As a part of their annual celebration the ‘Consulate of Switzerland’ partnered with SWISS artist Ursula Altenbach to showcase her India inspired art collection titled ‘Out of India – Magic After All’. The work will be displayed till 13th September 2015 at the ‘Gallery Art and Soul’ in Mumbai. This year the celebration was more special as the ‘Consulate of Switzerland’ completes 100 years for being in Mumbai.
Ursula spoke of her inspiration as, “Coming to India in a city that was abstract at the beginning; the taxis, the speed of life, the wonderful light at the queen’s necklace, the first sunset at Chowpatty and Gurgaon, watching street life of a mother and her child, the mystic holiness of the gods and goddesses. Nandi inspired me as the bearer of faith and truth… The Fire God ‘Agni’ as a messenger between humans and gods… ‘Ganpati’ going back to the sea”. The inspirations continued with, “the birds and animals, the festival of colours all brought me to a magical world which was unknown to me before.
The evening saw guests from dignitaries to fellow artists and a few select set of invitees; to name a few: The Consul of Switzerland – Adrian Sieber, The Consulate General of the State of Kuwait – Mansour Faad Alolaimi, Ambassador of Portugal – Jorge Roza de Oliveira, CEO and Managing Director of Hindustan Unilever – Sanjiv Mehta, artist – Arzan Khambatta, General Manager of Hyatt Regency – Eric Weber and Gallery Art and Soul Owner – Tarana Khubchandani and Simran Raj.