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Arts & Museums
Vinnyasa Premier Art Gallery can easily be associated with the top 10 galleries of Chennai. With a wide range of creative paintings, sophisticated sculptures and other fabulous pieces of artwork, this gallery boasts of artists who utilize it rather effectively as a platform to display their creativity before the city's art loving public. The spacious gallery has just the right amount of lighting to give you a clear picture of what this artistic hub has to offer. Call for more details.
Opened in the year 2004, the Focus Gallery is a superb destination for those who'd like a peek into Chennai's vibrant contemporary art scene. Not just that, you can also buy gold plated gifts, paintings, moldings, picture frames, canvases and crystal Ganeshas. Authenticity and a fair price are an assurance here so stop by for a visit.
With a fine waterfront location just opposite the sandy Marina Beach, the Vivekananda Museum plays a vital role in the cultural climate of Chennai. It had the distinguished privilege of hosting a rich discourse by India's greatest ascetic and reformer, Swami Vivekananda. The state government has rightly converted this former warehouse into an invaluable treasure-trove of rare manuscripts and articles related to Vivekananda. One can see numerous scripts that throw light on ancient India's abundant spiritual tradition.
Opened in 2001 and effectively managed by the winsome Chitra Ragulan, the popular Studio Palazzo has defined the contemporary arts scene in Chennai by allowing artists to realize their full potential. Upcoming local artists have found a haven at this gallery which also has exhibited works by artists from as far as Sweden, Iran and France. Check website for a list of represented artists and upcoming exhibitions.
Established in 2005 inside the 80 year old beautiful heritage house Sri Parvati, Gallery Sri Parvati's spacious interiors are a serene and welcome break for art lovers in Chennai. Known to patronize upcoming contemporary artists, the exhibitions hosted here are rather interesting and off-beat. The fully air-conditioned gallery can also be rented out for small-scale events. Contact for details.
The vibrant Hues Art Gallery was born in Chennai out of a need to vitalize the contemporary arts scene in the city, and to provide a space for emerging artists to have their work exhibited. The established greats like K.M.Adimoolam and A.P.Santhanaraj have also been represented here. Call for details on upcoming exhibitions, and step into Hues to immerse in a world of bold strokes, shadows and colors.
The Ayya Art Gallery is one of the finest galleries one will find in the port city of Chennai. To not put labels on art and to promote it for what it is, is the theme they follow at this gallery. Thus, there is not a particular genre one will find at this gallery, which is a great thing for you get to see art in all it's wondrous forms. For all art lovers, a trip to the Ayya Art Gallery is a must, for it will truly give you an insight as to what Indian modern and ancient art is all about. For further details, do visit their website.
Gallery Sumukha is undoubtedly a shrine of contemporary art in Chennai. This is a spacious gallery, where brilliant works by talented and thoughtful artists are put on display. Thoughtful because every fragment of art is painstakingly carved and and sculpted, bringing out the tiniest details and their aesthetic significance. Some names from the Indian art and sculpture arena include Arunanshu Chowdhury, Rajeswara Rao, Siju Thomas and V.G. Venugopal who exhibit their works here every year. On Sundays, entry is only by appointment.
Gallery Veda is the brainchild of Preeti Garg. It is located in a traditional bungalow though the setting of the gallery is anything but conventional. Besides permanent displays by talented Indian artists, it also hosts temporary exhibits and shows that includes installations, music and auction. Veda aims to make artwork affordable and features paintings that suit all budgets and living rooms.
All art lovers in Chennai must not miss going to The Faraway Tree Gallery. A quaint place and a great platform for Indian contemporary art, this gallery is one of the top art spaces in the city. The gallery showcases the works of reputed artists as well as local talents. You can browse through their Original works and Limited editions too. It is said that there is nothing as pleasant as collecting art work, so if art is what you are passionate about, then this place is your paradise. Visit website for more information on exhibits.
The Vimonisha Gallery is no ordinary art gallery, but a sprawling 300 sq.meter exhibition hall which transforms into one awesome gallery for designer wear. Famous designers hire this hall to display their best work, and of course, have them sold to the city's fashionistas. With an excellent light and sound setup, exhibitions are held here throughout the year. Whether it's traditional wear, casuals or formal wear, the Vimonisha Gallery in Chennai serves every purpose. For more information, call or email.
Apparao Galleries is a fascinating sanctuary of contemporary art. Five spacious rooms are replete with paintings depicting works of famous artists namely Alexis Kersey, Pran Krishna Pal, Sophie Jouannet, Syed Haider Raza, Amrita Sher Gil and a unique sculptor George K. Known for his legendary transgender-related art, George K. has launched the Aravaani series comprising photographs, paintings and sculptures of transgenders. The paintings of other lesser known artists in these rooms are genuinely admirable too. The gallery organizes exhibitions and auctions from time to time, and also supplies art to Taj Hotels in Tamil Nadu, thus enhancing the elegance of every lobby. Call or check their website for more details.