Today we arrive at Arpana Fine Arts Museums – Folk & Tribal Arts Painting, in New Delhi, for our weekly Museum Guide excursion, led by Divvya Nirula.
The Arpana Fine Arts Museum is part of the Academy of Fine Arts & Literature in New Delhi. Presented here are our top three must-see objects on view here. Next time you visit the museum, do not miss these!
1. Goddess Kali, by Unknown
2. Wading Across The Sea, by Unknown
3. Landscape Warli, by Unknown
Some fun facts about the Museum :
- The Academy of Fine Arts & Literature was founded in 1975 by artist Arpana Caur and writer Ajeet Cour. It is a non-profit organisation that is considered a local cultural hub in New Delhi.
- The organisation is specifically dedicated to the development and promotion of the careers of young and disabled artists.
- Arpana Caur herself is a renowned Indian artist. Her work is heavily informed by her Sikh heritage. She was passionate about art, music and literature from a very young age and made her first oil painting before the age of 10, citing Amrita Sher-Gil as her inspiration. She attended the University of Delhi where she studied Literature. Caur is predominantly a self-taught artist.
- The Folk & Tribal Art museum features a wide variety of styles from different parts of the country. Gond, Warli, the Pahari school, the Deccani, Begal and Paithan schools are all represented through the works here.
A Final Thought :
In India, while we love the works of our Modernist masters, the market for our traditional art forms seems to be shrinking. Generations of craftsmen have been left jobless due to this decrease in demand. Organisations such as the Fold & Tribal Arts museum provide a crucial platform for representation of these artists and styles.
Visit Art From Us Archive for Museum Guide collated by Divvya Nirula. Here you shall find more suggestions on where you should visit next. And what you should see there.