A Ganesh Pyne creation, 1990. [Image source]
The first permanent address of an art auction center in the city is going to be at the Emami Group’s HQ on EM Bypass near Ruby Hospital. There, occupying 2 floors of the Emami Building over a total area of 14,000 sq ft, will the auction center be.
Emami Chisel is a joint venture between Emami Group and Chisel, an art outfit that also owns Aakriti Art Gallery. The first auction is slated for end-2007 or beginning 2008, and from then on there’ll be 3 to 4 auctions in a year at the center.
The focus will be on modern and contemporary art as these are the ones that are mainly in demand among discerning buyers. To that extent, Emami Chisel is in talks with other art galleries, art collectors and artists allover the country to source paintings and sculptures for auctions.
Of the 2 floors being planned for to locate the auction center, the ground floor will exhibit works of art that are going to be auctioned about one week before the event till the auction starts.
The upper floor will see the thick of action at the time of auction. There will be both on-ground and online auctions, which means NRIs and foreign collectors too can have opportunity to lap up paintings and sculptures.