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A Delhi tour should not be limited to the usual sightseeing and enjoying local delicacies. The national capital is also a thriving hub of art and culture that can be best experienced through its prominent art galleries. One of the important things to do in Delhi is to visit its famed art galleries. Explore these ten most prominent art galleries in the city that will leave you speechless through their wide array of artwork collections.

  • National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), New Delhi

Inaugurated way back in 1954 by the first Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, the NGMA New Delhi has remained a favourite of all art lovers ever since. It’s one of the world’s largest modern art museums with an exhaustive collection of over seventeen hundred artworks of prominent artists like Raja Ravi Verma, Amrita Sher-Gil, Jamini Roy, and many more. 

The sprawling butterfly-shaped gallery building was formerly the palace of the Maharaja of Jaipur. 

  • Lalit Kala Akademi 

Lalit Kala Akademi, or the National Academy of Art, is the Government of India's initiative. Spread over three floors, the gallery in Delhi has an impressive collection of sculptures, graphics, and great paintings.  

Around forty countries participate in the prestigious Triennale-India, an international event organised by the academy every three years since 1958. 

  • Triveni Kala Sangam

The sprawling Triveni Kala Sangam consists of 

  • Shridharani Art Gallery
  • Triveni Gallery 
  • The Sculpture Court
  • Triveni Auditorium
  • Amphitheatre
  • Lecture Room

Both Shridharani Art Gallery and Triveni Gallery are among the prestigious galleries in India that work toward the upliftment and promotion of art and culture. Triveni Gallery is known to provide opportunities to the new and upcoming artists to display their artwork.

  • Dhoomimal Art Gallery

Opened in 1936, Dhoomimal Art Gallery is one of the oldest commercial contemporary art galleries in Delhi. The gallery regularly holds artwork exhibitions of stalwarts like M.F. Hussain, Ravi Jain, J. Swaminathan, Shanti Dave, F N Souza, and many others.

  • Palette Art Gallery

Founded in 2001, Palette Art Gallery is a contemporary art gallery that displays art from diverse disciplines. There is a lot to explore, from traditional and experimental artworks in oils and watercolours to photography, video, or performing arts, in this gallery.

  • Delhi Art Gallery (DAG)

One of the most famous art galleries in Delhi, DAG is the world's largest repository of Indian modern art. Gallery has some of the finest paintings by renowned twentieth-century artists like Jyoti Bhatt, Zarina Hashmi, Haran Das, Ved Nayar and many more.

  • Gallery Espace

The massive three-floor gallery was opened in 1989 with the autobiographical work of MF Hussain. Apart from serving its niche, interdisciplinary fine arts, it focuses on artworks related to current reality and everyday objects.

  • Exhibit 320

Exhibit 320 is one of a kind art gallery in Delhi showcasing contemporary Indian artwork in an experimental art space. The gallery promotes new thoughts and ideas by engaging in creative endeavours and aesthetic explorations.

  • Art Motif Gallery

This charming gallery has a visible inclination towards non-objective and abstract art. You can also find a sizable collection of non-representational art here. Art Motif regularly showcases the work of younger generations of painters and artists.

  • Gallery Art Positive

Apart from housing a wide range of local and international art collections, Gallery Art Positive is known to regularly hold seminal exhibitions and art initiatives of established and young artists. Avid art collectors can shop here for arts and paintings.

Bonus - Visit Nearby Cities

While there are a lot of amazing resorts near Delhi, there are a lot of historical cities nearby that are a must-visit for art connoisseurs or those who love history. For instance, visiting Agra and the 7th wonder of the world - The Taj Mahal, should definitely be on your list. You can consider staying at Ramada Plaza, one of the best resort in Agra. Others on the list can include Jaipur. 

Delhi art galleries will make you proud of India's progress toward art and culture and how they have played a pivotal role in preserving and enriching our nation's heritage. Visit these galleries and nearby cities to soak in northern India's art, culture and rich history. 

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