The National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA) is the premier art gallery under Ministry of Culture, Government of India. The main museum at Jaipur House in New Delhi was established on 29 March 1954 by the Government of India, with subsequent branches at Mumbai and Bangalore. Its collection of more than 1700 works by 2000 plus artists includes artists such as Thomas Daniell, Raja Ravi Verma, Abanindranath Tagore, Rabindranath Tagore, Gaganendranath Tagore, Nandalal Bose, Jamini Roy, Amrita Sher-Gil as well as foreign artists. Some of the oldest works preserved here date back to 1857. With 12,000 square meters of exhibition space, the Delhi branch is one of the world's largest modern art museums.
The first proposal for a National Art Gallery was made by a Delhi-based artists’ organisation, the AIFACS, in 1938. This institution, initially registered as Delhi Fine Arts Society in 1929, was founded by artist–brothers Barada and Sarada Ukil who were students of Abanindranath Tagore. In 1946, the Society organised the First International Contemporary Art Exhibition that included paintings of modern French and English artists, as well as etchings from American artists. The exhibition coincided with the first All India conference, where a resolution appointing AIFACS as a central art body was passed. In subsequent years, however, AIFACS’ claims were diluted by the factions that arose among the artists, with the newly set up All India Association of Fine Arts, Bombay, putting forth its own agency as a central organisation at the Third All India Art conference in 1948.In 1949 Art Conference at Calcutta The government invited a consortium of artists and critics for this conference on visual arts — Stella Kramrisch, G. Venkatachalam, Nandalal Bose, Jamini Roy, O. C. Ganguly, Atul Bose, James H. Cousins and Percy Brown, among others — and asked for their suggestions on art institutions like the National Museum and the National Gallery of Art, and the educative role of art for the general public. On the issue of the Gallery, the participants at the seminar reacted in different ways. Some such as historian Dr Nihar Ranjan Ray encouraged the government to step in and set up the representative advisory body, while others like artist and founder member of the group in Delhi, Silpi Chakra, B. C. Sanyal, argued that it was wrong for the government to take the initiative away from the artists’ hands. It passed a resolution for the early establishment of the National Art Gallery and the improvement of the National Museum, as well as the formation of the three Akademis as part of a Sub Commission for Culture of the Indian National Commission for Cooperation with UNESCO.
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|Saturday||11:00 AM – 6:30 PM|
|Sunday||11:00 AM – 6:30 PM|
Amit Kumar | Jan 21, 2018
This is a place for art lovers. Modern art is esoteric for normal people but a guided walk through gallery is helpful to understand it a bit.you will find great paintings and sculpture here. Place is beautifully maintained. Good lighting and decorations makes paintings and sculptures more beautiful. I loved the place and ambiance here but most of the artworks were beyond my perception but still I can appreciate the beauty and devotion of an artist behind these wonderful art.
Shivam Kapoor | Feb 22, 2018
For Art lovers, this place will leave you spellbound.For best experience you need to take extra time out for the visit and it would be best if you find any artist (friend of yours) who can accompany you to make your visit more meaningful and enjoyable. Best time to visit - Saturday/Sunday (11 AM - 2 PM) Minimum time (one must spent) - 3 hours
madi Narayanarao | Mar 1, 2018
Parking is available. You can take your mobile inside and can take pictures of art. One need atleast w hours to see around. I suggest you to watch carefully every picture, there us a deep meaning inside it.Security was helpful and complete building is peaceful. You can find canteen in other block. But the taste is bad.
Krishnendu Kes | Feb 20, 2018
The National Gallery of Modern Art is an outstanding place to visit for art lovers right in the heart of New Delhi city. They have outstanding sculptures, paintings of modern Indian artists that will give you a fair idea of the role of Indian artists. Foreigner entry tickets cost INR 500/- and for Indians it is pegged at INR 30/-. At times you get to see some international exhibitions as well. If you are an art lover, you would adore spending time here. Count at least two full hours inside.
Kunal Puri | Jan 31, 2018
In order to understand our historical artworks one should understand the basic and little advanced art. So this is the best place to do so. Some may find it boring but literature, history and art lovers, this will become your favourite place to hangout.
MD KAMRAN | Apr 8, 2018
Fascinating art collection in the heart of New Delhi. It has India's best collection of Art and is conveniently situated at India Gate circle with ample car parking. The gallery is spacious, pleasantly air conditioned, and has a very relaxed atmosphere. A wander around the gallery shows how painting styles in India have developed, initially drawing on European influences, but then developing unique Indian flavours. All the art was of very high quality and very interesting. It is a large museum with multiple levels, so plan a couple hours to enjoy it.
Saurabh Sharma | Apr 9, 2018
This is a place for art lovers. Modern art is esoteric for normal people but a guided walk through gallery is helpful to understand it a bit.you will find great paintings and sculpture here. Place is beautifully maintained. Good lighting and decorations makes paintings and sculptures more beautiful. I loved the place and ambiance here but most of the artworks were beyond my perception but still I can appreciate the beauty and devotion of an artist behind these wonderful ar Fascinating art collection in the heart of New Delhi. It has India's best collection of Art and is conveniently situated at India Gate circle with ample car parking. The gallery is spacious, pleasantly air conditioned, and has a very relaxed atmosphere. A wander around the gallery shows how painting styles in India have developed, initially drawing on European influences, but then developing unique Indian flavours. All the art was of very high quality and very interesting. It is a large museum with multiple levels, so plan a couple hours to enjoy it For Art lovers, this place will leave you spellbound.For best experience you need to take extra time out for the visit and it would be best if you find any artist (friend of yours) who can accompany you to make your visit more meaningful and enjoyable. Best time to visit - Saturday/Sunday (11 AM - 2 PM) Minimum time (one must spent) - 3 hours
GARIMA GUPTA | May 1, 2018
This place is heaven. A HIGHLY RECOMMENDED one. All you history lovers, go check it out. It has so many things to see from it past and also it has so many places to capture in your camera. The cafe beside it serves awesome food with a very good ambience. And the Handicrafts shops make it all the more interesting.
Harsh Chiki | Apr 18, 2018
Very well setup in the center of the capital. An experience, one of its kind. I personally liked the modern art section. One could find art pieces of various subjects and tones. It can be a very though provoking round of about 2 hours to complete. They keep refreshing stuff, so worth going back after six months and so on. Clean washrooms and drinking water available. Places to sit when you get tired. Well guided tours within (I guess free of cost) at 2-3 times a day. Open on sundays as well till 630pm.
Shivkumar K V | Apr 12, 2018
Is a place for Contemporary Indian art scene. The huge works of art works and the apex Gallery collection are the best of Aesthetics. It takes long hours watching the full collection of art woks. The massive Gallery is a real grandeur of Indian Art.
Talia Ekin Tokyay | Jun 3, 2018
Museum has great collection of work of contemporary Indian artists. Place is quite spacious and they display nice statues in the gardens. Museum shop is small, does not offer much. A bizarre rule that museum has is visitors could take photos of art in the museum but cannot take photos of themselves in the museum. At the entrance we were told no selfies, and we said 'of course'. But when I want to take picture of my kid with a painting the guard warned me and said I cannot have my child in the photo. I find the rule quite silly. Still it is a great museum if you want to explore Indian Modern Art.
Pahadi Bawa | Jun 5, 2018
Really loved the whole experience of this place!! We came here in our college trip from NIFT . It's a great place! Loved the art pieces and the way the exhibition space has been designed.. it's really fascinating and inspiring to see work of such great artists. The tickets are also affordable ..
ShockWave | May 19, 2018
Being an art enthusiast it was a must visit place for me in Delhi. It was a great experience to be surrounded by so many renown artists that you hear names of in books. It has a great collection of artworks and paintings and Illustrations. Architecture is quite cool in itself. Had a blast here and would suggest every art lover to go there at least once.
pankaj pandey | Jun 2, 2018
So big... And silent... I love this place... So many artwork... You will feel glad to be here... Entry tickets is just for 20/- free parking.. nice arrangements for sitting... Family place.
Saumya Singh | Jul 8, 2018
A delightful experience in today's world of chaos. One must visit this gallery even if you do not have a taste for art..it will be truly an experience worth remembering. A three floor gallery depicting art pieces from various painters and sculptors. You can find everything here ranging from sketches to statues to miniature paintings, portraits, landscapes and much more.
Reetesh Nimje | Jul 4, 2018
As someone completely uninitiated to modern art, I was looking forward to kill some time without much expectation of appreciating the works. Yet, I scheduled my trip around one of their walkthroughs (you can see the timings on their website) which is what I'd suggest. Of the three floors, about a floor and half have 'traditional' art. Aided by the works' chronological arrangement, the guide took us on a tour through the centuries explaining evolution of paintings and a few sculptures. If nothing else, the ambience at the place is simply soothing if you're someone that loves calm. If I'm around and have time to kill, this is where I'd go again.
Yeshuraj Joshi | Aug 1, 2018
It's a really wonderful place, they get new art collections to display almost regularly. I visited the Australian tribal art collection, it was marvelous. They even change the interior of the gallery with every new collection. It's a great way to spend couple of hours with friends. They have beautiful gardens to just sit and relax. I'd recommend everyone to visit this place and appreciate the effort these guys put into presenting different art forms from all around the globe. It helps Indian artists also and I think it's high time we start appreciating the effort and creativity that goes into this process.
Galavi Sharma | Jul 13, 2018
This place is just wonderful. A heaven for people who love art and also for those who love beautiful architecture. There were paintings from very well-known Indian and international painters. Additionally, there were metal and bronze busts and structures too. Also, Cp and Khan market are two pretty close places where you can find good eating joints. All in all, a nice escape zone from this Delhi heat.
Atindra Kumar | Jul 27, 2018
Nice place for Arts lover to visit, well maintained, neat and clean, nice staff. Saturday Sunday very crowded, weekdays are best to visit. They close on Monday. Variety of collection they have. They provide free guide service. I recommend to visit this museum once to everyone. Impressed with guide Mr. Ganguly's knowledge.
Dayavati Devi | Jul 17, 2018
Its definitely an amazing place to visit.. There's a art curator who guides you and gives you a whole tour of the whole gallery and enlightens you about old art and artists and how it shifted to modern art.. There are workshops too that occur in between which you can join if you're a lover of art.. There are programs for children too that teach them how to sculpt or innovate new things out of wastes.. Which would help them grow as a person.. They have very interactive programs.. And if you want to have an interesting date.. You could bring your date here and draw and paint together as there's a space specifically to do that and its all free of cost. So I'd say must visit!!! :)
Prashant Gautam | Jul 14, 2018
Really a great place to visit. A lot of paintings and other art things are there to see. You can find unique, special and oldest art in there. Guide service is also free there and the guide is really good in describing about the things there. So if you want to see good stuff then it is your place to visit.
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