DAG or Delhi art gallery, a recent entrant on the Mumbai gallery scene is tucked away in a Kalalghoda bylane, opposite the Jewish synagogue and right at the entrance of the street heading towards Kalaghoda cafe and Trishna.
Their first exhibition is a collection of art from Bengal spanning three floors and about two hundred works..possibly more as I wasn’t counting.
It is not the Bengal school of art which was a particular style of art inspired by the nationalist movement that fused several Indian art styles to create a modern Indian aesthetic
This is the Art of Bengal which includes artists in the show who have a connection with Bengal- mostly by birth but also a sense of pride in their Bengali heritage.
There is no strict thematic curating here. Don’t expect to walk in and see the progressives or the modernists neatly divided or a floor dedicated to the contemporaries or Kalighat .
Expect to see some beautiful and rare works and discover them serendipitously.
Turn a corner and you will see a luminous Abanindranath Tagore. ‘Mother India’ was an iconic painting of its time .
Walk not a room where a tranquil Nandalal Bose shares space with Sunil Das and Rabindranath Tagore.
On other walls you will spot well known names like Ganesh Pyne and Ganesh Haloi.
See a wall of Kalighat style paintings that look amazingly modern or a beautiful portrait of lady by an anonymous artist int he nineteenth century.
A lust worthy coffee table book featuring all the works is available at the gallery.
The exhibition is on until March -do see it if you are in town .