At every turn in the city of Kochi, the grandeur and splendour of Kerala’s rich heritage comes to play. But to witness its full cultural impact, one needs to head to Kerala Museum. Situated on the National Highway; it is a prominent landmark of the city of Cochin. As it is located a little distance from the crowded urban centre of Ernakulum is the quiet ethnic building hidden in the shades of huge trees. A statue of Parasurama, the sage who is said to have created Kerala, greets the visitor. This is a monument to the history of Kerala and homage to its makers.
Under the aegis of The Madhavan Nayar Foundation established in 1984, grew several sub-establishments of the Kerala Museum – the Museum of Kerala History and the Gallery of Contemporary Art which remain the core of the Foundation; the Visual Arts Gallery, the Gallery of Miniature Art and the Dolls Museum. It showcases historic episodes from the Neolithic to the modern era through life size figures.
The façade of the museum is imposing and grand, the gardens are well manicured and the wide display of art and artefacts are eclectic and pay homage to the state’s visual history.
Spread over three floors, the art gallery in the museum has a collection of over 200 Indian masterpieces. Works by virtuosos such as Raja Ravi Varma, MF Hussain, Francis Souza, Jamini Roy and KrishenKhanna adorn the walls and give an indication of India in all its artistic glory.
The Art Exhibition Space here has a collection of the authentic reproduction of select world masters and larger than life mural reproductions of Indian art. There is also a gallery for paintings and sculptures, displaying over 200 original works by contemporary Indian artists.
Director/Curator: Sushma K Bahl, Art Advisor
Contact: +91-484-2541768, +91-8129051880