Historical meets contemporary - Rajasthan's palatial sculpture gallery
The 19th century Madhavendra Palace in Jaipur has been converted into contemporary sculpture gallery - we take a look at some of the artworks inside.
Built in 1892 and sitting at the heart of the Nahargarh Fort, the Madhavendra Palace was first home to Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh. The structure of this Rajasthani building is perfectly symmetrical, with a suite for the Maharaja at the head of the building and a parallel plan of duplex suites for his queens. The rooms are linked by meandering corridors and many of them still feature original murals painted during the period.
Following a collaboration between the Government of Rajasthan and the Saat Saath Arts Foundation, the palace's rooms, corridors and courtyards now house a specially curated selection of over 60 sculptures by approximately 25 contemporary artists, from both India and abroad, directed by artist, curator and gallerist Peter Nagy (of Nature Morte). The purpose of the initiative is to breathe new life into a historical monument and to create a sense of community, both local and foreign, around art. In addition to the artistic programme, The Sculpture Park is also running an employment and education programme.
Supporting Indian contemporary art is one of the missions of the sculpture programme - Indian artists in this year's line-up include Bharti Kher, Mrinali Mukherjee, Virkam Goyal and Anita Dube. These sit in dialogue with international works by the likes of Huma Bhabha, Arman, Hans Josephsohn and Stephen Cox; international galleries contributing artworks include Hauser & Wirth (London) and Salon 94 (New York).
By fusing the modern with the traditional - that is, placing challenging contemporary artworks in a site of such historical significance - The Sculpture Park aims to present the complex picture of India in the 21st century. A new programme of sculptures will be presented in the space each year. The current works are on display until the end of October, with the next edition expected to be unveiled in December 2018.
Visit www.thesculpturepark.in for more information