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A Guide To The Best Modern Art Galleries in Delhi

February 6, 2017

It would be a massive understatement to say that New Delhi's art scene is booming. When in history wasn't it?The seat of the Indian government and the capital of India, New Delhi is home to a burgeoning contemporary art scene. In recent years, New Delhi has witnessed a subsequent boom in new galleries, as well as in art events, fairs, and exhibitions – all of which attract a newfound global interest in the Indian art market. Here’s a list of contemporary art galleries in Delhi.

National Art Gallery

The Gallery is the premier institution of its kind in India. It is run and administered as a subordinate office to the Department of Culture, Government of India. The gallery is a repository of the cultural ethos of the country and showcases the changing art forms through the passage of the last hundred and fifty years starting from about 1857 in the field of Visual and Plastic arts. Notwithstanding some gaps and some trivia, the NGMA collection today is undeniably the most significant collection of modern and contemporary art in the country today.
Where: Jaipur House, Sher Shah Road, Near Delhi High Court, India Gate, New Delhi.
Contact: 011 2338 2835

Delhi Art Gallery

Located in the vibrant Hauz Khas village is one of the leading galleries in New Delhi, the Delhi Art Gallery focuses on showcasing a variety of 20th-century Indian artworks. Opened in 1993, the gallery owns one of the most exhaustive collections of Indian modern art. From early modernist works to contemporary, experimental art forms and from the earliest British painters and Bengal School of Art to the Progressive Artists Group and the leading painters of today, the collection covers the entire history of modern art in India.

Where: 11 Hauz Khas Village, Deer Park, New Delhi Contact: 011 4600 5300

Exhibit 320

Located in the heart of Lado Sarai, experimental art space Exhibit 320 showcases contemporary art from India and the subcontinent. Focusing on new means of artistic expression and visual dialogue, the gallery serves not only as an exhibition space, but as a meeting point for artists, students, and aficionados. The gallery aims to discover and promote the new generation of contemporary artists, encouraging critical discourse and progressive experiments through various seminars, lectures, and talks. Past exhibitions have featured works by Tsherin Sherpa from Nepal, Vibha Galhotra from India, Shahzia Sikander, Waqas Khan from Pakistan, Faig Ahmed from Azerbaijan, and Afruz Amighi from Iran. Where:  Lado Sarai, F 320, Old Mehrauli Badarpur Road, New Delhi  Contact: + 91 11 4613 0637

Gallery Espace

Established in 1989, Espace was started by Renu Modi with an exhibition of works by MF Hussain. Since then, the gallery has gone on to represent younger contemporary South Asian artists like Zarina Hashmi and Chitra Ganesh. The gallery aims to promote an interdisciplinary approach to fine art, showcasing the emerging contemporary artists who document and reflect upon the current reality of modern society. Where: 16, Community Center, New Friends Colony, New Delhi Contact: 011 2692 2947

Art Heritage Gallery

Founded in 1978 by one of the most influential Indian theater directors of the 20th century, Ebrahim Alkazi, and  the renowned costume designer, Roshan Alkaz, this place continues to enhance its commitment to promoting awareness of modern Indian art. Located in the famous art complex Triveni Kala Sangam, the gallery has published a variety of art-related publications, portfolios, and catalogs, and has held over 350 exhibitions, ranging from distinguished artists such as F.N. Souza and M.F Hussain to the new and upcoming contemporary artists. Where: Art Heritage Gallery, Triveni Kala Sangam, 205, Tansen Marg, New Delhi Contact: +91 11 2371 9470

Nature Morte

Founded in New York's East Village in 1982 and closed in 1988, Peter Nagy revived Nature Morte in New Delhi in 1997 as a commercial gallery and a curatorial experiment. Since then, Nature Morte has become synonymous in India with challenging and experimental forms of art; championing conceptual, lens-based, and installation genres and representing a generation of Indian artists who have gone on to international exposure. The gallery has been located in its multi-level space in Neeti Bagh, central south Delhi, since December 2003. Nature Morte was the first gallery from India to be included in the most important international art fairs (staring with The Armory Show in New York in 2005) and has participated in Art Basel, Fiac Paris, Art Basel Miami Beach, Paris Photo, Art Dubai, Tokyo Art Fair, Art Basel Hong Kong, Abu Dhabi Art Fair, Frieze New York, among others. Where: A-1 Neeti Bagh, New Delhi Contact: +91 11 41740215

Dhoomimal Art Centre

Dhoomimal Gallery (DMG), established in 1936 by Sh. Ram Babu Jain is the oldest contemporary art gallery in India. Having recently completed 75 years of successfully promoting Indian contemporary art Dhoomimal has always been more of an institution than a mere commercial gallery. Sh. Jain an art lover was primarily into the printing and publishing business and it was his appreciation of art over the years that brought him into contact with some leading artists of the period. This led to the birth of the Dhoomimal Gallery at Connaught Place. Dhoomimal Art Centre is also noteworthy in its representation of emerging, amateur, and well-known established artists and masters. Where: A8, Connanught Place, Near Rajiv Chowk Metro Station Contact: 011 2332 4492

Art Alive Gallery

This gallery has two locations, one in Delhi and one in Gurgaon. The gallery specialises in exhibitions dedicated to 20th century Indian modern masters, as well as 21st century contemporary artists. Where: S-221, Gamal Abdel Nasser Marg, Panchsheel Park South; 120 Institutional Area, Sector 44, Gurgaon Contact: 011 4163 9000 for Delhi; +91 124 4932000 for Gurgaon

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