The national carrier Air India (AI) will unleash their first museum displaying art and artefacts in their possession to be located in the Air India’s building in Mumbai on Independence Day this year. According to top officials, a team of seven core members and two other departmental teams are working together to launch the museum displaying art collection from last six decades in the form of paintings and artefacts. Officials said that the chairman and managing director (CMD) of the airline has asked the team to organise a curtain raiser for the museum by first week of August.
The museum will display around two hundred paintings and artefacts initially, adding more from their collection subsequently. The art objects range from ancient to modern, large to small and in various forms such as metal, canvas, textiles, stone sculptures, carved wood etc. All systems are being put in place particularly the storage system with modern amenities like dehumidifiers, security etc. According to sources, this has been done keeping in mind the worth and value of the objects in the collection.
This museum, a pet project of the AI’s CMD Ashwani Lohani, will include ancient paintings of artists such as M.F. Hussain, wooden gates of ancient temples, stone sculptures of 10-12th century, textiles, bronzes.
30/01/17 Neha L.M.Tripathi/The Asian Age