The ambitious project involves a meticulous understanding of the extensive collection, breathing new life into the museum, which has served as a custodian of Karnataka's rich archaeological and historic legacy.Dec 27, 2023, 10 48 | Updated: Dec 27, 2023, 16 46
You might call it The Cultural Renaissance. In a significant stride towards preserving and showcasing cultural heritage, the Government Museum, and the Venkatappa Art Gallery, in Bangalore are set to undergo a transformative renovation, with plans to reopen their doors in about a year.
Previously, only a fraction of the extensive collection, approximately 4000 items, found a place in the museum's exhibits. Now, with a revamped layout and a keen focus on efficient space management, the upcoming renovation aims to display around 9000 artefacts spanning 22 diverse categories, including sculptures, coins, arms and armories, manuscripts, copper plates, paintings, miniature paintings, and prehistoric tools.
The ambitious project involves a meticulous understanding of the extensive collection, breathing new life into the museum, which has served as a custodian of Karnataka's rich archaeological and historic legacy. M Kavyashree, the Deputy Director of Museums, expressed the museum's commitment to go beyond being a haven for archaeologists, striving to create an environment that welcomes the general public and visitors from outside Karnataka.
Saikamala R, an architect from Heritage Matters, shed light on the conservation and restoration efforts. The project includes undoing decades-old interventions such as the addition of cement plaster during previous repair works. The restoration aims not only to revive the original structure, including lime plaster, doors, and windows but also to provide an enhanced and visitor-friendly experience.
The scope of the project extends beyond the museum building. Heritage Matters, a key player in the restoration, is simultaneously involved in projects covering Bijapur, the British Presidency in Hyderabad, and Mysore.
The proposed inclusion of the moat, subject to sanction, holds significance as it historically fed into the Sampangi Tank, adding an additional layer to the museum's historical context.
The renovated space is not just a local endeavour. It seeks to showcase art that transcends Karnataka's borders, inviting outsiders to connect with the diverse cultural offerings housed within its walls. With a comprehensive cataloguing effort underway, the collection spans from the Ashoka era to the Vijayanagara period, with a particular emphasis on artefacts related to Karnataka rulers.
The restoration project is testament to the dedication of the teams involved. With a fresh perspective on curation, increased exhibition space, and a commitment to preserving Karnataka's historical legacy, the Government Museum and equally, Venkatappa Art Gallery are poised for a grand comeback, opening their doors to the history and heritage.
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