The Lalit Kala Akademi or the National Academy of Art is India’s premier institution for fine arts, run by the Ministry of Culture, GOI. And its regional center in Chennai is not only one of the best institutes for studying and advancement of the discipline, but is also the go-to place for everything related to art in the city. From regular exhibitions to high-level workshops on various forms of traditional and modern art, the Akademi’s campus is a flourishing example of Chennai’s art scene and counts among its patrons some of the best-known artists in the country.
Open from 11AM-7PM
Regional Centre, 4, Greams Road, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India, +91 44 2829 1692
Located along the scenic East Coast Road within city limits, this artists’ commune is single-handedly credited with fostering the Madras Art Movement (1950-80) that gave birth to modernism in Chennai’s art culture. Founded in 1966 by pioneering artist KCS Paniker, the then Principal of the Madras School of Arts, this establishment is not only the largest such commune but also one of the oldest of its kind in the country. Apart from the chance to see an enviable collection of artworks, a visit to this venue lets guests be part of Chennai’s modern art history.
Open from 9.30AM-6.30PM
Focussing on contemporary Indian art, The Faraway Tree Gallery in Chennai boasts one of the best inventories of local art in the region. Artworks by popular artists from South India and all over the country have called this gallery home, as part of numerous exhibitions over the years. Some of the regularly displayed artworks on display include works from Gopinath P, Keiko Mima, Akmal Husain, famous abstract painter KM Adimoolam and more.
Open from 10.30AM-7PM
7, Rutland Gate 6th St, Nungambakkam, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India, +91 44 4232 3243