Chandigarh museum completes 50 years

Chandigarh museum completes 50 years

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The Government Museum and Art Gallery, Chandigarh, has just completed fifty years and several events have been lined up over a period of one year to mark the silver jubilee of the museum. Activities are planned to suit all age groups. Age-appropriate gallery activity sheets and games are planned for children and families. These activities are aimed at supporting open-ended exploration, imaginative learning and deep engagement. There will be gallery walks by curators, guides and conservators. A special walk on the Secrets of the Chandigarh Museum is also planned. A potter’s wheel will also be there and anyone can work on the wheel and enjoy the fun.

Incidentally, May 18 is the International Museum Day and the Chandigarh Architecture Museum has conceptualised interactive programmes on that day. Apart from a workshop for government school teachers and an audio-visual lecture on Chandigarh, a photography competition, Me and the Museum try to attract people to the museum, look at the collection that brings one closer to the vision, challenges and making of Chandigarh, with some rare documents, letters and photographs.

Government Museum and Art Gallery, Chandigarh, is a premier museum having collections of Gandharan sculptures, Pahari and Rajasthani miniature paintings. It owes its existence to the partition of India in August, 1947. Prior to the partition, the collections of art objects, paintings and sculptures were housed in the Central Museum, Lahore, the then capital of Punjab. After partition, the division of collections took place on April 10, 1948. Sixty percent of objects were retained by Pakistan and forty percent collection fell in the share of India. The museum was inaugurated on 6th May, 1968 by Dr. M. S. Randhawa, the then Chief Commissioner of Chandigarh. The building is designed by Le Corbusier.