Spanish galleries showcased works by Dali, Picasso and Miro at the 6th India Art Fair, or IAF, over the weekend in an effort to drum up business amid the weak market in Europe.
The IAF, which ran from Friday to Sunday, drew 91 galleries and 1,000 artists from more than 30 countries to the NSIC pavillion in New Delhi, organizers said.
"You have to get out of Europe, of France, Spain, Italy," Angelina Guerrero, of Barcelona gallery Imaginart, told Efe.
"The European (economic) crisis has forced galleries to migrate to other continents and look at art in a different way," Guerrero said, adding that events like the IAF provided an opportunity to discover new artists.
Spain was the No. 2 exhibitor at the IAF, with five galleries, trailing just France, which was represented by eight galleries.
Spanish galleries did not participate in the first IAF in 2008, but their presence has steadily expanded.
Imaginart exhibited drawings by Spanish masters Salvador Dali, Joan Miro and Pablo Picasso to hook potential Indian buyers.
The Joan Gaspar gallery, which is also from the northeastern Spanish region of Catalonia, displayed Miro paintings and Picasso etchings.
"There is no other solution than to leave Spain. We have come to India, our first time in Asia, looking for a market," gallery owner Joan Gaspar said, adding that the Spanish art market was in a slightly "sleepy and sad" condition.
The IAF has been a big success, drawing more than 400,000 visitors since its creation.
The number of foreign galleries exhibiting at the IAF this year, however, was down from nearly 40 in 2013 to around 30 due to the slowdown in India's economy. EFE