National Exhibition of Art at NGMA

To feature 111 exhibits by eminent artists

The 58th National Exhibition of Art, organised by Lalit Kala Akademi, will be inaugurated at the National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA) in the city on Friday.

The month-long exhibition will feature 111 exhibits by eminent artists from across the country. The exhibits were shortlisted from 6,000 works. Sculptors, painters, graphic artists and photographers are taking part in the national event. 

The exhibition is being held in Bengaluru after 16 years. The venue had almost been shifted to Chennai because the NGMA here had not confirmed the availability of their premises.

The Akademi will confer the National Award on 15 artists on February 24 at Hotel Shangri-La. Governor Vajubhai Vala will present the award. In the past, iconic artists such as M F Husain and S H Raza, have received the award.

The award jury consisted of artists like Adwaita Gadanayak, Chandranath Acharya K, Prof Pranam Singh  and Venkatachalapathi. Each of the awardees will receive a plaque and a cash award of Rs 1 lakh, along with a certificate.

Speaking at a press conference on Wednesday, C S Krishna Setty, administrator of the Akademi, said, “The National Exhibition of Art is a window view into future trends in Indian art. The works of the awardees have addressed a spectacular range of subjects and carry in them an unwritten history of development, emerging trends and influences of the art movement in the country.”

Several activities have been organised on the sidelines of the exhibition. The National Art Conclave is the highlight.  The participating artists will talk about their works through presentations at the conclave on February 25. Chief Minister Siddaramaiah will inaugurate the event. The display at NGMA is open to the public on all working days, except Mondays.

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