Jehangir Art Gallery
Jehangir Art Gallery is a gallery situated in the capital city of Maharashtra, Mumbai. It was founded by Sir Cowasji Jehangir and it was named after the late son of its founder, Jehangir. It was built in the year 1952. The gallery came into existence due to the persuasion of K. K. Hebbar and Homi Bhabha to Sir Cowasji Jehangir. The interior of the gallery is mesmerizing and even the exterior looks fabulous. It was designed by G. M. Bhuta for G. M. Bhuta & Associates.
Historical background of Jehangir Art Gallery
Jehangir Art Gallery was inaugurated by the then Chief Minister of Mumbai, B. G. Kher on 21st January 1952, in the memory of the late sir of Sir Cowasji Jehangir. This gallery celebrates the renaissance of Indian art. Some important structures of importance are situated in this very complex.
Architecture of Jehangir Art Gallery
Jehangir Art Gallery has in total four exhibition halls housed in it which showcase visual art. These four exhibition halls are known as Exhibition Gallery, Auditorium Hall, Terrace Art Gallery for photography and Hiirji Jehangir Gallery. This gallery is one of the early concrete structures present in the city of Mumbai. Jehangir Art Gallery is a striking example of an early modernist notion of inward looking galleries. It was actually turned inwards due to its combined function of an auditorium and an art gallery. The entrance of this gallery is very attractive indeed and has a large wavy cantilevered entrance which very well embraces the street.
What to do when at Jehangir Art Gallery
Jehangir Art Gallery houses a café in its premises which goes by the name Samovar which is reminiscent of the socialist culture of 1970s.
In addition to the café, Jehangir Art Gallery also houses the Natesans, the country’s oldest licensed antique dealers.
This gallery is a one of the most pristine platforms in the whole of India where budding artists can showcase their work. The gallery has hosted the work of well established artists like M. F. Hussain, and S. H. Raza. This gallery is considered the best in the city and artists have to wait for as long as two years or so for displaying their work in here. It enjoys plenty of media coverage too. So, for an artist displaying their work in this gallery is like an achievement.
Jehangir Art Gallery is one of the pristine and prestigious destinations for displaying artistic work. Since, its establishment it has been serving its purpose very well. This place is a haven for art lovers. Lovers of art must visit Jehangir Art Gallery. It is home to some splendid pieces of art which are displayed with much exuberance in here. These exhibits have the potential to lure even the ones who are not on the artistic side. For the ones who are into the aesthetics of art, can gain a lot of inspiration from the work in display here. There are chances that a confused artist may gain some perspective when on a visit to this place. So, one can say that the very aura of this place is magical. It makes one transcend into some other world. Art is a result of pure imagination and the extent of imagination of an artist defines his work. This place in a way makes an artist gain perspective and sail smoothly in the ocean of art and imagination.
Jehangir Art Gallery is also the sponsor of an annual exhibition, Monson Art Show. In this show the creative work of upcoming artists is displayed. One interesting phenomenon of this gallery is that the artists who do not make it to the gallery, showcase their work on the pavement outside the gallery.
A Tourist’s Guide
Jehangir Art Gallery is open on all days of the week from 11 am to 7 pm. Entry is not ticketed here. One can easily reach this pace when in the city of Mumbai. A large number of public transport facilities like auto, bus and cab are available readily. The nearest railway station from Jehangir Art Gallery is Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminal. The nearest airport from here is Mumbai Airport. One can find hotels both online and offline in Mumbai.
Jehangir Art Gallery hosts as many as 300 shows per annum. Lovers of art and culture must visit this place. The best this about this gallery is that it has made art accessible to the common public. Earlier, these things were believed to be seen and understood only by aristocratic people. But, Jehangir Art Gallery has made a difference and revolutionized the culture of art in our country.