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National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi

The National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA) is one of the prime Indian art galleries. On 29th March, 1954, it was established at Jaipur House, near India Gate, in New Delhi. It is governed as a secondary office to the Department of Culture, by Indian Government.

In India, NGMA is the leading institution of its kind. It has two area offices one is in Mumbai and the other is in Bangalore. The gallery showcases the culture of country and also represents the varying art forms (Plastic and visual) of the last 150 years.

History of National Gallery of Modern Art

National Gallery of Modern Art building was an earlier palace of Jaipur’s Maharaja so it is called as Jaipur House. The need of the National Gallery was realized for the first time in 1949 after an Art Conference held in Calcutta. In 1954, NGMA was officially introduced by Dr S. Radhakrishnan, the then Vice-president, in the presence of Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of India. Hermann Goetz a renowned German artist became NGHA’s prime guardian who added latest facilities like an Art reference Library, a Documentation Centre and Art restoration services. It contains around 4,000 sculptures, paintings and graphics of modern artists.

A new building for the National Gallery of Modern Art was established in 2009 which added nearly 6 times the space to the present gallery. Additionally, it has a preview theatre, library, a fresh auditorium, preservation laboratory as well as a museum shop and cafeteria.


It contains a unique collection of over fourteen thousand works which involve artists like Nandalal Bose, Jamini Roy, Rabindranath Tagore, Raja Ravi Verma, Gaganendranath Tagore, Amrita Sher-Gil Thomas Daniell and many overseas artists.


National Gallery of Modern Art’s major responsibility is to assure quality and maintain a standard of superiority that encompasses its entire doings. Regardless of several contestants modern Indian artists have also attained remarkable progress, particularly in the last twenty years.

How to Reach

By Air

Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport has good flight connectivity to major cities like Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai etc. The distance between National Gallery of Modern Art and IGI Airport is 14.6 Kms. One can take cab or taxi to reach NGMA.

By Rail/Road

The distance of National Gallery of Modern Art from New Delhi Railway Station is 5 Kms and from Nizamuddin railway station is 4 Kms. These railway stations and Inter State Bus Terminus are well connected with other cities.
The nearest metro station to NGMA is Central Secretariat which is on yellow line. Taxi, auto and bus services are available from this metro station to reach National Gallery of Modern Art.


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