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The Venkatappa Art Gallery is a government initiative to promote art amongst the city's people. The gallery is named after K. Venkatappa, the illustrious painter known for his magical landscapes of picturesque southern towns like Ooty, Kodaikanal and others. The entrance to this gallery is from the Government Museum, and the rather scenic walk down to the gallery is over a bridge with pretty pink lotuses in a pond. The paintings are on display on the first floor of the gallery and photography is not permitted here. The artists featured are mostly local, and the temporary exhibitions keep changing every 3 weeks. Most artworks exhibited include watercolor, charcoal and oil paintings.
The red tiled roof the Gallery Time and Space at Lavelle Road speaks of an indelible mark of the old world, in this modern city. The gallery, located next to an old English Bungalow complete with an aesthetic garden, is a pleasant sight to see. The theme, that is evident in its very name, comes out even more strongly by the juxtaposition of the art it displays and space it stands on. What started out as an ode to Contemporary Indian art now stands as one of the richest culture hubs in Bengaluru. The gallery not only holds art exhibitions but it also functions as a venue for many book readings, film screenings, discussions on art sessions etc. Artists featured here include names such as Amitabh Sengupta, Aparna Caur, F.N Souza, Ravindra Salve etc. The gallery includes works of paintings, sculptures, and photography, a window into the world of experimental art. A visit here is indeed a cultural enrichment.
Responsible for having endorsed some of Indian Contemporary Art's well-known names, Apparao Galleries has two other establishments, one in Chennai and the other in New Delhi. Apart from holding some of the best works in contemporary art, it also helps collectors document as well as authenticate their collection. It is located opposite Cash Pharmacy and adjacent to Bishop Cottons Boys School. Please do visit the website for more information.
It's pure poetic justice that the National Gallery of Modern Art is set in a piece of art itself, the Manikyavelu Mansion which was home to the royalty in Mysore once upon a time. As mammoth as it is regal, the palace, which is now converted into the museum, holds some of the most prized and unique pieces of contemporary art in the country. It also includes a cafeteria and an open-air theater.
Synonymous with creativity, Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath (KCP) is a College of Fine Arts which is renowned for many good reasons. The artists taught and trained here, are not only talented but also very skillful with their fingers. The beautiful campus is nestled amidst lush greenery which perhaps gives birth to all of these wonderful creations. They offer a variety of courses in fine arts like Art History, Visual Arts, Painting, Graphics, Applied Arts, Sculpture and more. Apart from a well-equipped library, KCP also has all the learning aids like the latest audio and visual equipment. There are many unique exhibitions held in the KCP galleries, which are both temporary and permanent, and ranging from fine art to contemporary. Both local and national artists feature their artistic creations here. Popular and famous art events like 'Chitra Sante' are participated in by many at the national level too. Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath is located near the Lalit Ashok Hotel in Kumara Krupa Highgrounds.