I am pleased to welcome you to the
Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), the premier
institute in the country that houses modern and
contemporary Indian art. Founded in 1954 as a
prominent modern institution of a new
independent nation, the NGMA reaffirms its role
today, collecting, preserving and actively
building a front-ranking institution which
houses masterpieces that trace the trajectory of
modern Indian art, through the transformation of
the pictorial language.
The NGMA's task is
particularly significant because of the distinct
character of modern and contemporary Indian art.
Uniquely positioned, it is a powerful synthesis
of western aesthetic values, and conceptual
elements of Indian art, of different mediums and
sensibilities, of a long and vibrant history
steeped in art, philosophy and culture.
Collecting for the NGMA required and still
requires a sense of history as well as an
awareness of ongoing debates and cutting edge
Our rich and varied collections comprise of
more than 17,000 art objects - paintings,
sculptures, prints and photographs. In January
2009, the NGMA proudly opened its new wings,
with the commissioning of three new blocks,
increasing the existing spaces almost six fold.
We aim to install state of art display
facilities, within the modern spaces given to
creating clearer and better understanding of our
collections. Coupled with modern facilities of
display, conservation, auditorium and library,
the NGMA aims to make the viewing and
understanding of modern and contemporary Indian
art a joyful and enriching experience across all
levels of audiences.
National Gallery of Modern Art