The Kolkata Museum of Modern Art (KMOMA).

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As the cultural capital of India, Kolkata is defined by its blend of the traditional and the modern. Steeped in a culture that’s both Indian and international, it has been home to global stalwarts like Tagore, Ray, Ravi Shankar and Mother Teresa. In fact, Kolkata was the cradle of India’s modern age. And as for art, it was an atelier of the earliest modernist experiments in India. With a rich legacy such as this and a mindset eager to reach out to the world, Kolkata today is where India’s first-ever international house of modern art is quietly taking shape.

Hpmepage for the KMOMA

“The fine arts and much more will come together in a grand cultural melting pot at KMOMA, says Somak Ghosha in the Telegraph India.
“Imagine a moment sometime around 2014-15. A visitor lands in Dum Dum airport, gets into a car, and heads for the city via Rajarhat. On the way, as the car hits New Town, on the northeastern fringes of Calcutta, the visitor is confronted by perhaps the most spectacular sight in the entire city. Where now stray cattle graze and the eye meets only swathes of emptiness, there stands a majestic city beyond the city, where the fine arts, music, theatre, cinema and dance have come together in a grand cultural melting pot — the Kolkata Museum of Modern Art (KMOMA).
KMOMA, which will be built on a sprawling 10-acre plot in Rajarhat, aspires to be the first of its kind in India. But then, any simple claim of singularity does not do justice to the layers of thinking and innovation that have gone into the concept behind this institution.

Apart from being a unique cultural complex displaying a wide range of art, from the 18th century up to the present, KMOMA aims to fashion itself as an architectural marvel in a city that has never quite lost sleep over the upkeep of heritage sites and buildings. However, in spite of its distinctly avant-garde layout, KMOMA will be much more than a spectacle. Rather, it will try to reconcile seemingly opposing binaries — tradition and modernity, convention and radicalism — and create a synthesis of Western sense and Eastern sensibilities.”
Read on at the Telegraph India.

Future of Museums in India- KMOMA Symposium

Jitish Kallat on the panel of the KMOMA conference in Calcutta discussing the state of the museums in India