November 15, 2017


By Anoop Kamath

The Government of Rajasthan in collaboration with Saat Saath Arts has recently announced the launch of The Sculpture Park at Madhavendra Palace, Nahargarh Fort, Jaipur on December 10, 2017.

The Sculpture Park at Madhavendra Palace, Nahargarh Fort, aims to turn the palace into an art gallery with sculptures by top Indian and international artists displayed both in and outdoors. The exhibition is curated by Peter Nagy, Director of Nature Morte Art Ltd, and is planned to be an annual fixture. For 2017, artworks by 15 Indian and six international artists have currently been selected to be exhibited at the Palace, including: Arman, Huma Bhabha, Astha Butail, James Brown, Anita Dube, Vibha Galhotra, Subodh Gupta, Evan Holloway, Jitish Kallat, Reena Kallat, Bharti Kher, Mrinalini Mukherjee, Manish Nai, Gyan Panchal, Prashant Pandey, Benitha Perciyal, Thukral & Tagra, L.N. Tallur, Ravinder Reddy, Asim Waqif and Arlene Shechet (The artist list is still in formation). All artworks for the exhibitions will be sensitively installed to ensure no damage or markings to any surface of the palace.

“For most of my career as a gallerist and curator I have been trying to break away from the white-box exhibition space. With this project, I am able to indulge my passions for art, architecture and decor into a marvellous synthesis of the past and the present,” Said Peter Nagy, Curator, The Sculpture Park at Madhavendra Palace, Nahargarh Fort, during the press conference held at the Bikaner House in Delhi.

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 and visitors to the site. Eminent individuals from leading corporations supporting the project include Shreyasi Goenka (Content Editor DNA & Co-Director, Saat Saath Arts), Nikhil Chaturvedi (Founder & Managing Director, Provogue) Pirojsha Godrej (Executive Chairman, Godrej Properties Ltd.), Shreevar Kheruka (CEO, Borosil Glass Works Ltd), Siddharth Jain (Owner and Director, INOX Group) Ashok Wadhwa (CEO, Ambit Pvt. Ltd.), Mayank Singhal (MD & CEO, PI Industries), and Ajay Kalsi (Founder and Chairman, Indus Gas). Specialists on board include, Grant Thornton as Accounting and Compliance Partner, Khaitan & Co. as Legal Partner, AMITY as Education Partner, IFFCO Tokio as Insurance Partner, Navsoft as Technology Partner, 100 Watts Design as Design Partner and Star Worldwide as Logistics Partner.

Aparajita Jain, Founder & Director, Saat Saath Arts commented that “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.”

Under the leadership of the Chief Minister of Rajasthan, Vasundhara Raje, the state has always maintained a reputation as a destination for arts and culture. Rajasthan 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 contemporary culture and launching a series of cultural events like the renowned Jaipur Literature Festival and an international photography festival Jaipur Photo. In collaboration with eminent professionals from diverse fields, the state also supports various contemporary visual arts, photography and music. The Sculpture Park at Madhavendra Palace, Nahargarh Fort, is a great example for a public-private initiative and will encourage the Government to support contemporary art in India.

“I believe art in its many forms, embraces and connects people from across continents and am therefore delighted that the The Sculpture Park at Nahargarh fort, that stands above the city of Jaipur looking out and beyond, will be the first permanent international art space in Rajasthan drawing people from far flung parts of our State and the Indian sub-continent as well as from across the world, bringing them together to share and celebrate diverse international creative expressions.” says Vasundhara Raje, the Chief Minister of Rajasthan.