From open air installations to traditional gallery displays, Bangalore is at the forefront of the dynamic art scene in India. Enthusiasts looking for contemporary art have plenty to indulge their creative senses in India’s Silicon Valley. We have shortlisted the 10 best art galleries in Bangalore you must visit.
Venkatappa Art Gallery
To pay tribute to K. Venkatappa, one of the most well-known and highly regarded artists in India, the Karnataka government founded an art gallery that showcases his sculptures and paintings. Founded in the 1960s, the art space exhibits contemporary art work by several other prolific artists too. Situated in the Cubbon Park area, the gorgeous red building looks picturesque with a lotus pond in the front yard.
National Gallery of Modern Art, Bangalore
A mansion believed to have been built in 1915 was turned into the National Gallery of Modern Art in Bangalore by the Department of Culture in India. The gallery has works by some of the most famous artists in India, like Amrita Sher-Gill and Jamini Roy. Within the 3.5 acres area there are green lawns and open art displays, making this one of the most beautiful art galleries in India.
Indian Institute of Cartoonists
In an attempt to revive cartoon art in India, the Indian Institute of Cartoonists in Bangalore opened a gallery to celebrate some of the best but unknown cartoonists India has. Their gallery also displays contemporary art work in cartoons by young witty minds.
Proud to be a member of the Indian Institute of Cartoonists, that completed its tenth anniversary this year. My comic on Trump and climate change is a part of a display of political cartoons from around the world, held to commemorate the occasion, curated by Chairman VG Narendra. #cartoons #greenhumour #bangalore
Karntaka Chitrakala Parishath
Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath is the grandfather of art galleries in Bangalore and one of the best educational institutions for emerging artists. The art complex was founded in the 1960s as a space for art display, museums and art education. There are 13 museum galleries inside the campus with permanent modern, contemporary and folk art. Temporary exhibitions are usually hosted in the five others galleries inside the complex.
Crimson Art Gallery
Crimson Art Gallery in Bangalore focuses on abstract art, landscape paintings as well as post-modern and ethnic art. The art space also has paintings for sale for interested buyers. Apart from their transient art exhibits, Crimson’s permanent art collection boasts of modern artworks by M.F. Husain and portraitures by Vijay Achrekar among many others.
Gallery SKE is one of the latest arrivals among art galleries in Bangalore. Founded in 2003 the gallery not only exhibits contemporary art but also hosts outreach programmes for children and interactive sessions with artists.
Gallery Sumukha champions contemporary art in India. The art gallery displays works by renowned Indian artists like Paresh Maity and Bose Krishnamachari along with works by young artists. The carefully curated paintings and art installations are a treat for the eyes.
Mahua – The Art Gallery
Mahua -The Art Gallery is one of the best places in Bangalore to view works by young and upcoming artists in India. The art gallery was founded by Meena Jaipuria who belongs to a family of art collectors. Coinciding with her interest in contemporary art, the gallery also exhibits some of the most prolific Indian contemporary artists.
Genesis is an infant establishment in Bangalore. Founded in 2011 the art gallery exhibits work by renowned and seasoned artists as well as young and upcoming ones. They hold workshops and talks for art enthusiasts too.