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An Artscape In Question

Artists worry about a PPP brushover of a public gallery

An Artscape In Question
Art In Motion | Photo by Kashif Masood
An Artscape In Question
outlookindia.com
2016-04-01T21:08:06+05:30

On a recent Sunday afternoon, when picnickers are enjoying the tranquillity of Bangalore’s traffic-free Cubbon Park, a small group of artists is gathered outside one of the iconic buildings bordering the greenery. They’re cutting up copies of an agreement and shaping them into papercraft—it’s their way of rejecting, and recycling, the government’s private-public partnership (PPP) plan for Venkatappa Art Gallery, Karnataka’s state art gallery. The stir, fronted by well-known artists, has been on for several weeks now but significantly, it’s also got some of Bangalore’s equally well-known names rallying on the opposite side.

Last July, when the Karnataka government unveiled a new tourism policy, it also entered into MoUs (memorandums of understanding) for private companies to adopt several tourism destinations as CSR initiatives, of which  Venkatappa Art Gallery was one. The government signed an agreement with the Tasveer Foundation, run by art collector Abhishek Poddar, giving it an initial five-year term to improve the...

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