Monday, October 28, 2013

Patronage of the Arts

An article in today's Times of India highlights that the National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi, has not acquired any new work of art in the last 6 years. While no gallery would feel proud about such a statistic, NGMA in fact has the lofty stated objective that it "helps people to look at the works of modern art with greater joy, understanding and knowledge by extending their relationship with our daily life and experiencing them as vital expressions of the human spirit."

It would be better probably for NGMA to set a few achievable and pedantic goals for the year like the number of artists they would support; the number of artworks they would acquire, restore, display; and the number of art students, teachers and general public whom they would establish some relationship with.

The fine arts have a dependence on patronage, government or otherwise, and in return they contribute so much to enhancing people's imagination and empathy. So one hopes NGMA will get its act together fast.

With its splendid collection built up over years, the art community and the general public has huge expectations from the NGMA.


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