The recipient of Padma Bhushan in 2016 and Padma Shri in 1999, the eminent sculptor of the Statue of Unity, Ram v. Sutar needs no introduction. In his 60-year career span, he has built more than 50 sculptures, the statue of Mahatma Gandhi inside the Parliament being the one. Being an artist himself, he knows the values and ethos of various art cultures. Recently he is been witnessed ingurating the Moolagundam Art Gallery in Hyderabad which is an alluring art gallery spread across 5500 sqft. This art gallery can be definitely considered as one of the premier center-piece of attraction amidst, the city of Hyderabad.
The Moolagundam Art Gallery not only have a varsity collection of paintings, sculptures, art literature but is also a house of an exquisite corner- Deepshikha, the library space, where you can find the rarest and huge collection of books. The ambiance of the library here is one of the best for the art enthusiasts and the artists for captivating themselves with history and contemporary arts. The books that you can find over here range from the reminiscent of times to some of the rare titles passes down over generations.
Moolagundam Art Gallery houses exclusive collections of art and literature works of individual artists like Abdur Rahman Chughtai, Amrita Shergill, S.H. Raza, V.S. Gaitonde, K.H.Ara, M.F. Hussain, Bikash Bhattacharya, Ganesh Payne, Chittaprosad, K.G. Subramanyan, Rabin Mondal, etc.
Amrita Sher-Gil (1913 – 1941) – She was a celebrated painter who completed her studies in art at the School of Santa Annaciata in Florence, Italy and later at the Academie de la Grande Chaummiere, Paris. She also went on to study at the Ecole Nationale Des Beaux-Arts. Amrita Shergill one of the most influential painters is believed to have emerged in the history of contemporary Indian art. She is often denoted as India’s Frida Kahlo and generally, her work of paintings depicts Indo-Western exotic earthy appeal. After all that she did with her paintings, it is aught to be one of the most expensive pieces to grace anyone’s collection.
Indian Art is believed to be constantly celebrating life and to give this a momentum Moolagundam Art Gallery is all set to organize its first ever exhibition “Hallucinations”. Artworks in this exhibition would celebrate the daunting creativity of each of the artists associated. Its vision is to take its viewer on a journey full of illusions yet real. These artworks weave together celebrates the rich cultural diversity which is going in flow with the changing horizons, societal concerns, outlooks, and sensibilities. It can be simply termed as a voyage of experience for the viewers.
The key which binds all these aspects together or the brain behind the Moolagundam Art Gallery is Krishna Moolagundam. His sheer and dint passion creative pursuits led the foundation of this art gallery. The fine legacy of collecting the countless rare and valuable piece of art has been passed down to Krishna Moolagundam from his ancestors. As when he started traveling more and more his interest in art grew further. He then started meeting the various artist in person to have more knowledge about the varying Indian Art Forms and Art Movements.