National Gallery of Modern Art(NGMA) is an institute that was developed under Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, Maulana Azad along with government officers like Humayun Kabir to promote modern art.
Location: Jaipur House, Sher Shah Road, Near Delhi High Court, India Gate, New Delhi – 110003
Nearest Metro Station: Central Secretariat on Violet Line
Nearest Bus Stand: Jaipur House Bus Stop
Entry Timings: 10:00 am to 05:00 pm
Closed on Mondays
When was NGMA established?
The National Gallery of Modern Art was first built as a palace for Maharaja of Jaipur, thus the name Jaipur House. This building is in a shape of a butterfly with a domed structure in the centre and was designed by Sir Arthur Bloomfield in 1936. It was inaugurated on March 29,1954 by Dr. Radhakrishnan.
What is the mission of NGMA?
The mission of National Gallery of Modern Art is to acquire a qualitative collection of paintings, sculptures, graphics which help in providing knowledge of modern art to the people.
NGMA has a collection of about 20,000 paintings, sculptures, graphics and photographs that displays the transformation of art over the last century.
What collections does NGMA hold?
- NGMA has a collection of sculptures by many artists like Ramkinkar Baij, Debiprasad Roy Chowdhury, Sankho Chaudhuri, Pradosh Dasgupta, Piloo Pochkhanawala, Adi Davierwala, Chintamani Kar, Amarnath Sehgal, Dhanraj Bhagat, Meera Mukherjee, Piraji Sagara, Raghav Kaneria etc which represents the evolution of sculptures in India.
- NGMA also has a collection of breath taking, stunning and beautiful paintings by many famous and new artists which helps new artists to grow and flourish.
- It also includes works of many international artists like Jacob Epstein, Giorgio de Chirico, Peter Lubarda, Henry Moore, Sonia Delaunay and Kozo Mio etc.
- There are many interesting sculptures inside the palace, but there are also a few attractive sculptures present in the garden outside the palace which attracts a lot of people.
- NGMA has a large art reference library and documentation centre which has huge collection of books, periodicals and photos on paintings, sculptures, architecture etc. to meet the needs of various art lovers.
What kind of events are conducted by NGMA?
- NGMA organizes exhibitions on a regular basis for people who want to exhibit their paintings and sculptures. Participating in such exhibitions is a chance for a number of new artists and sculptors to gain name and fame.
- NGMA arranges various retrospective shows, seminars, events, film shows, seminar etc in order to promote knowledge about history of art and how to conserve it.
Where are the other branches of NGMA located in India?
There are two branches of NGMA in India – one in Bangalore and another one in Mumbai, established for the same purpose of promoting art.
If you love to explore art, this place should be at the top of your to-visit list.