Art is not, as the metaphysicians say, the manifestation of some mysterious idea of beauty or God; it is not, as the aesthetical physiologists say, a game in which man lets off his excess of stored-up energy; it is not the expression of man’s emotions by external signs; it is not the production of pleasing objects; and, above all, it is not inly pleasure; but it is a means of union among men, joining them together in the same feelings, and indispensable for the life and progress toward well-being of individuals and of humanity. – Leo Tolstoy
Aakriti Art Gallery spread its wings in the year 2005 in Kolkata. Since then it has been an insightful momentous journey. Last year the gallery celebrated its 10th anniversary and continues to follow their advocacy in the field of Modern and Contemporary Indian Art. Aakriti Art Gallery, under the stewardship of Vikram Bachhawat, represents an eclectic mix of artists – Venerable Master’s like Ramkumar, Satish Gujral and Partha Pratim Deb and distinguished practitioners like Aditya Basak, Asim Basu, Akhil Chandra Das, Chandra Bhattacharjee, Tapas Biswas, Sekhar Roy, Subrata Biswas , who hold a significant position in the field of art. The gallery has always taken enormous care to put contemporary Indian art before the public in a balanced and coherent manner.
Aakriti seeks out fresh discursive spaces, believing at the same time that any theoretical foreclosure is not needed, It invites at regular intervals young and emerging artists’ to showcase their work in its own gallery in Kolkata and Delhi thus opening new platitudes and giving birth to an unrestrained dialogue. As debased modernism retreats more and more into deviance and dissonance, Aakriti Art Gallery feels the need to raise the most searching questions in these works of the Masters and the established artists that produce our finest visual text.