11th December 2017
Government of Rajasthan collaborates with Saat Saath Arts to launch India’s first sculpture park with contemporary artworks at Madhavendra Palace, Jaipur

The Sculpture Park at Madhavendra Palace, Nahargarh Fort, Jaipur was formally launched by the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Rajasthan, Vasundhara Raje on Sunday 10 December 2017.

The initiative has turned the palace into an art gallery with sculptures by top Indian and international artists displayed both in and outdoors. The exhibition is curated by Peter Nagy, Director of Nature Morte Art Ltd. and is planned to be an annual fixture.

For 2017, artworks by 15 Indian and 9 international artists have currently been selected to be exhibited at the Palace, including: Arman, Huma Bhabha, James Brown, Stephen Cox, Anita Dube, Vibha Galhotra, Vikram Goyal, Subodh Gupta, Evan Holloway, Matthew Day Jackson,  Hans Josephsohn, Jitish Kallat,  Reena Kallat, Bharti Kher, Mrinalini Mukherjee, Manish Nai, Gyan Panchal, Prashant Pandey, Benitha Perciyal, Ravinder Reddy, Arlene Shechet, L.N. Tallur, Thukral & Tagra and Asim Waqif. All artworks for the exhibitions will be sensitively installed to ensure no damage is done to the Palace.

This partnership is a first of its kind where the Government has collaborated with a range of corporate sponsors and private individuals to bring a contemporary edge to India’s heritage properties, with the purpose of boosting national and international cultural tourism and visitors to the site.

Eminent individuals from leading corporations supporting the project include Shreyasi Goenka, Content Editor DNA & Co-Director, Saat Saath Arts; Shreevar Kheruka CEO, Borosil Glass Works Ltd; Siddharth Jain, Owner and Director, INOX Group; Pirojsha Godrej, Executive Chairman, Godrej Properties Ltd.; Ajay Kalsi, APTARA; Vishal Mehta, Managing Director, Rosy Blue, Dr. Swati Piramal, Vice Chairperson, Piramal Enterprises Ltd., Sangita Jindal, Chairperson, JSW Foundation; Tarini Jindal, Director, JSW Foundation and Mayank Singhal, MD & CEO, PI Industries.

The following organisations have come on board as partners for the project: AMITY (Education), Conde Nast (Lifestyle Media), Famous Studio (Technology), Google Arts & Culture Lab (Technology), Grant Thornton (Accounting & Compliance), IFFCO Tokio (Insurance), Khaitan & Co. (Legal), Navsoft (Technology), Percept (Events) and Star Worldwide (Logistics).

Many renowned international galleries have also come forward to support this initiative by lending artworks, including Hauser & Wirth, London; Salon 94, New York; Xavier Hufkens, Brussels; Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York; and Livingstone Gallery, The Hague.


Image Credit: Aparajita Jain, Founder and Director of Saat Saath Arts, The hon’ble Chief Minister of Rajasthan, Vasundhara Raje and Peter Nagy, curator of The Sculpture Park in front of Prashant Pandey’s artwork, Peace, 2015