Kathmandu is home to some of the best art galleries in Nepal which host exhibitions of the works of renowned artists all over the globe. A visit to these is a must if you are an art lover.
1. Siddhartha Art Gallery
Location: This gallery is located in the magnificent Baber Mahal Revisited complex. It also conducts its programmes in the National Association of Fine Arts, the Arts Council, Patan Museum, Kathmandu University Department of Fine Art and Design, Bhaktapur and has also conducted several art projects in various hotels:Hotel de l' Annapurna, Everest Hotel, Soaltee Oberoi, Hyatt Regency, Bhanchha Ghar, Imago dei' Gallery and CafÃ© Mitra.
Artists and Exhibitions: The Siddhartha Art Gallery has the credit of holding about 315 exhibitions over the past 35 years. These include the retrospective exhibitions by the late Amar Chitrakar, Karna Narsingh Rana, Shashikala Tiwari, Ragini Upadhyay-Grela, Uttam Nepali, Shashi Shah and the late Tej Bahadur Chitrakar. It launched 'Celebrating Line', the first ever exhibition of drawings in the capital, an influential anti-conflict exhibition by the eminent artist from Pokhara, Durga Baral and an exhibition by the celebrated Bombay based artist Laxman Shrestha. The Gallery has also organised exhibitions of Nepali artists in London, India and Pakistan. At present, the Gallery is collaborating with GTZ, and is working on its third community art project "Whose City is this?"
Timings: The gallery is open to art lovers from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM (Sunday to Friday). On Saturdays, it is open from 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM.
2. Artudio Centre for Visual Art
Location: This leading art gallery of Kathmandu is located in Swoyambhu.
Artists and exhibitions: Artudio Centre for Visual Art has been a pioneer in organising various exhibitions. It curated an exhibition by nine artists in the first ever Kathmandu Art Fair 2018 from 3rd March to 12th March 2018. Artists who featured their works included Kailash K Shrestha, Krisha Tarakar, Karma Tsering Gurung, Pawan Joshi, Srijaya Shrestha, Agrani Thakuri Jhan, Rupesh Man Singh and Deepa Shrestha. Other exhibitions include The Little Album, You are the Observer by Lena Koestler (a solo exhibition) and Spectrum, a fundraising photo exhibition.
Timings: The gallery is open on all days of the week from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM.
3. Sarwanam Art Gallerykaladeergha', this spacious art gallery sprawls over an area of the 30-metre square and features art pieces of talented artists from all genres. Here, you will also be allowed to see the artists at work and ask them questions about the art pieces.
Location: The Sarwanam Art Gallery is located in Kalikasthan Bashghyang, Kalika Marg.
Artists and exhibitions: The gallery has shown the works of emerging Nepalese artists Bidhata KC and Saran Tandukar. It even collaborated with the Sarwanam theatre on a unique project amalgamating both art and drama where the esteemed abstract artist Mukesh Mulla painted a live picture of the ongoing Mrityutsav play. The Story of Mithila Art was a solo exhibition organised by the gallery displaying 22 paintings of Poonam Kumari Das. Another solo exhibition 'Tuli' by Shailesh Gurung was held in 2015. The gallery even organised 'Kalyana' in 2016.
Timings: The gallery is open from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM on all days of the week.
4. Nepal Academy of Fine Arts
Location: This nodal art gallery is situated in Sita Bhawan, Naxal.
Timings: The gallery is open from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM on all days. It remains closed on Saturdays.
5. Himalayan Art Gallery
Location: The Himalayan Art Gallery is located in Ashok Galli, Thamel.
Artists and exhibitions: The gallery is owned and taken care by Mingma Lama, whose passion for collecting classic artwork of Tibet culminated in a profit-making business of selling these collected items. The Himalayan Art Gallery proudly boasts of a beautiful collection of Tibetan artefacts and has one of the largest and the best assortment of Tibetan antique furniture. The Thangka paintings, (Tibetan Buddhist paintings made on silk or cotton) are quite lovely here and even a good buy.
Timings: The gallery is open from 6:30 AM to 10:15 PM on all days except Saturday. It remains closed on Saturdays.
6. Universal Art Gallery
Location: The gallery is situated in Narsingh Chowk Marg in Thamel.
Artists and Exhibitions: The gallery has an extensive collection of paintings of different genres and styles. The curated sketches here include the works of such notable artists as A.Jabbar, Basudev Thapa, Purna Wanem, Sanjeeb Maharjan, Tek Rai, Dil Kumar Gorkhali, Anup B.K. and Uddhav Raj Riman. The artistic acumen of these people are quite commendable. Moreover, the paintings here are available at reasonable prices.
Timings: The gallery is open on all days of the week from 7:00 AM to 9:00 PM.
7. 21st Century Art Gallery
Location: This gallery is located in Satghumti, Thamel.
Artists and Exhibitions: The fantastic pieces here are created and curated by the three founders. There is a wide range of paintings including abstracts, cities, mountains and semi-abstracts. The gallery is a must in case you are in Thamel. You will be left in complete awe of the beautiful pieces here.
Timings: The 21st Century Art Gallery is open from 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM on all days of the week.
Breathtaking views in Nepal have found their way on the artists' canvases in the art galleries. However, that does not mean that paintings here only depict nature, abstract and contemporary art forms are equally common. Do drop in at the art galleries here to stare in disbelief at most art pieces.