World-Class Art Space A Welcome Addition To Goa’s Creative Scene
With great excitement, an open heart, and a true love for Goa, I want to announce the launch of a new contemporary cultural space, the Museum of Goa (MOG), on 6 November 2015.
This project is driven by my own personal engagement with the arts and culture. Art is not just my profession, but the very breath of my life. My life is inseparable from the creative quests that have nurtured me for the last three decades. Creativity is an essentially private activity, yet no artist speaks to himself alone. He needs an audience. He cannot sing in the desert.
I have also long felt the need to go beyond my personal artistic adventures and work towards creating a vibrant art scene in Goa. Unfortunately, a major part of our population is completely excluded from the opportunity to enjoy contemporary art. There is an urgent need to break cultural barriers and take contemporary arts to the common people, ideally in their own language. I have decided to make a significant contribution to meeting this need by creating the ‘Museum of Goa’ (MOG).
This unique and inclusive space for the Arts, will bring together artists, curators, collectors, art enthusiasts, educators, students and audiences from all walks of life. It will not only be a space for exhibitions, but will also organize workshops, residencies, lectures, talks and art courses.
MOG will embrace a universal perspective and provide a platform to Indian contemporary artists to showcase their work and will also connect them with local and international milieus.
MOG is envisioned less as a repository of objects and more as a laboratory of ideas, where art forms – paintings, sculptures, photography, music, theatre, design, video art, films, installations and many others are in constant dialogue with each other.
I believe that contemporary art is the universal language of the world today. Goa can be a part of the global conversation. However, in spite of being a prime tourist destination, Goa lacks contemporary art spaces. MOG will showcase the best in contemporary art and put Goa on the international art map.
MOG offers 1,500 square meters of space to display art and is centrally located in Pilerne Industrial Estate, not too far from Calangute. The building, a three storey structure designed by the well-known architect Dean D’Cruz, stands between industries on one side and the forest on the other. It will house galleries, an Art Store, a café, an auditorium and studios for artists.
MOG’s first exhibition will present the works of 20 artists: sculptures, drawings, paintings, installations, videos and documentaries that explore the multiple strands of Goa’s history. It aims to stir up these histories, to dig into the recesses of historical archives and collective memories, celebrating the connectedness of the different cultures that have made Goa what it is today. In addition to being an artistic exercise, this maiden exhibition will also be a unique pedagogical experiment of narrating the vicissitudes of history in a contemporary idiom.
In Konkani, the word MOG means ‘love’. It is in this spirit that we invite you to join us.
Museum of Goa
Plot No. 79, Pilerne Industrial Estate,
Pilerne, Bardez, Goa – 403511.