Mumbai Art Guide

The art ecosystem of the bustling city of Mumbai is extremely diverse, from UNESCO-awarded sites undertaking restoration processes to experimental art labs that champion a younger generation of artists.

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For architectural gems and historical decorative arts, visit the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, previously known as the Prince of Wales Museum of Western India. Housed in a building completed in 1914, the museum is known for its Indo-Saracenic architectural style that mixes Hindu, Saracenic, and (some) Western architectural elements. The museum is also known for its sculptures, Indian miniature paintings, European paintings, porcelain and ivory from China and Japan within its collection of an estimated 50,000 artefacts.

The oldest museum in Mumbai is the Dr Bhau Daji Lad Mumbai City Museum, formerly known as the Victoria and Albert Museum. Founded in 1855, the museum was opened to the public in 1857. Its collection consists of fine and decorative arts of the 18th through 20th centuries, including rare books, photographs, models, costumes, and, perhaps most significantly, a 17th-century manuscript of famed Arab poet Hatim Tai.

The National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA) remains one of the key cornerstones of contemporary art in India. Previously a public hall, the gallery was established in 1996 as part of a restructuring that made way for five exhibition spaces, a lecture auditorium, a library, and cafeteria. NGMA exhibitions focus on artists of the region such as Amrita Sher-Gil, with a collection that dates back to 1857 and encompasses the visual and plastic arts.

For more experimental art, non-profit organisation Mumbai Art Room is dedicated to the contemporary arts, design, and visual cultural both in India and globally. Highly invested in emerging artists, Mumbai Art Room emphasises both accessibility and innovation in the arts. The gallery features a Curatorial Lab, and its programming is a key asset for young contemporary artists in India. Other galleries of note with a less experimental focus include Jhaveri Contemporary, Akara Art, Chatterjee & Lal, and Jehangir Art Gallery.mumbai

Exhibition view: Black Beyond Sight, Jhaveri Contemporary, Mumbai (10 September–28 November 2020). Courtesy Jhaveri Contemporary. Photo: Mohammed Chiba. 

Current Exhibitions In Mumbai

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Contemporary art exhibition, Amina Ahmed, The Estate Of Anwar Jalal Shemza, Parul Thacker, Black Beyond Sight at Jhaveri Contemporary, Mumbai
10 September–28 November 2020 Amina Ahmed, The Estate Of Anwar Jalal Shemza, Parul Thacker Black Beyond Sight Jhaveri Contemporary, MumbaiMumbai
Contemporary art exhibition, Mrinalini Mukherjee, Bagh at Jhaveri Contemporary, Mumbai
29 February–31 August 2020 Mrinalini Mukherjee Bagh Jhaveri Contemporary, MumbaiMumbai
Contemporary art exhibition, Vinod Balak, Tomorrow's Land at Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, Mumbai
10 January–3 March 2020 Vinod Balak Tomorrow's Land Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, MumbaiMumbai

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Mrinalini Mukherjee: Force(s) of Nature Ocula Report Mrinalini Mukherjee: Force(s) of Nature By Stephanie Bailey, Mumbai

Bagh , which translates to garden, is a fitting title for Jhaveri Contemporary 's current exhibition of works by Mrinalini Mukherjee (29 February–31 July 2020). It was in the garden towns of her youth where Mukherjee developed a deep and enduring relationship with nature that charged her practice. The exhibition marks the first time...

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New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata: Shows to See Ocula Report New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata: Shows to See By Kanika Anand, New Delhi

With India Art Fair set to open amid nationwide protests, Kanika Anand introduces shows in New Delhi, Mumbai, and Kolkata that express shifting socio-political identities, modes of resistance, and explorations of place-making.

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Stephen Mccoubrey Ocula Conversation Stephen Mccoubrey

With an extraordinary collection of paintings, photographs, drawings, sculptures and video by some of the world’s major artists from 1960 onwards, UBS is recognized as having one of the most important corporate collections of contemporary art in the world.  Stephen McCoubrey has been co-curator of that collection since 1999 and is...

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