What is the National Gallery of Modern Art like in Mumbai?

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Rakhee Ghelani

Located in Kala Ghoda, the arts precinct of South Mumbai, is the National Gallery of Modern Art.  This gallery sits behind the imposing facade of what was once a public auditorium, with beautiful curved lines and a domed roof, this stunning building now houses semicircular galleries.

This international art gallery is an arm of the National Gallery of Modern Art, also located in New Delhi and Bengaluru. With five curved exhibition galleries set over different levels, the gallery has an open and spacious atmosphere. The objective of the gallery is to showcase and nurture modern art in India, with exhibitions ranging from sculptures to plastic arts, you can see a interesting selection of art forms. The Gallery has a permanent exhibition that highlights some of the best Indian artists of the modern generation.  It also hosts regular exhibitions, most recently The Last Harvest, which celebrated Rabindranath Tagore, one of India’s most celebrated poets and artists.

Well worth a visit, particularly if you are only familiar with the beauty of ancient Indian art, the National Gallery of Modern Art provides a good insight into how Indian culture has evolved in the past 150 years and how it copes in contemporary times.

Just across the road from the National Gallery of Modern Art are the Jehangir Art Gallery and the Prince of Wales Museum, both well worth a visit as well.

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