The TIFR Art Collection was shared with the public at large for the first time. The exhibition was inaugurated by Kumari Selja, Hon'ble Union Minister of
Culture and Housing and Urban poverty alleviation on April 24th 2011. The exhibition was on view till 5th June 2011. Though the TIFR art collection has a well-established reputation among the academic community, the works have rarely been viewed by a wider public and, as such, the exhibition at the NGMA, Mumbai, was a fitting moment to re-introduce the city to this unique collection.
The TIFR collection of Indian art is unique, in that it is the only such collection in the country to be housed in a scientific setting. In the corridors of the Institute, which its founder, Homi Bhabha, envisaged would house "a school of physics comparable to the best anywhere" are displayed the works of many of the most important artists of the second half of the twentieth century. This remarkable synthesis of the arts with science, as part of his holistic view of human creativity, had its origins in the extraordinary sweep of Homi Bhabha's vision.
The collection continued to grow after M.G.K. Menon took over as the Director, and today is as much a defining part of TIFR as its architecture and its gardens.
CONVENOR'S ADDRESS DURING THE INAUGURATION OF THE TIFR ART EXHIBITION AT NGMA
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