February 9, 2016

The new Piramal Museum of Art at Lower Parel

by Namrata Ganguly

We recently wrote about the SMRITI book, designed by Kahani Designworks, and then began digging into Piramal Foundation’s Museum of Art in more depth. Here’s a look inside.

All images courtesy The Piramal Art Foundation

The Piramal Group launched Piramal Museum of Art at the heart of Lower Parel amidst the many glass towers on 25 November 2015. The 7,000 sqft. museum, located inside the Peninsula Corporate Park, is open to the public free of charge.

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Showcasing 40–50 artworks collected by the Piramal family, which include works from renowned artists such as Akbar Padamsee, Hemendranath Mazumdar, Gaganendranath Tagore, Jehangir Sabavala, Bikash Bhattacharjee, K.G.Subramanyan and many more, it is a valuable repository of Indian fine art history. In addition to the paintings, there are sculptures and installations on display providing a historical backdrop of Indian modern art.

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Born out of the family’s appreciation of the power of art, The Piramal Art Foundation was founded in 2014. Dr. Swati Piramal, Vice Chairperson, Piramal Enterprises Ltd. said, “Arts and culture have a wider, measurable impact on our sensibilities as a society and go a long way in enriching our lives.

I believe that art should be there in everyone’s lives, irrespective of what economic strata they come from. And we hope to achieve this by supporting artists and building collections that the public, especially children can enjoy.”

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The Piramal Art Museum is also attempting to bring the museum out of its traditional context in terms of remote locations and hours thereby attracting professionals from the area by its sheer proximal convenience.

Ashvin Rajagopalan, Director, Piramal Museum of Art adds, “It will give art connoisseurs not only the capacity to see the works in the collection, additionally access to a vast volume of assets for research and study. We also hope to develop a dynamic programme with consistent talks and workshops.”

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Dr. Swati and Mr. Ajay Piramal

You can look forward to their new exhibition Pages Of A Mind: Raja Ravi Varma, Life & Expressions opening to the public on 22 February 2016.

Located about 15 minutes walking distance from Phoenix Mills you can drop by between 3 PM to 8 PM on weekdays and 10 AM to 8 PM on weekends.

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