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Back with a bang

india Updated: Jan 04, 2011 01:54 IST
Aakriti Sawhney
Aakriti Sawhney
Hindustan Times
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Artists FN Souza, SH Raza, MF Husain, KH Ara, SK Bakre and HA Gade, after a gap of six decades, are coming together under one roof. Get prepared to see some of the most exceptional and unseen works of these artists. Sixteen year old, Delhi Art Gallery after being closed for a year, is ready with its new show that every art lover would look forward to. Titled Continuum, the exhibition has 250 artworks.

As the gallery reopens with its new revamped look, we take you on a round. The new avatar has an elaborate space fitted with moveable lights and tracks, an art lounge with an upbeat and innovative seating area and an archival unit with some rare photographs of film-maker Satyajit Ray and Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore.

Satyajit rayAs you enter the portico, your first rendezvous would be with a beautifully done up memorabilia shop with books, art collectives and souvenirs. The façade is done up with mix media artworks and gives an artistic feel to this shop. Next thing that would draw attention, is a spacious gallery with white space and moveable track lights.

This is followed by a sculptor court displaying the gallery’s permanent collection of sculptures. As soon you come out of the court you will find a “well-designed and conceptualised lounge area with bean bags and comfortable couches for art discussions, seminars, movie screening and everything that is related to art,” says Kishore Singh, head of the exhibitions at the gallery.

Take the stairs outside the lounge and you’ll reach the first floor of the gallery. It has a well-stocked library with over 1000 books, 6000 catalogues and a huge archival collection placed back to back in moveable racks. “We have tried to use the space to an optimum level, thus these moveable racks,” says Singh. Stop here to find some of the rarest books on the lives of artists like Raza and Souza. Another treasure hunt at this place, is a small room adjacent to the library that is maintaining an archival unit of photographs, letters and artworks on the lives of various artists.

And it does not end here, there is an admin block too, where a team of young people work on various aspects related to the launch of the gallery. Art storage and developing a module on art education is the priority on their list right now. “We are developing an art module where people can learn about art, art history, artists and artworks. There is a huge demand for a module like this right now,” says Singh. With all these things in place, the Delhi Art Gallery wants to live the dream of a serious art space catering to everything related to art. The gallery will formally open on January 17.

Where: 11, Hauz Khas Village.
Exhibition on till: February 28.
Nearest metro station: Green Park station