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Bring home the art gallery

A new virtual exhibition allows viewers to tour venue, see artworks from the comfort of their living room.

art and culture Updated: Sep 11, 2011 15:00 IST
Megha Mahindru

If Ganpati processions are keeping you away from your social calendar, Bharat Panchal’s latest exhibition will help you get a dose of your cultural fix.

A unique enterprise undertaken by Panchal and his two artist sons, Dharmesh and Kalpit, allows viewers to virtually tour Worli’s Nehru Centre Art Gallery as well as see their artworks, which are currently on display at the venue.

“A physical exhibition is time-bound, usually ranging from a few days or going on up to a month. So we thought of an online exhibition that can be viewed for months at a stretch and will reach out to even more art lovers,” says Kalpit.

The virtual tour, which the Panchals claim is the first of its kind in the field of art, allows viewers to scrutinise the artwork as well as take a 360-degree virtual tour of the gallery. Art lovers can even enlarge the paintings and purchase artwork from the website. “A lot of galleries abroad feature a panoramic view of the entire exhibition space. However, our 360-degree view is not merely a catalogue of artworks. It replicates an art connoisseur’s experience of walking into the gallery and browsing through the works on display,” he adds.

Under one roof in the city, the artist trio is currently showcasing varied works. “The themes are very different. While my father’s work is mostly a surrealistic and sublime expression featuring nature and human motifs, my elder brother’s work is more abstract, featuring temples and landscapes,” adds Kalpit, whose acrylic series explores the theme of ‘chakras’ of life.