By Rajesh Kumar
Celebrating the International Museum Day, the National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi has lined up a weeklong celebration with various activities and programmes. On 16th May, an exhibition titled ‘Brasilia 60+ and the construction of modern Brazil’ was inaugurated by Union Housing and Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Singh Puri to mark the cultural exchange programme between India and Brazil.
The Union Culture Ministry is organising the events under the theme of ‘Power of Museums’ to raise awareness about the importance of museums for cultural exchange, enrichment of cultures, and development of mutual understanding, cooperation, and peace among people.
The exhibition was filled with photographs of the architectural beauty of Brazil and gives an insight to the historical evolution of the South American country. Photo booths, sculptors, books and miniatures from Brazil are exhibited in the museum. Blue prints and mini sculptors of Church of Our Lady of Fatima, Metropolitan Cathedral Brazil and various other important landmarks in Brasillia by recognised architect Oscar Niemeyer are the main attraction.
Two seminal exhibitions focusing on the modern masters of Indian art titled ‘Hastantaran and Kshetregya’ will be inaugurated on May 18. Hastantaran will be an insight to the artistic and spiritual journey of Nandalal Bose through murals and lithographs whereas Kshetragya will be a celebration of Navratnas of India’s national art treasures with special focus on Benode Behari Mukherjee and Ramkinkar Baij. Art workshops, ‘Night at the Museum’ for underprivileged children are also lined up in this celebration of International Museum Day.