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A Palace Transformed

The Madhavendra Palace acts as the setting for India’s first contemporary sculpture exhibition.

One of a Kind Setting

The Sculpture Park makes use of an 18th-century fortress to provide context to several works of art.

Visual Friction

The showcase merges traditional Indian architecture and modern artwork for a new viewing experience.

A Jaipurian Landmark

The exhibition stands apart from traditional gallery showcases due to the palace itself encouraging visitations.

Spaces and Sizes

The palace makes use of rooms for intimate works and the courtyards for larger ones.

Exhibitional Engagement

Visitors are allowed access to all parts of the palace and can take in art while discovering various pieces in a variety of environments.

A 10 Year Run

The Sculpture Park will be hosted in the same location for the next 10 editions.

The Artwork

Some of the pieces on display are works that existed prior to the exhibition while others were created for it.

Community Service

The exhibition aims to be used as a vehicle for community service that benefits the city of Jaipur through art education programmes.

Future Editions

With the location remaining the same for upcoming editions, The Sculpture Park has committed to each cycle being entire different from each other in terms of curation.

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Showcase 05 Oct 2018

The Madhavendra Palace plays host to India’s first contemporary sculpture exhibition, The Sculpture Park

CQ talks to The Sculpture Park, a public non-profit endeavour that aims to introduce art to the public consciousness as well as to breathe new life into heritage spaces. The notion was realised through a partnership with the Saath Saath Arts foundation and The Government of Rajasthan. The Sculpture Park is also the first instance of a collaboration between the state government and private art initiatives.

The Madhavendra Palace in Nahargarh Fort, Jaipur currently plays gallery to India's first contemporary sculpture exhibition. Utilising the traditional Indian architecture in the rooms and courtyards of this 18th-century fortress, the one-of-a-kind showcase consists of both immense and intimate modern works that are carefully curated to engage with their backdrop, creating a sort of aesthetic friction.

A Palace Transformed

The Madhavendra Palace acts as the setting for India’s first contemporary sculpture exhibition.

One of a Kind Setting

The Sculpture Park makes use of an 18th-century fortress to provide context to several works of art.

The Madhavendra Palace seemed like the ideal setting for an art show. With both indoor and outdoor spaces to display works, viewers can take in art while traversing through the palace, discovering various pieces in a variety of environments.

A Park with a Palatial Advantage

The Sculpture Park has thus far been a massive success. The exhibition stands apart from traditional gallery showcases due to the palace itself encouraging visitations simply for being a part of Jaipur’s rich architectural history.

Visual Friction

The showcase merges traditional Indian architecture and modern artwork for a new viewing experience.

When asked about the exhibition’s popularity, Noelle Kadar, director of The Sculpture Park stated, “One of the greatest benefits, besides of course an absolutely stunning location, is that where so many museums and galleries throughout the country are not frequently visited. The Palace itself is a major draw. Visitors come to see an 18th-century palace, and we give them the opportunity to see contemporary art practices as well. During peak season we welcome up to 3000 people a day!” Upon the purchase of a ticket at the entrance of Nahargarh Fort, visitors are allowed access to all parts of the palace.

A Jaipurian Landmark

The exhibition stands apart from traditional gallery showcases due to the palace itself encouraging visitations.

Spaces and Sizes

The palace makes use of rooms for intimate works and the courtyards for larger ones.

“The upcoming edition of The Sculpture Park will see artists creating site-specific installations with the space in mind.”

The 18th-century Gallery

The artwork and the palatial settings were equally influential as to how the exhibition was assembled. In some cases the artwork was chosen specifically to interact with a room or area while in other cases sections were selected for the artwork. Some of the pieces on display are works that existed prior to the exhibition while others were created for it. The upcoming edition of The Sculpture Park will see artists creating site-specific installations with the space in mind. They are not however given any guidelines or themes to follow as that may restrict their creativity.

Exhibitional Engagement

Visitors are allowed access to all parts of the palace and can take in art while discovering various pieces in a variety of environments.

A 10 Year Run

The Sculpture Park will be hosted in the same location for the next 10 editions.

Plans for the Future

When the subject of future locations and editions of the sculpture park or its replicability was brought up, Noelle mentioned that The Sculpture Park is part of a 10-year agreement with the government to use The Madhavendra Palace, and therefore, will be hosted in the same location for the next 10 editions. This way, the exhibition can be used as a vehicle for community service that benefits the city of Jaipur.

The Artwork

Some of the pieces on display are works that existed prior to the exhibition while others were created for it.

Noelle also stated, “It is our ambition to do much more than to simply exhibit art. We exist to serve the community through art education programmes, partnerships with art and design schools in Jaipur and across the country, as well as many other initiatives!” While the location may remain the same, every consecutive edition will be elementally different than the last.

Community Service

The exhibition aims to be used as a vehicle for community service that benefits the city of Jaipur through art education programmes.

Future Editions

With the location remaining the same for upcoming editions, The Sculpture Park has committed to each cycle being entire different from each other in terms of curation.

Curated by Peter Nagy of Nature Morte fame, this introductory round of The Sculpture Park includes works from artists such as Asim Waqif, Stephen Cox, Anita Dube, Hans Josephsohn, LN Tallur, Mrinalini Mukherjee and more. The exhibition concludes on the 31 October 2018 with its second edition opening on the 9 December 2018.{{image-11}}

For more information on The Sculpture Park, you can visit their website.