India’s National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA) is celebrating its 65th anniversary this year. NGMA Bengaluru was opened to the public on 18th February, 2009; the other two national galleries are in Delhi and Mumbai.
The heritage building and garden in Bengaluru are host to a wide range of outdoor installations, indoor paintings, graphic prints, photographs, and other art works. With an auditorium, library, café and museum shop, NGMA is a hub of cultural activities, including conferences, talks, contests, workshops and film screenings.
In this photo essay on NGMA’s 65th anniversary exhibition, we showcase works which represent the rise of modern art in India. In addition to the regular exhibits, there are over 100 sculptures along with paintings and drawings. The show is running for three months, and wraps up at the end of July.
Appropriately titled ‘Itihaas’ (history), the exhibition features sculptors like Devi Prasad Roy Choudhury, Ramkinkar Baij, Dhanraj Bhagat, Sarbari Roy Chowdhury, and Amarnath Sehgal. There are sculptures of freedom fighters as well, made from bronze, steel, wood, and marble.
Interestingly, many of the exhibits are displayed on top of painted boxes, as if to reflect the wandering and universal nature of art, and how artworks can be kept alive over the years to inspire us all. The art works in the exhibition show how India is comfortable with one foot in its rich heritage and the other in global cultural trends.
Now, what have you done today to pause in your busy schedule and grasp the broad historical sweep of change around you?
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