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After much speculation over the curiously-shaped façade at Bandra’s Reclamation flanking Rangsharda, Mumbai denizens learned the modernist structure was meant to house The Bombay Art Society.
Founded in 1888 under the patronage of wealthy Maharajas, the Bombay Art Society’s purpose was clear: to exhibit art and encourage its public consumption. Many of India’s renowned artists have flourished within this society, including M.F Husain and Rabindranath Tagore.
Previously, the Society was located on the premises of Mumbai’s famous Jehangir Art Gallery in South Bombay, but now they have their own space in Bandra designed by architect Sanjay Puri. This new space boasts an art complex with three state-of-the-art galleries, an amphitheatre, and a library, comprising 10,000 square feet of space dedicated entirely to the arts.
The Society’s inaugural exhibition, Masters of Indian Art, was curated by Ratnadeep Adivrekar. The exhibition showcased rare paintings and sculptures by Indian masters and artists who were born pre-independence.