CONTEMPORARY ART MUSEUM PUBLIC GALLERY INDIA
London’s Tate Modern will provide the model for a new public art gallery in Delhi, to be built within the shell of the decommissioned Indraprastha power plant. The cost of the reportedly-approved project could hit £70m.
“The plan has been approved by Delhi municipal authorities, the Times of India newspaper reported, and could be completed in three to five years…. The 60-acre site will also be used for offices and will be connected to the city’s new metro, currently in its third phase of expansion. Solar panels will provide power, and other energy-conserving measures, such as a roof garden, are planned to reduce emissions from the new complex in one of the most polluted cities in the world. A sixth of the site will be reserved for a forest.”
International and local interest in contemporary Indian art has been mounting and, as the Guardian points out, this project could be taken as further evidence of the development of an increasingly confident Indian arts sector.
“‘The interest in India is definitely there for both Indian and overseas art. Delhi is where it is happening in India in terms of art infrastructure and an active art scene now,’ said Parul Vadehra, director of the private Vadehra Art Gallery in the Indian capital.”
Internationally acclaimed British-Indian sculptor, Anish Kapoor opened his first ever exhibition in the country in November 2010. We rounded-up the early critic response to Kapoor’s Indian shows here.
- Art Observed reports on Mathaf Arab museum inauguration and preview – January 2011 – read on for images and information from the magazine who was on site for the preview
- Early critic response favours Anish Kapoor India show – December 2010 – we round-up what critics have to say, link to video of exhibition
- Lee Ufan-dedicated museum opens on Japanese island – The Japan Times – August 2010 – links to an interview with the Korean-born artist and describes the new museum
- Ex-Tate Modern director Lars Nittve appointed to lead West Kowloon’s M+ – July 2010 – Nittve takes on M+ and becomes part of Hong Kong’s West Kowloon project’s often-changing executive team
- Dinesh Vazirani CEO Saffronart speaks about 2010 market outlook for Indian art – Arttactic podcast – March 2010 – Vazirani explains that the collector base for Indian art is changing