Timings - Opening & Closing: Monday - Friday: 10.00 AM - 5.00 PM , Saturday: 10.00 AM - 5.00 PM , Sunday: 10.00 AM - 5.00 PM , Public Holidays: 12.00 AM - 12.00 AM
Located in the prestigious heritage premises of Manikyavelu Mansion, National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA) Bangaluru branch was inaugurated by the Honourable Union Minister of Culture and Tourism, Mrs. Ambika Soni on February 18.
Over 90 years old, the Manikyavelu Mansion on Palace Road was once the property of the Mysore royal family. The mansion later came to be owned by Raja Manikayavalu Mudaliar, a mine owner. It was taken over by the State Government in the late sixties, who then offered it to the Ministry of Culture in July 1989 for setting up of a modern art Museum at Bangaluru by NGMA. The foundation stone for the museum was laid in 2001.
Spread over an area of 3.5 acres, the historic heritage mansion was transformed from a residency into a museum gallery, with a display space of 1551 sq. m by architect Naresh Narasimhan of Venkataramana Associates. The heritage building has been supplemented by a new Gallery Block, which adds a display space of 1260 sq. m. The new architecture is so designed, that while fulfilling the requirement of spaces needed by a modern museum, it coexists in harmony with the style and ambience of the traditional mansion. Equipped with a refurbished auditorium, an open air theatre, a reference library, offices and art storage, a cafeteria, and a museum shop cum facilitations block, the NGMA looks ahead to becoming a hub of art activities and a major cultural centre at Bangaluru. The architects of the New Wing of NGMA, M/s. TEAM were provided the requisite support in the organization of the interiors and the detailing of the display systems.
The National Gallery of Modern Art consists National Treasure from late 18th century to the present. You would find some of the ancient ganjifa cards, Minutures paintings, Paintings from company period, Bengal School, and that of Raja Ravi Varma, Amritha Sher Gil, Ravindarnath Tagaore, Gaganendranath Tagore, Jamini Roy, Ramkinkar Baig, Binodh Bihari Mukerjee, Sailoz Mukerjee, M.F.Hussain. Also some artist from South India like K.K.Hebbar, S.G. Vasudev, Yusuf Arrakal, Ravikumar kashi, R.B.Bhaskaran, Achutan Kudlur and lot of contemporary Artists from all over the country.
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Best Time: During Day
Length of visit: 2-3hrs
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1 traveller review for National Gallery of Modern Art
This museum has nice surrounding and exhibitions are interesting even for armatures like me. Small but beautiful garden with huge trees adds to the appeal. Infrastructure is well maintained with modern facilities like temperature and humidity control, which I have never seen in any other museums in India. The staff is helpful and friendly. Apart from multiple galleries they also have small open cafes and sit out places. The open-air cafe has a good arty ambiance.
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