Saturday, October 11, 2014

Indian Museum Kolkata

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Indian Museum tells the story of India with rare objects with a very rich collection of artifacts, which you will find in rooms with different gemstone archaeology, paintings, stuffed animals, sculptures and remains a place to visit when you come to the Kolkata. Indian Museum is one of the oldest museums in the world. Its establishment dates back to 1814 and was the work of the Danish botanist Nathaniel Wallich.

Dating back to 1814, the Indian Museum in Kolkata is the largest museum in India. While the museum has some very rare artifacts and antiques, his collection of dinosaur fossils and Egyptian mummies is very popular with children.

In 1875 it was transferred to its present location, an austere palace in neo-Renaissance style. It includes several sections devoted to zoology, anthropology and geology, but the most interesting is the archaeological, in particular the collection of architectural fragments of the stupa of Bharhut bas-reliefs depicting the previous lives of the Buddha Sakyamuni (Jataka).

Equally interesting collections of bronzes, mostly from Nepal and Tamil Nadu. Date back to a period that goes from the beginning of our era to the twelfth century. The 2nd floor is occupied by the gallery of paintings which includes among other paintings used in the Tantric cult and a series of miniatures, including those from Persia.

In the dizzying growth trend of art in India, the assets volatile exhibitions, art fairs, international summits not overshadow attention to structures, which indeed produces projects for two new museums. At Calcutta we will focus on the art of Modern and Contemporary Art, with a museum of 160 thousand square meters designed by none other than  Herzog & de Meuron, which will open in 2014 with the name of Kolkata Museum of Modern Art.

The collection will include Indian art from the eighteenth century to the present, making a little space even to Western art. The birth of this new cultural center of India was made ​​possible thanks to the public-private partnership between the Government of India, the Government of West Bengal and some companies in the sector, which led to a budget of $ 82 million.

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