Art has been a part of our life for as long as humans have existed on this planet. With a constant quest to find what’s new and preserve their findings by depicting them in art form, man has used the language of shapes and colours to tell stories visually. For thousands of years, man has delighted in creating, criticizing and enjoying art.
LISTED BELOW ARE ART GALLERIES IN MUMBAI THAT GIVE YOU A SLICE OF HISTORY, ART AND CULTURE THEREBY.
JEHANGIR ART GALLERY, Kala Ghoda
Jehangir Art Gallery is a concrete art gallery built in 1952, featuring 4 exhibit halls of modern artwork, plus a cafe. Hosting their annual renowned festival in February called “Kala Ghoda Fest” which primarily displays all the thriving talents emerging from various parts of the country with a quest to be noticed in their respective fields namely the performing arts, theatre, fine arts, sculpting, photography, fabric-printing, ceramics, etc. in lieu of which they promote, project and also give you an exposure of thriving art and culture around you. They conduct workshops in order to boost the artist in you.
CHHATRAPATI SHIVAJI VASTU SANGRAHALAYA, Fort
Formerly known as the Prince of Wales Museum, rechristened to Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, is known for a variety of exhibitions, workshops, lectures, and interesting events and film screenings that is held here by art experts and prominent figures.
Built by the German architect George Wittet in 1909, the dome of this building was inspired after the Gol Gumbaz of Bijapur and the finial is replicated from the Taj Mahal.
CSMVS houses about 50,000 artefacts and has an enormous collection of sculptures, pre and proto historic, 2D prints, Indian and Himalayan Art, decorative art, terracotta, bronzes, excavated artefacts from the Harappan sites, Indian miniature paintings, European paintings, Chinese porcelain and Japanese ivories. The museum also has a separate section for Natural History.
On World Environment Day, one of the workshops conducted at the museum taught its attendees unique ‘bombs’ of compost and clay with a seed planted in each, that promoted tree plantation anywhere they wanted.
They host recreational activities too. Check out their website for more information on their workshops and more.
DR. BHAU DAJI LAD MUSEUM, Byculla
Formerly known as the Victoria Albert Museum, Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum is the center for curating and displaying works of fine art. Each year the museum is known to conduct a variety of exhibitions, workshops, theatre performances, public lectures and film screenings as well as various programs in collaboration with other organizations. This place has a great variety of interactive and educational lectures to impart with the artist in the city.
NATIONAL GALLERY OF MODERN ART, Colaba
Since its establishment, NGMA’s objective has been to promote the culture of modern art in the country.
It boasts of 17,000 works that bears testimony to a rich and resplendent past even as they pay tribute to the present. It treasures various miniature paintings to modernist interventions and au courant contemporary expressions.
Many prominent artists have adorned the walls of this museum who believed in modern expressionism. Visit this place for a taste of Indian modern art.
PIRAMAL MUSEUM OF ART, Byculla
Located at Lower Parel, this museum is a state-of-the-art facility dedicated to present art in a way that is engaging, informative and educational to a wide range of audience. The museum conducts curated shows regularly from the Piramal collection and those culled from other collections. A philanthropic effort by Dr. Swati Piramal and Mr. Ajay Piramal and the Piramal family, Piramal aims to collect, preserve, document and exhibit Indian art. The Museum also offers customizable experiences for corporate, schools and social groups to witness art through tours and workshops.
Since art can be confusing to follow, the museum has thoughtfully created a series of programs for the public aiming to promote, understand and appreciate art to the audiences, young and old.
CLARK HOUSE INITIATIVE, Colaba
The Clark House Initiative was primarily a curatorial collaboration concerned with the ideas of freedom to conserve the history of internationalism, experiment and research. It used to be an office of antiques back in the day, of pharmaceutical research and of the Thakur Shipping Company that had links to the Middle East, Eastern Europe and Japan.
They don’t have a website but they are very active on facebook. Visit their webpage to find out about their events.
GALLERY MASKARA, Colaba
The clear and concise objective of Gallery Maskara is clearly fetched by the global and multidisciplinary stance that the cultural society of the gallery fetches today that in turn fuels the purpose of critical dialogue, collaboration and public engagement.
VOLTE GALLERY, Worli
Volte confirms its position as one of the leading contemporary galleries of the Asian subcontinent. It has been featured in The New York Times, Art Forum, Frieze Magazine, CNN, Time Magazine art that drive you insane with the quality of concept and expressionism.
PROJECT 88, Colaba
Project 88 spans 4,000 square feet of what was formerly a century old metal printing press in Colaba, restored and renovated by the notable conservation architect Rahul Mehrotra. It has a roster of some of the most thoughtful and exciting artists working in the Indian subcontinent today. If you want to know what constitutes the future of contemporary art in South Asia, Project 88 is the place from where you could begin your exploration of tomorrow’s terrain.
CHEMOULD PRESCOTT ROAD, Fort
Chemould Prescott Road at Queen’s Mansion, Fort, is a museum that hoards a variety of work of exceptional artists inclined to modern, contemporary and abstract art concluding a thought provoking stanza. Visit their museum for an enthralling experience.
CHATTERJEE & LAL, Colaba
Chatterjee & Lal is a museum that was started in 2003, the teamwork of the couple Mortimer Chatterjee and Tara Lal. They felt strongly about the current generation missing out on the art of the 20th century. They have various exhibitions, art fairs, established and award-winning artists’ collaborations, and such enthralling events. This is how they curate their selections. A guaranteed perspective; about this place.