Nahargarh Fort's Madhavendra Palace in Jaipur, Rajasthan will be transformed into a sculpture park with artworks by leading Indian as well as international artists on display at the heritage property. The project has been initiated by the state government of Rajasthan, India in association with Saath Saath Arts, a non-profit organization. The display will showcase artworks by 14 artists from across the world, selected by the renowned artist and gallery director Peter Nagy.
Nagy says he wants to indulge in his passion for architecture, art, and decor into a marvelous synthesis of the past and the present with this project. “For most of my career as a gallerist and curator, I have been trying to break away from the white-box exhibition space. People travel to Jaipur for contemporary as well as traditional culture, and this initiative will help to promote that further,” Nagy said.
The association is the first-of-its-kind where the state government has collaborated with a range of private individuals and corporate sponsors to introduce a contemporary edge to India’s heritage properties.
The project was started about seven months ago, and an in-depth research of the palace has been carried out to ensure no damage is done to the heritage property during the installation of the sculptures. The exhibition will be open to public from December 10 and will have Karnataka-based sculptor L N Tallur’s Chromatophobia (2012) – a granite sculpture with wooden logs and coins along with Jitish Kallat’s famous sculpture Annexation (2009), among others. A collection of seven sculptures – all in Hydrocal plaster, acrylic paint skins by American artist Arlene Schechet and a popular piece of art created by French-born American artist Arman, Fried Chicken (1984) will also be displayed.
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