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Print down the years

Print down the years
The archival graphic prints from the National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA) is on display at  the Celebrating Indigenous  Printmaking exhibition.  The exhibition was inaugurated by Shripad Naik, Minister of State Culture and Tourism, in the presence of Ravindra Singh, Secretary, Ministry of Culture on Thursday, at the National Gallery of Modern Art.

It is the first time that such an extensive show on printmaking will be on view from the rich collection of NGMA, including many prints that have rarely been displayed before. This exhibition is accompanied with the release of a set of three portfolios showcasing the prints of some of the iconic masters among other memorabilia produced by NGMA, New Delhi. It is also accompanied with the screening of a documentary film made by the noted filmmaker, Bikram Singh at the NGMA auditorium daily at 11.00 am and 3.00 pm.

Prof. Rajeev Lochan, Director of NGMA, said,  'I am extremely delighted to present this extensive exhibition outlining the journey of printmaking in India. It showcases over 200 iconic prints of more than 100 eminent artists mapping the history of printmaking from the colonial period till the contemporary times.'

A special section has been dedicated to International prints from NGMA's  collection which were made in India.  This exhibition along with its accompanying texts, journals and printmaking tools on display will benefit students, researchers and scholars to get an intimate understanding of printmaking practices, techniques and developments of the last two centuries in India. There will also be printmaking workshops organised under the guidance of noted printmakers of India.

Inaugurating the exhibition, Shripad Naik, the Minister of State Culture and Tourism said, ‘NGMA was established with the objective of promoting modern and contemporary art in the country with an aim to acquire and preserve works of art from 1857 onwards. In continuation of  showcasing facets of modern and contemporary Indian art, this exhibition affirms itself as a milestone in documenting the journey of printmaking in India’.   
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