Art Galleries in Bangalore

By Seher Dareen
Posted on :
6 September 2016
Posted on :
6 September 2016

Art is more than just pictures drawn on a flat surface for most people. It is often an expression of one’s desires, wants, hopes and dreams. Bangalore being the hub of diversity plays host to some spectacular galleries displaying people’s art. Here are 10 popular Art Galleries in Bangalore for your viewing pleasure.

1. Galleryske

Series A from Intertwined Plasticity by Sunil Padwal, Picture Credits: Galleryske Facebook Page

Sunitha Kumar Emmart founded GALLERYSKE in Bangalore in 2003. This cozy art-home is hidden in the roads of Langford Town. Initially placed on St. Mark’s Road, they restored a decaying house on Berlie Street to make it into the new gallery we see today. Art of all sorts has been displayed here, ranging from sculptures to Polaroid photos to oil paintings. The gallery’s artists have brought critical acclaim to it by displaying their art all over the world.  It also runs an art-cum-residency program called T.A.J Residency and SKE Projects with artist Tara Kelton.

The gallery opened its second space in Connaught Place, New Delhi, in 2013.

Location:  Galleryske, 2 Berlie Street, Langford Town, Bangalore 560 025 

2. 1, Shanti Road

Hannah Raisin and Will Heathcote’s work at the gallery. Picture Credits: Seher Dareen

Founded by Suresh Jayram,1 Shanthi Road is a not-for-profit art gallery-cum-residential space for artists allowing them to display their art with minimum costs. It hosts various exhibitions, talks, installations, alternative art etc. The space provided by the gallery allows for better involvement with the environment. Artists from all over the world come here to reside and create. 

Location: 1 Shanthi Road Gallery/Studio 1,Shanthiroad, Shanthi Nagar, Bangalore 560027

3.  Rangoli Metro Art Center

Photo Credits: Rangoli Metro Art Centre Facebook Page

BMRCL (Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited) created the Rangoli Metro Art Center after the completion of the Metro Line on M.G. Road. Along with a play area for kids, pavement walkways and sitting areas decorated with greenery and an auditorium, it also has three art galleries: Vismaya, Chaya, Belaku (meaning Magical, Shadow and Light respectively); where exhibitions are held very frequently. 

Location:  MG Road Boulevard, Beside MG Road Metro Station, Near Anil Kumble Circle, MG Road, Bangalore

4. gallery g

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Gallery g Opened by Gita Maini in February 2003 in Bangalore, for the connoisseur and collector, perhaps one of South India's most progressive sources with paintings by the masters and the rising stars

Location: 38, Lavelle Road, 7th Cross, Maini Sadan, Bengalore 560001.

5. National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA)

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National Gallery of Modern Art was built on Manickyavelu Mansion on Palace Cross Road, which was a 3.5 acre plot with a colonial mansion. It was inaugurated in 2009. It showcases modern Indian art and holds paintings by Jamini Roy, Amrita Sher-Gil, Rabindranath Tagore and a large number of Modern and Contemporary artists. It currently currently houses around 500 exhibits, which are over two floors. They are classified into broad categories - according to different time periods, art schools and artists. Various other talks and art-related events are hosted by the NGMA all year-round. 

Location:  49, Palace Road, Manikyavelu Mansion, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560052

6.  Sublime Galleria

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Launched in November 4th, 2011, Sublime is a work of art itself; it is an art gallery suspended between the two towers at UB City. UB City being the place for luxury, art and fashion, it can be understood that the work displayed here would not disappoint either. It has also played host to Art Bengaluru, South India’s largest art exhibition a number of times. 

Location: Sublime Galleria,UB City, #801. 8th Floor, Vittal Mallya Road, Bangalore 560001.

7. Tasveer

A photo from the recent photo exhibition titled “The African Portraits” at Tasveer.

Photo Credits: Tasveer Facebook Page 

Tasveer was established in 2006 by Abhishek Poddar, Shalini Gupta and Naveen Kishore, it is the first Indian gallery solely dealing with photography. The exhibitions held in the gallery are showcased around the country- including Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai and Ahmedabad. It also hosts events, lectures, outreach activities, publications, and also have an online bookstore.

Location: 26/1,  Sua House,26/1 Kasturba Cross Road, Bangalore 560001.

8. Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath

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Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath has 13 museums and 5 art galleries with a variety of interesting and rare collections. It aims to promote and preserve Indian art, culture and heritage. It is also an art school, and holds an art fest called “Chitre Santhe” annually.

Location: No.1, Art Complex, 560001, Kumara Krupa Rd, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560006

9. Renaissance Gallerie

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At Renaissance Gallerie, young artists get promoted easily. It has varied types of displays, most of which is contemporary art. 

Location104, Westminister Complex, Plot No.13, Cunningham Road, Off Millers Tank Bund Rd, Bangalore- 560052.

10.  Mahua Art Gallery

Photo Credits: Mahua Art Gallery

Meenu Jaipuria founded Mahua in 2002. It showcases remarkable contemporary Indian artists and encourages young talent. The work displays a diversity of themes and concerns, styles, techniques, and influences. It also hosts national-level exhibitions to give its artist a bigger reach.

Location344/8, 4th Main Rd, Sadashiva Nagar, Armane Nagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560080

Featured Image Courtesy: The Hindu
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Seher Dareen
When Seher Dareen is not busy meeting college assignment deadlines and obsessing over TV shows and movies, she roams around the city to find delight in all it's old (and new) nooks and crannies, trying to explore the city the best (and cheapest) way she can.

When Seher Dareen is not busy meeting college assignment deadlines and obsessing over TV shows and movies, she roams around the city to find delight in all it's old (and new) nooks and crannies, trying to explore the city the best (and cheapest) way she can.