gallery g was started in 2003 by Gitanjali Maini with the idea that art had to be for everybody: it had to be as accessible as much as it had to have value. Above all, it had to appeal, to please, even to challenge.
Innovative, inclusive and prolific, gallery g exemplifies the contemporary global Indian art gallery, centrally located in a global destination, Bangalore. We are an art resource providing informed access to the best art and consultancy services for collectors, investors, architects and interior designers.
Change is the biggest constant and realising fully well the changing needs of the art world, gallery g, in its 18th year, has set a running theme – Ikigai – for the next two years.
What is Ikigai, and why is it important to us? There are many who know about it but to those who are unaware, Ikigai is a Japanese concept that essentially means “reason for being.” Pronounced (Ick-ee-guy), it is composed of two words: Iki, which means life and Gai which comes from the word Kai, meaning shell in Japanese, which is deemed highly valuable. Derived from there, ikigai means “value in living.”
The Japanese believe everyone has an Ikigai. There is no direct English translation, but it’s a term that embodies the idea of happiness in living. Essentially, ikigai is the reason why you get up in the morning. At gallery g, the reason why we have embraced Ikigai as the theme from 2020 is the “reason for our being” as we approach our 20th year of inception in 2023.
The Ikigai theme will reflect in everything that we do over the next 24 months, in our interactive sessions, artist notes, foundation programs and will filter down to even the colours that we have primarily chosen as part of the recurring theme.