Art education on Gayatri Ruia's mind; she wants museum visits with kids

The Phoenix Mills director said that museum visits have always been an important part of her life.

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Gayatri Ruia believes visit to European cities is incomplete without some museum hopping.
Start them young seems to be the mantra that art connoisseur Gayatri Ruia seems to follow, where art education is concerned.

The director of Phoenix Mills is a well known art collector and patron, and museum visits have always been an important part of her life. Speaking with ET Panache, Ruia shared, that visits to European cities are incomplete without some museum hopping. “I think every city I visit, usually in Europe, especially, has museums and I revisit them time and time again,” she said.

In Mumbai, her go-to places are the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (CSMVS) and National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA). And she particularly enjoys visiting the CSMVS with her kids. “In Bombay, I really enjoy going to the NGMA and to the CSMVS, especially with my kids. The CSMVS has some world-class exhibits, things I’ve been seeing since I was a child and it’s always a pleasure to see them again,” Ruia said.


While she never misses out on a chance to see and experience art, contemporary art has been off her radar, at least purchase-wise. “I’ve not been buying too much contemporary art,” she revealed, when asked if there is any particular artist to watch out for.

ET Panache Dialogues: Bose Krishnamachari, GV Sanjay Reddy, Gayatri Ruia Talk Art
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‘Has art become more inaccessible than ever? Has the exorbitant cost of acquiring art limited its appeal to only the uber wealthy?’

In the inaugural edition of ET Panache Dialogues, a series of panel discussions on relevant subjects, six esteemed guests spoke about the state of affairs of the art market. Snapshots from the session:

When: Friday, July 26, 2019
Location courtesy: Wine & Malt Lounge at The Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai

‘Has art become more inaccessible than ever? Has the exorbitant cost of acquiring art limited its appeal to only the uber wealthy?’In the inaugural edition of ET Panache Dialogues, a series of panel ..
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GV Sanjay Reddy (Vice Chairman, GVK), Bhushan Gagrani (Principal Secretary, Government of Maharashtra) and Dr Sabyasachi Mukherjee (director general, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya) caught up with each other over tea and coffee after arriving at the venue for the inaugural edition of ET Panache Dialogues.

GV Sanjay Reddy (Vice Chairman, GVK), Bhushan Gagrani (Principal Secretary, Government of Maharashtra) and Dr Sabyasachi Mukherjee (director general, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya) c..
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Mukherjee and Reddy echoed similar thoughts about art playing an important part in aiding the younger generation’s search for a cultural identity. “The younger generation isn’t able to connect back to their identity as Indians,” Reddy said. “The only way that identity will return is when people start appreciating the wealth of knowledge, history, culture, the social fabric that we’ve had for centuries. Exposure to art is one way to bring it back.”

Mukherjee and Reddy echoed similar thoughts about art playing an important part in aiding the younger generation’s search for a cultural identity. “The younger generation isn’t able to connect back t..
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‘Is art elitist?’ Perhaps. But it needed to become so for new art movements to emerge as a reaction. That was the view that Gagrani presented to his co-panelists. Artist Bose Krishnamachari joined Mukherjee, Gagrani and Reddy as the quartet warmed up for an engaging, hour-long conversation on art.

‘Is art elitist?’ Perhaps. But it needed to become so for new art movements to emerge as a reaction. That was the view that Gagrani presented to his co-panelists. Artist Bose Krishnamachari joined Mu..
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Gagrani made a strong case for augmented reality in increasing accessibility to renowned art. “In the form of augmented reality, people can appreciate the art from their home or wherever they are regardless. That also is a part of art appreciation,” he said.

Gagrani made a strong case for augmented reality in increasing accessibility to renowned art. “In the form of augmented reality, people can appreciate the art from their home or wherever they are reg..
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Saffronart cofounder Minal Vazirani gave the example of the High Line project in New York City as a public space that made cultural attractions, temporary exhibits and performances accessible to the general public. Art did not have to stay confined to museums and galleries, she said.

Saffronart cofounder Minal Vazirani gave the example of the High Line project in New York City as a public space that made cultural attractions, temporary exhibits and performances accessible to the ..
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Public - private partnerships can do wonders for the development of art and culture in India. That was the consensus at the table. In that context, having Reddy (who represents the private sector) as well as Mukherjee (who heads a public institution) and Gagrani (who holds holds a Government position) at the table added 360 degree dimensions to the conversation.

Public - private partnerships can do wonders for the development of art and culture in India. That was the consensus at the table. In that context, having Reddy (who represents the private sector) as..
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Almost everyone is familiar with Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa. But how many have visited the Bihar Museum in Patna to view the 3rd century BCE Didarganj Yakshi sculpture, considered one of the finest examples of Mauryan art? That was a question raised by Mukherjee while pointing out the bias towards Western artists.

Almost everyone is familiar with Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa. But how many have visited the Bihar Museum in Patna to view the 3rd century BCE Didarganj Yakshi sculpture, considered one of the fines..
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Reddy revealed that there were big plans in store for the upcoming airport at Navi Mumbai. T2 (the International terminal in Mumbai) which is lauded for the grand display of India’s art and craft may even be bested in that department.

Reddy revealed that there were big plans in store for the upcoming airport at Navi Mumbai. T2 (the International terminal in Mumbai) which is lauded for the grand display of India’s art and craft may..
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Gayatri Ruia, director, Phoenix Mills, shared the company’s vision of their malls doubling up as spaces for customers to enjoy art. The new age customer wants more from their shopping destination, she said.

Gayatri Ruia, director, Phoenix Mills, shared the company’s vision of their malls doubling up as spaces for customers to enjoy art. The new age customer wants more from their shopping destination, sh..
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