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Top Art Galleries in India

    It comes as no surprise that India boasts of a wide range of art galleries. From traditional pieces to modern artifacts, these galleries are an inspiration to budding and aspiring artist. If you wish to browse through some of the popular art galleries in India, have a read below.

     
    • Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai

    Established in 1952, Jehangir Art Gallery is more than a prime art exhibition space. Located in South Mumbai, it has been closely associated with the development of contemporary Indian art.

    Jehangir Art Gallery hosts exhibitions by painters, sculptors, printmakers, craftsmen, ceramicists, photographers, and weavers. It regularly holds interesting lectures, conducts workshops & discussions on various forms of art, by laying stress on education for both the academically inclined and laypersons.

     
    • Darpan Art Gallery, Pune

    Darpan Art Gallery is one of the best Art Galleries located in Pune,. The gallery is the perfect place to refresh yourself with the unique creations of different artists. The place can accommodate 30-40 paintings for an exhibition at a time. They showcase and sell artworks, sketch works, crafts, frameworks, sculptures, gifts, paintings, and art collections. Moreover, the gallery also has incredibly peaceful and comfortable places to relax your mind and soul.
     
    • Artchill Galleries, Jaipur

    Gallery Artchill is located in the west wing of the famous Amber Fort and has now become one of the biggest modern and contemporary art galleries in India. The gallery is primarily responsible for introducing the concept of Contemporary Art in Rajasthan. 

    Artchill exhibits a diverse palette of creative & multimedia art by both well-established and emerging contemporary artists with brilliant performances. Over the years, the center has sponsored 132 Art shows at various International Art events.

     
    • National Gallery of Modern Art, Bangalore

    National Gallery of Modern Art is an art gallery in Bangalore. It was inaugurated in the year 2009. It showcases modern Indian art and houses paintings by Raja Ravi Verma, Jamini Roy, Amrita Sher-Gil, Rabindranath Tagore, and a large number of Modern and Contemporary artists. Equipped with an auditorium, a public art reference library, a cafeteria, and a museum shop cum facilitation block, the NGMA Bengaluru looks ahead to becoming a hub of art activities and a major cultural centre at Bengaluru. The gallery organizes and hosts talk shows on art and culture, seminars, film screenings as well as workshops, and guided walks throughout the year.

     
    • Drishyakala Art Museum, New Delhi

    DAG, in collaboration with ASI (Archeological Survey of India), is proud to present ‘Drishyakala’ – a unique art museum inaugurated by Prime Minister Modi at the historic Red Fort’s Barrack No. 4. In Delhi.

    The museum plays host to four impressive exhibitions that explore the development of Indian modern art from the 18th century onwards. Each exhibition covers a different time period or artistic movement starting with Thomas and William Daniells’ colonial landscapes and aquatints, followed by popular prints, portraits, and finally, India’s National Treasure Artists.

     
    • Government Museum, Chennai

    The Government Museum, Chennai, or the Madras Museum, is a museum of human history and culture located in the Government Museum Complex in the neighbourhood of Egmore in Chennai, India. Started in 1851, it is one of the oldest museums in India. The center is particularly rich in archaeological and numismatic collections. It has the largest collection of Roman antiquities of Europe. 

     Built in Indo-Saracenic style, it houses rare European and Asian paintings of renowned artists, including that of Raja Ravi Varma. It has the richest collections of bronze idols, 500 of them dating back to 1000 BCE, in Asia.

     
    • Sri Chitra Art Gallery, Thiruvananthapuram

    Sri Chitra Art Gallery, established in 1935 is an art gallery in Thiruvananthapuram, India. The gallery features a unique collection of traditional and contemporary paintings, including the works of Raja Ravi Varma, Nicholas Roerich, Svetoslav Roerich, Jamini Roy, Rabindranath Tagore, V. S. Valiathan, C. Raja Raja Varma, and K. C. S. Paniker.

    There are approximately 1,100 paintings at the gallery. The art gallery has on display works from the Mughal, Rajput, Bengal, Rajasthan, and Tanjore schools of art. It also has an oriental collection of Chinese, Japanese, Indian and Balinese paintings, from pre-historic times.

    Other items of interest include miniatures from different parts of the world, reproductions of murals of Ajanta, Bagh, Sigiriya, and Sittannavasal, and manuscripts of archival importance. 

     
    • Kashi Art Gallery, Kochi

    Kashi displays unique exhibitions of local artists in a creatively restored Dutch heritage house, attached to one of Kerala’s most popular cafes. It aims at encouraging budding artists. Over the last twelve years, Kashi Art Gallery and Café have become the hub of Kochi’s art scene and the most popular hangout in the area for young locals and tourists. The gallery has hosted some of the most important contemporary art exhibitions in the city, showcasing the work of artists such as NN Rimzon, Sosa Joseph, Zakkir Hussein, Valsan Koorma Kolleri, and Anant Joshi. 

     

    All of the above art galleries are one-of-a-kind. Whether you are an art lover or just love casual sightseeing activities, ensure  you visit one of them, atleast once in a lifetime - you won’t leave disappointed for sure!

    All recommendations listed here have been picked from travel field expert guides and are not endorsed by the Bank.