On our last day, we started at the India Gate monument, also called the All Indian War Memorial. On either column are the names of soldiers who have lost their lives in World Wars. There is an eternal flame that has been burning since 1971.
After a few picture opps, we divided into two groups: group A shopping and group B museum tour. I bet you can guess which group I was in. My friend Diego’s dad, Ramon, and I adventured across the park to the National Gallery of Modern Art.
On our walk, I asked a group of police officers where the entrance of the museum was. He asked me my name, my country of origin, and pointed me in the direction. I had a weird feeling and what do you know his laughter told the truth. He gave me the wrong directions. We trekked around the block and arrived at the destination. I really wanted to go back and kindly thank the cop for the great directions, but I figure sarcasm would be lost.
The museum was an odd layout of four independent buildings. The collection we viewed was in the back. It was a chronically view of the Indian culture from British colonization in the 17th century through the development of art schools in Calcutta and Mumbai. The finale was a collection of contemporary Indian artist. Ramon speaks a little English and I speak a little Spanish. I did my best at answering art questions and discussing my feelings about works that I found interesting.
Unfortunately, no photographs were allowed in the museum. I was able to locate several images on the museums online virtual gallery.
A) Jamini Roy Bengali Woman (1926-2011) He started studying art at age 16. His goal was to capture the essence of simplicity embodied by the folk people of India. Roy also wanted to make art accessible to everyone and to give Indian art its own identity.
B) Amrita Sher-Gil Self-Portrait (1913-941) Her mother was a Hungarian Jew and her dad was an Indian aristocrat and scholar. She is known India’s Frida Kahlo and is the most expensive woman painter!
C) Biren De April, 1973 (1926-2011) His used strong geometric shapes giving a sense of vibration and meditation.
D) PT Reddy Portrait of Indira Gandhi (1915-1996) She was the Prime Minister of India and assassinated near the end of her term. His use of bold patterns creates a flat depth to the portrait of India’s female icon.
We wrapped the day with frozen yogurt and a little shopping. Looking forward to my return home!