Delhi plans new art museum in power plant – Guardian article

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 Guardian reports in a recent article that,

“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.”

Indraprastha Power Station in Delhi could be developed into a Tate Modern-style gallery. Image from thehindu.com.

Indraprastha Power Station in Delhi could be developed into a Tate Modern-style gallery. Image from thehindu.com.

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.

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