National Gallery Of Modern Art, Bangalore

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Time Required : 2 - 3 hours

Entry Fee : Indians - INR 20
Foreigners - INR 500

Timings : 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM 
Closed on Mondays

National Gallery Of Modern Art, Bangalore Overview

Located in the restored heritage Manikyavelu Mansion on 49 Palace Road Bangalore, National Gallery of Modern Art was inaugurated very recently on 18th of February, 2009. The main museum is situated in the Jaipur House, New Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore being the subsequent branches of the same. Housing over 14,000 incredible works of contemporary and modern artists, the top notch collection include spectacular paintings and sculptures from Raja Ravi Verma, Jamini Roy, Amrita Sher-Gil, and Rabindranath Tagore. The premises, spread over an area of 3.5 acres boasts of lush green gardens with brightly blooming flowers and is a perfect blend of modern architectural designs and the poise of the past.

The two storeyed museum based in the colonial style residential building (former summer home for Raja of Mysore) spans across enormous halls, has brightly lit, airy rooms featuring some of the best works of the bygone era. The depository showcases cultural ethos of India from periods as early as the 18th century. The huge windows allow ample sunlight to enter the rooms in addition to offering a picturesque view of the grassy lawns on the outside. Facilitated with a huge auditorium, a charming cafeteria, and a reference library, the art gallery is a hub for historians and art lovers.

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Activities at National Gallery of Modern Art

NGMA is not just an art gallery. In addition the numerous exhibits, sculptures, paintings etc., the galleries hosts myriads events to capture the attention of the visitors. Some of which are-

1. Tree Walks
2. Photography Displays
3. Nature Journaling Workshop for Children
4. Dance Performances
5. Art and Design Workshops
6. Storytelling
7. Talks to create awareness about art by eminent speakers
8. Film screenings on art, culture and education every weekend 
9. Regular gallery walks twice every week: Wednesdays 11.00 am to 12:00 noon, and Saturdays 3.00 pm to 4: 00 pm

Tour of National Gallery of Modern Art

The ground floor displays works of artisans like Amrit Sher Gil and Raja Ravi Verma. Another section on the same floor houses incredible paintings, photography samples, sculptures and graphic prints. There are exhibits of the remarkable paintings by Rabindranath, Abindranath and Gaganendranath Tagore along with depictions of the Indian rural life through indigenous material.
The next hall houses sculptures by S. Dhanpal and Kanayi Kunhiraman and prominent works of Arpita Singh and Anjolie Ela Menon besides the several others.

A flight of stone steps lead upstairs to the incredible exhibitions put out mostly on the works of the Modernist period. The delectable artists featured include M. F. Hussain, V. S. Gaitonde and Mukul Dey.

How To Reach National Gallery Of Modern Art, Bangalore

The art gallery is located on 49 Palace Road. You can choose to take the metro and get down at the nearest MG Road metro station on the purple line. The gallery is around 3.5 kms away from the station; you can either take a local rickshaw or an auto. It can also easily be reached through booking a private taxi- cab. Alternatively, you can choose to travel in one of the public buses.

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