DAG has done seminal work in gaining recognition for India’s modern masters whose legacies had been lost to time and apathy in the absence of sufficient viewers, collectors, promoters, curators or scholars.

The gallery’s focus has always been research-led. It has documented the works of the finest twentieth century artists, lifting them out of recent oblivion to get them their due appreciation while aligning them with various art movements across the country. Ranging all the way from pre-modern art to modern art practices and tracking the changes in response to constant innovation and experimentation, DAG’s long-term perspective has been at the forefront of most of its activities. This includes its historical curatorial exercises, its publishing and filmmaking programmes, its art appreciation workshops and education initiatives, interfaces with the financial and corporate sectors by way of talks and curated walks, relationship building with institutions and museums around the world, participation in international art fairs, or creating tactile aids for the specially-abled. DAG’s galleries in New Delhi, Mumbai and New York are at the forefront of this movement and have provided a destination for those wanting to discover the enduring pull of Indian modern art.

More recently, DAG has been successful in foraying into institution building with the launch of its museum programme. Currently, it has launched, in association with Archaeological Survey of India, the country’s first public-private museum initiative at the Red Fort. Called Drishyakala, this art museum sees average footfalls of 3,000-5,000 daily. In Varanasi, another museum depicting the city’s visual history, Eternal Banaras, is on display. More museum projects are on the anvil.

About the MD & CEO

Ashish Anand
Managing Director & CEO

Ashish Anand’s journey into the world of art began in 1996. With over twenty-five years of expertise in the field of modern Indian art, he has successfully managed to promote and showcase it in an unparalleled format. Anand has built the most formidable collection of artworks over the years, creating an unparalleled repository for DAG.

With its flagship gallery based in New Delhi, 2013 marked the opening of DAG in Mumbai in a heritage building with an iconic show titled Mumbai Modern, and in 2015 the organisation expanded its activities to New York, inaugurating its gallery in the prestigious Fuller Building.

Its gallery shows apart, Anand has built a vibrant programme of historical exhibitions of significance in collaboration with museums and institutions within his vision of taking art to the people. Some of the recent collaborations have been with reputed institutions such as Punjab Lalit Kala Akademi, Chandigarh, Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur, Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Mumbai, and the National Gallery of Modern Art Mumbai. Drishyakala, a collaboration with ASI at the iconic Red fort, is a significant instance of his vision of democratising art.

Anand continues to actively commit his time to promoting Indian art, and has been a pathbreaker in starting a programme of the tactile/sensory experience of art for the visually challenged as also the creative engagement of schoolchildren with art.