WOW! The new National Gallery of Modern Art, Delhi

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Ok I’m way late in checking out the new wing at the NGMA, Delhi. It was inaugurated much earlier in the year and yesterday was my first visit. Surprised is not the word.. proud would be more apt. The building spread across multiple floors, with lavish use of space, finally does justice to the Gallery’s extensive collection and the wealth of Indian art.

It’s fully disable-friendly (a rare feature in India), well lit and well catalogued. I do so like comprehensive info readily available right next to each art work!

Nicely too the warmth of the old staff remains. Another visit is due and another and another 🙂

Now the reason why I actually made the trek from Gurgaon to India Gate (took me two an a half hours first by car to Dwarka , then an hour in the Metro to Central Secretariat and finally an hour’s dusty walk from one end of Raj path to the other) was to see the exhibition “European Traveller Artists” put up in collaboration with the V&A, London.

The paintings were delightful. Some well known old friends by William Carpenter and the Daniels and lots of new ones to admire.Comprehensively catalogued as well. Nice little descriptions for each. Surprisingly with such frequent typos I think perhaps it was a new fanged style statement!! lol

Not whats expected from the NGMA, the V&A or the British Council that sponsored it.

My recommendations: Definitely go see it if you’re in Delhi or read up more at
http://ngmaindia.gov.in/sh-european-india.asp

Photography tip: none really. The one photograph I did take (above) was discreet with my camera phone and I oh-so-do-not condone a flash being used in museums. Paintings are best experienced in original 🙂
I do have an earlier photograph of the building taken from outside…

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