The Government of Rajasthan in collaboration with Saat Saath Arts recently announced the launch of The Sculpture Park at Madhavendra Palace, Nahargarh Fort, Jaipur on December 10, 2017. In an effort to turn the palace into an art gallery, sculptures by top Indian and international artists will be displayed at the palace. The exhibition is curated by Peter Nagy, Director of Nature Morte Art Ltd will be an annual event at Nahargarh Fort.
This year, artworks by 15 Indian and 9 international artists will be exhibited at the palace. Some of the artists include Subodh Gupta, Jitish Kallat, Thukral & Tagra. This partnership is a first of its kind where the Government has collaborated with a range of corporate sponsors and private individuals to bring a contemporary edge to India’s heritage properties, with the purpose of boosting national and international cultural tourism. Many renowned international galleries have also come forward to support this initiative by lending their artworks including Hauser & Wirth, London, Salon 94, New York, Xavier Hufkens, Brussels, Sikkema Jenkins & Co, New York, Livingstone Gallery, The Hague.
“Our initiative aims to promote India's growing interest in contemporary art and culture whilst also embracing its important heritage. The Sculpture Park at Madhavendra Palace is a true amalgamation of the best of India's past and present, made possible through a unique collaboration between the public and private sector. Saat Saath's endeavour has always been to showcase India's prowess in contemporary art, and to that end, we are thrilled to be able to bring this initiative to the public.” says Aparajita Jain, Founder & Director, Saat Saath Arts.
Rajasthan has always maintained a reputation as a destination for arts and culture. It is especially rich in architecture and is home to some of the oldest and most famous forts and palaces. The state’s cultural tourism has had a great impact after adopting the contemporary culture and launching a series of cultural events like the renowned Jaipur Literature Festival and an international photography festival Jaipur Photo. The Sculpture Park at Madhavendra Palace, Nahargarh Fort, is a great example of a public-private initiative and will encourage the government to support contemporary art in India.