Today we arrive at Arpana Fine Art Museums – Folk & Tribal Arts Sculpture, for our weekly Museum Guide excursion, led by Divvya Nirula.
Arpana Caur is an important India contemporary artist and sculptor. Apart from creating works of her own, she also supports and promotes art and culture through the Arpana Caur Fine Art Museums. Presented here are our top three must-see objects on view here. Next time you visit the museum, do not miss these!
1. Eka-danta, 20th Century, by Unknown
2. Garuda, 20th Century, by Unknown
3. Ritual Pot With Bull-Head Handle, 20th Century, by Unknown
Some fun facts about the Museum :
- Located in the national capital, the collection in this Museum gives a brief overview of various stylistic traditions in Indian art.
- The focus is on regional forms of visual art that have been developed by tribal communities over centuries.
- These communities are some of the poorest in the world, yet their artistic heritage is rich and vibrant. Their artistic output is often regarded simply as ‘craft’ and is not given the elite status of fine art.
- As a result, despite the great effort that goes into creating works in these regional styles, the price received for them on the market are little to nothing. Owing to this, over the past few decades, several craftsmen around India have abandoned their crafts in search of better sources of livelihood to support their families.
- By displaying such works in a museum, giving them the much deserved status of fine art, and educating the public about them, the Arpana Caur Museum is one among many who endeavour to revive India’s dying industry of regional art.
A Final Thought :
This gallery is a great place to familiarise yourself with local art styles if you aren’t already familiar with them. And in case you are, here’s a great place to revisit these beautiful forms of art.
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.