Ten-Second Takeaway

Bringing together a collection of 131 lithographs by the renowned painter, Raja Ravi Varma, National Gallery of Modern Art’s all-new exhibition is not to be missed.

The Raja And His Works

With National Gallery of Modern Art‘s latest exhibition being described as historic and one-of-its-kind, we wouldn’t be surprised if all paths led to the gallery this month. After all, it’s not every day that you get to gawk at a collection of original and hitherto unseen lithographs by the celebrated painter, Raja Ravi Varma, all under one roof. Sourcing 131 lithographs, the exhibition, Raja Ravi Varma: Royal Lithography and Legacy, includes works the artist himself did not get to see in print, as most of them were printed after his demise {in 1906}. Apparently curated over a year, the show is an endeavour of the city-based Raja Ravi Varma Heritage Foundation {set up by Bharani Thirunal Rukmini Bayi Varma, a sixth generation member of the artist’s family} and will be taken across the country after the Bangalore exhibition.

More In Store

Apart from being the first ever comprehensive display of all of Ravi Varma’s lithographs {each with a curatorial note}, the exhibition also showcases the press, paints and other objects of the painter. But, that’s not all. Adding to the highlights of the events, there will be a talk by Rupika Chawla {author, curator and conservator} and author, Manu Pillai {on Saturday, July 9}. If you’re hoping to get deeper insight into Ravi Varma and his artworks, join Ganesh Shivaswamy {126 of the lithographs on display are from his private collection} on a gallery walk {on Saturday, July 16}. Keep an eye out for two short films – The Prince of Color: Raja Ravi Varma and Before the Brush Dropped – which will be screened thrice during the monthlong exhibition.

When: On till Sunday, August 14

Where: National Gallery of Modern Art, 49,Manikyavelu Mansion, Palace Road

Price: INR 20 per person

Timings: 10am-5pm {closed on Mondays and national holidays}

Contact: 080 22342338

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