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Take a closer look at the art of portraiture

Art work of the exhibition titled ‘Chehre’ is showcased in a theatrical manner at NGMA

Take a closer look at the art of portraiture

The National Gallery of Modern Art, Ministry of Culture, Government of India has come with an exhibition 'Chehre' which focusses on the art of portraiture executed in an individualistic manner by the artists. The treasures showcased here mark the first phase of the reorientation of the permanent wing of the gallery. The show was inaugurated on October 8.

The artwork is showcased in a theatrical manner wherein one will see the bronze portrait by Ramkinkar Baij in conversation with portraits by Sarbari Roy Chowdhury, Latika Katt, C Dakshinamurthy, Himmat Shah, B Srinivas Reddy, D L N Reddy, to name a few. The exhibition also showcases individualistic works of art by Biman Das, K S Radhakrishnan, Amitava Bhowmick, Hemi Bawa, Soma Chakraborthy, Paritosh Sen, and others.

The Chief Guest for the occasion Padma Vibhushan Sonal Mansingh congratulated the Director General of National Gallery of Modern Art, Adwaita Garanayak for curating an exhibition dedicated to sculptures and portraits.

The guest of honour for the occasion Padma Shri Baba Yogendra ji stated that Chehre is a unique exhibition which presents works of art from NGMAs rich collection which have rarely been seen in the public domain. It is a major opportunity for the arts community and art lovers to see the prestigious collection.

"The art of sculpture has been prevalent in India and across the world from centuries in continuity. With this exhibition, a focus is drawn on the individualistic creativity of the artists rather than a particular academic style. I am extremely happy to announce that a sculptural exhibition titled Chehre has been curated in-house at NGMA on such a grand scale. With this, I also announce the reorientation of the gallery with this being the first phase. I look forward to welcoming all to witness the rarely seen sculptural treasures of National Gallery of Modern Art. I appreciate the efforts of NGMA, New Delhi team who have handled this task with professionalism and have presented this exhibition as envisaged. I believe that this would generate greater interest among people towards the sculptural legacy of modern masters", mentions Adwaita Garanayak, Director- General, NGMA.

"We will be showcasing treasures from the reserve in the near future also as a special focus with

reorientation of the museum display in a phase-wise manner. The artwork of the month has also

been added as a special feature from this exhibition onwards, highlighting a distinctive representation of the work of art titled 'Hey Ram'. In celebration of 150 years of Mahatma

Gandhi, this portrait by Late S G Shrikhande explores stillness of the moment. Cast in Bronze,

the work of art delineate the expressions of Mahatma Gandhi in an expressive manner. With his

closed eyes, calmness prevails on his face which stands in communion with the significant

representation of three monkeys in a garlanded manner encircling his neck," mentions Ritu Sharma, Director, National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi.

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