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Academy of Fine Arts

Academy of Fine Arts, kolkata
Fact File
» Timing 3 pm to 8 pm (except the Rabindra Gallery; 12.00 noon to 6 pm daily)
» Address - 2, Cathedral Road, Kolkata – 700071

Location
Academy of Fine Arts is located near Victoria Memorial, Kolkata.

About Academy of Fine Arts
Established in 1933 by Lady Ranu Mukherjee, the Academy hosts an impressive collection of miniature paintings, Indian textiles and sculptures. The Academy is a place where the city's culturally conscious intellectuals converge. It's art galleries feature exhibitions by contemporary artists throughout the year. The Rabindra gallery contains personal belongings, manuscripts and paintings by Tagore. The Academy also runs an Artists studio for the benefit of working artists.

Enchanting Attractions
The Academy of Fine Arts is one of the oldest and finest art society in the country. The ground floor houses eight galleries which is the largest gallery space in the India, display objects by artists and groups from all over India as well as abroad. The most enchanting galleries are as...

Rabindra Gallery' opened in 1962 contains original paintings, published and unpublished manuscripts in Bengali and English and personal belongings of Tagore. The Textile Gallery contains several exquisite specimens of hand-woven fabrics like dhakai, baluchari, patola, brocade, benarasi silk and jamewar shawls. The Carpet Gallery is rare, -as we do not think there is as yet in India a gallery exclus -ively for carpets -is from the Late T. L. Martin and other donors. There are authentic Mughal miniatures in the Miniatures Gallery.

The Contemporary Art Galleries boasts painting and sculptures of India from 1900 to till date which has a charming collection of Acharya Abanindranath Tagore and Gaganedra Nath Tagore, who was the first to introduce cubism in India. Abanindranath's popular disciples such as Nandalal Bose, Asit Kumar Haldar, Kshitin Mazum -dar , Samar Gupta and their disciples like Benod Behari Mukherjee, Sarada Ukil, Sudhir Khastagir, Ram Kinkar Beij and others are all represented here.

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