New Delhi: H.E. Mr Alexandre Ziegler visited the French Pavilion at the India Art Fair at NSIC Grounds, Okhla, New Delhi on Saturday, February 10th. As part of Bonjour India – incubating dreams, ideas and projects which aim to move the partnership between India and France into the future, the heart of the French presence at the Art Fair is a specially designed stand focused on art education, Bonjour India Campus Art.
The French Institute in India participated for the first time with its own stand at the tenth edition of the India Art Fair (IAF) as part of Bonjour India, with the ambition to present the diversity of training offered in France in the artistic fields. An interaction with students on art education was held on the stand designed by Matali Crasset in the presence of Jean-Marc Bustamante, Director of the National School of Fine Arts and Indian artist Sakti Burman. The delegation also visited the stand of the DAG gallery where the masterpieces of nine Indian artists (“Navratna, Nine gems”) were presented to the artists by the French designer & scenographer Adrien Gardère. The visit concluded with a meeting with Catherine Chevillot, Director of the Musée Rodin, who gave a lecture at 4pm on the links between Rodin and Asia at the IAF.
Campus art is a network of French higher education institutions offering courses in art, design, fashion, music or architecture led by Agence Campus France, with the support of the Ministries of Higher Education, Research and Innovation, Europe and Foreign Affairs, and Culture, as well as ANDEA (National Association of Art Schools). Presented on-screen at the stand, but also accessible on the shelves that are available to visitors, the Campus Art stand displays a vast choice of over 400 courses, from Arts management and curatorial courses, cinema, jewelry to fashion or 3D animation. Students can apply online on the spot by following the advice of Campus France representatives present on site.
Designed to attract visitors in the context of a contemporary art fair, the stand designed by the renowned designer Matali Crasset consists of brightly colored elements, mobile and designed to be reused on other projects to promote studies in France. The furniture allows to receive the visitors, to exchange with them and to present the information elements relative to Campus Art.
The ambassador H.E. Mr Alexandre Ziegler said, “France and India have a long history when it comes to art. We have always welcomed young aspiring Indian artists to study in France, and inspired them to pursue their passion. France offers unparalleled training in a vast array of creative and cultural industries and has an expertise in making culture a source of employability. We are therefore encouraging more and more students from India to come each year in the various fields of arts”.