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A Weekend Well Spent at the National Gallery of Modern Art

Permanent Linkby indianartideas on Fri Oct 28, 2016 4:56 am

The National Gallery of Modern Art, Delhi, which is also known as the NGMA is home to the works of many artists who have left their signatures on the canvas of time. The collection at this modern art gallery started with a very unique endowment in terms of gifts of a collection of works by one of the pioneering Indian woman artist, Amrita Sher-Gil. The collection had more than 200 artworks. From that number, the collection at NGMA has grown to around 17,000 works of art. It has taken more than fifty years to collect the works of art that are displayed at the gallery. The gallery opened in a building called the Jaipur House. As the collection grew, so did the need for space to exhibit the works of art. In 2009, a new wing of the gallery was inaugurated.


The exhibitions at this modern art gallery are displayed keeping time and history in mind. Many art historians and critics are of the opinion that art museums are the only institutions that not collect, but also showcase the trajectories and the transformations that have taken place in the development of the career of an artist, and that is exactly what NGMA has tried to do.

At NGMA, you can see the works of the European artists who came to India and got influenced by Indian art. At the same time, some Indian artists started creating an amalgamation of the east and the west. One of them was Raja Ravi Varma. His style of combining the Indian aesthetics with European techniques resulted in creation of exquisite paintings. While his paintings are very popular with the museum visitors, it is hard to ignore the other gems.

Apart from displaying various schools of art from across India, this Indian modern art gallery also collaborates with other galleries and museums to bring the works of International artists to India. NGMA has showcased the works of Picasso, which was the first major exhibition during the tenure of Prof. Rajeev Lochan, the director of NGMA, Delhi. Over the years many people including the heads of States have visited this gallery; sometimes there visit that was planned for a short duration have run into a couple of hours and sometimes there responses have come as pleasant surprises.

As an art lover, if you want to surround yourself with overwhelming arts, then the National Gallery of Modern Art at Delhi is definitely the place to visit.
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