Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke’s unique position has evolved over the past 30 years. Usha Mirchandani, who had a career in advertising in New York during the 1970s, experienced art up close in some of its most radical and formative moments. Mirchandani returned to Bombay in the mid-eighties, where she established an art consultancy, joined later by her daughter Ranjana.
In Berlin from 1997 to 2003, Ranjana Steinruecke ran a gallery introducing art from India in the new German capital, through iconic exhibitions by Atul Dodiya, Jogen Chowdhury and Bhupen Khakhar among other artists. The gallery curated and presented “The Artist Lives and Works”, at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt, which showed for the first time in Berlin the work of Shilpa Gupta, N.S. Harsha and Jitish Kallat among other young contemporaries from India.
In 2006, the gallery opened in Mumbai with the intention to discover and nurture new and potent positions in painting that were emerging in India. Today, the gallery represents some of the country’s most sought-after painters including Ratheesh T., Sosa Joseph, Siji Krishnan, Aji V.N. and Abir Karmakar who explore a range of personal and political subjects through highly individualised approaches. The program includes as well some of the foremost practitioners of collage, sculpture and photography, such as C.K. Rajan, Benitha Perciyal and Gauri Gill.