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For the 'cherry' of art museums, a juicy slice of Raj Rewal's Delhi

delhi Updated: Dec 22, 2012 23:58 IST
Moushumi Das Gupta
Moushumi Das Gupta
Hindustan Times
Moushumi Das Gupta

Come October 2013, Paris will have a slice of Delhi on display at the Centre Pompidou - one of the largest and most significant modern art museums in the world.

Rubbing shoulders with the work of some of the most famous 20th Century artists, such as Picasso, Braque and Dali, would be the architectural models of Delhi's most iconic buildings post-Independence, designed by noted architect Raj Rewal.

They include the Parliament Library, Asian Games Village, Nehru Pavilion and Pragati Maidan's Hall of Nations, among others.

Rewal has become one of the few Indians whose work would be showcased by the centre on the fifth floor of the museum in October 2013.

Centre Pompidou, which holds the largest collection of modern and contemporary items of art in Europe, will be dedicating an entire monographic room to Rewal's work for about a year. The show would revolve around the larger theme of globalisation.

"It's an honour to have my work exhibited at one of the most important avant garde museums in the world," Rewal said.

His designs are known for being uniquely Indian in flavour, yet modern.

Born near Jodhpur, Rewal studied architecture in the School of Planning and Architecture in Delhi, and later in London.

His first major works were Delhi's Nehru Pavilion and Hall of Nations, an expo hall at Pragati Maidan.

"We believe that your work is representative of the richness of Indian architecture in the past 50 years, and shows the strong relationship between local and international discourse of architecture," said a letter by Aurelien Lemonier, curator, Dept of Architecture, Centre Pompidou, to Rewal.