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29, Thirumalai Pillai Road
Chennai, 600 017
Phone: (91) 44 28343030
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29, Thirumalai Pillai Road T. Nagar, Chennai, IN, 600 017
- Phone: (91) 44 28343030
- Fax: (91) 44 28345868
Arts & Museums
Part of the historic Fort St.George enclave, the Fort Museum showcases a fascinating collection of exhibits from the British rule, like weapons and war accessories. The statue of a Lord Cornwallis, one of British India's most illustrious Governor Generals, is a major attraction especially for history enthusiasts. Also part of the exhibits, are articles from an adjacent church, combative military uniforms and other memorabilia from the colonial era. Fort Museum attracts tourists and locals alike as it evokes memories of a not-so forgotten past.
The Ayya Art Gallery is one of the finest galleries one will find in the port city of Chennai. To not put labels on art and to promote it for what it is, is the theme they follow at this gallery. Thus, there is not a particular genre one will find at this gallery, which is a great thing for you get to see art in all it's wondrous forms. For all art lovers, a trip to the Ayya Art Gallery is a must, for it will truly give you an insight as to what Indian modern and ancient art is all about. For further details, do visit their website.
Part of the Government Museum, the National Art Gallery displays a comprehensive collection of artworks that depict the rich heritage of India's pulsating fine arts scene. There are separate sections for Tanjore, traditional and decorative art. Another highlight here is the Ravi Varma gallery, which showcases the genius of this master artist, whose paintings emanate a radiant poetic feel, and catches the eyes of all visitors quite effortlessly. The contemporary art section is also worth a watch.
Established in the latter half of the 19th Century, Government Museum houses a stunning range of exhibits which cover diverse study areas, and reveals a profound cultural backdrop. There are exhibits covering archeology, anthropology, numismatics, the architectural patterns of India spanning different centuries and the visible evolution of styles. There is also a children's section replete with interesting artifacts that incite curiosity in the little ones. The National Art Gallery, Contemporary Art Gallery and the public library are also part of the museum enclave. The Government Museum is a major landmark and an interesting place to visit in Chennai.
With a fine waterfront location just opposite the sandy Marina Beach, the Vivekananda Museum plays a vital role in the cultural climate of Chennai. It had the distinguished privilege of hosting a rich discourse by India's greatest ascetic and reformer, Swami Vivekananda. The state government has rightly converted this former warehouse into an invaluable treasure-trove of rare manuscripts and articles related to Vivekananda. One can see numerous scripts that throw light on ancient India's abundant spiritual tradition.
Gallery Veda is the brainchild of Preeti Garg. It is located in a traditional bungalow though the setting of the gallery is anything but conventional. Besides permanent displays by talented Indian artists, it also hosts temporary exhibits and shows that includes installations, music and auction. Veda aims to make artwork affordable and features paintings that suit all budgets and living rooms.
Apparao Galleries is a fascinating sanctuary of contemporary art. Five spacious rooms are replete with paintings depicting works of famous artists namely Alexis Kersey, Pran Krishna Pal, Sophie Jouannet, Syed Haider Raza, Amrita Sher Gil and a unique sculptor George K. Known for his legendary transgender-related art, George K. has launched the Aravaani series comprising photographs, paintings and sculptures of transgenders. The paintings of other lesser known artists in these rooms are genuinely admirable too. The gallery organizes exhibitions and auctions from time to time, and also supplies art to Taj Hotels in Tamil Nadu, thus enhancing the elegance of every lobby. Call or check their website for more details.
The Vimonisha Gallery is no ordinary art gallery, but a sprawling 300 sq.meter exhibition hall which transforms into one awesome gallery for designer wear. Famous designers hire this hall to display their best work, and of course, have them sold to the city's fashionistas. With an excellent light and sound setup, exhibitions are held here throughout the year. Whether it's traditional wear, casuals or formal wear, the Vimonisha Gallery in Chennai serves every purpose. For more information, call or email.
All art lovers in Chennai must not miss going to The Faraway Tree Gallery. A quaint place and a great platform for Indian contemporary art, this gallery is one of the top art spaces in the city. The gallery showcases the works of reputed artists as well as local talents. You can browse through their Original works and Limited editions too. It is said that there is nothing as pleasant as collecting art work, so if art is what you are passionate about, then this place is your paradise. Visit website for more information on exhibits.
Opened in the year 2004, the Focus Gallery is a superb destination for those who'd like a peek into Chennai's vibrant contemporary art scene. Not just that, you can also buy gold plated gifts, paintings, moldings, picture frames, canvases and crystal Ganeshas. Authenticity and a fair price are an assurance here so stop by for a visit.
Vinnyasa Premier Art Gallery can easily be associated with the top 10 galleries of Chennai. With a wide range of creative paintings, sophisticated sculptures and other fabulous pieces of artwork, this gallery boasts of artists who utilize it rather effectively as a platform to display their creativity before the city's art loving public. The spacious gallery has just the right amount of lighting to give you a clear picture of what this artistic hub has to offer. Call for more details.
Part of the Mutha Venkatasubba Rao Concert Hall, the Athreyaa Art Gallery opened its doors for the first time in July 2008, and was the result of years of effort from Chennai's art enthusiasts. Promoting both western contemporary and traditional art forms, expect to find a myriad of exhibitions and events here. Check website for details.