Wednesday, July 04, 2018

Air India’s ‘Maharaja collection’ with 4000 artworks set to be moved from Mumbai

New Delhi: After a proposal to sell the Air India building at Nariman Point in South Mumbai to Shipping Ministry got Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s approval, the next task at hand is to shift the priceless art collection from the building. Known as the ‘Maharaja Collection’, it has more than 4,000 artworks including paintings by legendary artists such as M F Husain, V S Gaitonde, Jatin Das, and Anjolie Ela Menon.

According to a report by The Indian Express, this collection is likely to be moved to Delhi and could soon be a part of the National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA). The report quoted sources in Ministry of Culture as saying that some works from the collection will even be displayed at the organisation’s Jaipur House building as well.

The deal has not been finalised yet but Adwaita Gadanayak, director-general, NGMA, said that the initial talks have begun. “We are in talks but things are yet to take a final shape,” Gadanayak who is in Mumbai to hold further discussions with Air India officials on the matter, said.

04/07/18 Financial Express

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