More than a thousand art personalities are expected to take part, including prominent English artist and art collector Damien Hirst, and 91 art galleries from around the world – from South America to Europe. Among others, Hauser and Wirth (Switzerland), Galleria Continua (Italy), Lisson Gallery (the UK) will present contemporary paintings, photographs and sculptures – both for sale and display.

Russian artists will be represented by the German Frida Fine Arts Gallery, whose efforts will allow visitors to the India Art Fair to see and purchase the works by the photographer Irina Mann, a professor at the Rodchenko Moscow School of Photography and Multimedia, Alexander Lysov, who creates his works using computer software and represents so-called “generative art”, and Belarusian artist Igor Tishin, who lives in Brussels and exhibits in France, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland and elsewhere.

“It is a completely new and unusual experience for us,” says Jannis Markopoulos, director of the Frida Fine Arts Gallery, commenting on his gallery’s participation in the India Art Fair. “We do not know what to expect from India, although, judging from the stories about previous fairs, it will definitely be interesting.”

About 60% of the galleries that will bring paintings to New Delhi will be from Asia, according to the Times of India. More than 25% will be from Europe, and galleries representing North and South America, the Middle East, Africa and Australia will account for the remaining 14%. The paintings displayed at the fair will be worth a total of 500-700 million Indian rupees ($10-13 million). Furthermore, the fair will be traditionally accompanied by exhibitions in New Delhi galleries and will feature meetings with guests of the fair and excursions. Among others, visitors will discuss the “Our Beautiful Daughters” show by John Lennon’s widow Yoko Ono, which is also taking place here.

The third Delhi Art Fair, which took place in 2011, was attended by almost 130,000 people from 17 Indian cities and 68 cities across the globe.