LOCATION: National Gallery of Modern Art
DATE: February 14, 2020
FACULTY: Mr. Karim Bouhajeb
The National Gallery of Modern Art, Bengaluru was set up in the premises of the Manikyavelu Mansion at 49, Palace Road, Bangalore and opened to the public on February 18, 2009. Spread over an area of 3.5 acres, the glorious heritage building was transformed from a residence into an Art Gallery, with a display space of 1551 square metres to which a new gallery block, with a display space of 1260 square metres, was added. The architecture of the additional block was designed in a way that it merges with the style and ambience of the Manikyavelu Mansion, at the same time fulfilling the requirements of a modern museum.
Objective of the Trip
- A tour of the collection of art at NGMA
- Learn more about the rich heritage of Indian art culture
- The collection at NGMA mainly comprises of paintings, sculptures, graphic prints, and examples of early photography in India, which showcase the historical development of modern art in India.
- The display includes Indian miniatures, colonial artists, Bengal School, and post-independence artists that led to the birth of modern and post-modern art.
- Works of art for the NGMA were obtained through purchase, permanent loans, and gifts.
The NGMA had also acquired, from various sources by way of purchases and gifts, works of various European and Far Eastern artists. There are, in the collection, many works by European artists who visited India in the 18th– and 19th-centuries, portraits, and exotic Indian scenes. A few notable artists among them include Tilly Kettle, William Hodges, Thomas Daniell, and Emily Eden.
The National Gallery of Modern Art houses some of India’s richest heritage within its palatial walls. The visit helped our MBA in Luxury Management students in gaining an in-depth understanding of Indian art and artists such as Rabindranath Tagore, Jamini Roy, and Abanindranath Tagore. It also helped them realize India’s progress in the Arts through the ages.