete gallery, in Bandra’s Sanketr district.
The gallery has since expanded to a larger space in Bandrasagar.
Manjuli has also opened a new gallery in the nearby Kalkaji area, where her gallery is located.