There are currently two private collections of art on public display, the Jehangir Nicholson Art Foundation in the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (formerly the Prince of Wales Museum) in Kala Ghoda, and the Piramal Museum of Art in Lower Parel. Though given the number of collectors in the city, there’s bound to be enough art to fuel several museums. For more on things to do in Mumbai, visit BookMyShow.
Jehangir Nicholson Art Foundation
In 2011, the Jehangir Nicholson Art Foundation (pictured above) opened a gallery in the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (CSMVS). The Foundation has a collection of around 800 paintings, sculptures and photographs that belonged to the city-based businessman, collector and amateur photographer Jehangir Nicholson.
Starting with a show on works by Bombay artists in 2011, JNAF has had several exhibitions on themes such as women artists and Gandhi as well as shows focusing on some of the great Indian painters like Laxman Shreshtha and Jehangir Sabavala. The Foundation routinely has talks on art and related subjects. If you drop in before August 19, you will find Rekha Rodwittiya’s work ‘Songs from the Blood of the Weary (Dialogues of Peace)’.
Where: Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, MG Road, Kala Ghoda, Fort. Open daily, from 10.15am to 6pm.
Piramal Museum of Art
In November 2015, the family that runs the Piramal group opened a 7,000 square foot museum in its office in Lower Parel to display its substantial body of art. The collection is mined around every three months for shows. For instance, it opened with a show of 40 paintings and sculptures that served as a quick tour of Indian art, from Mughal miniatures to Calcutta school artists such as Nandalal Bose and Abanindranath Tagore to the Bombay Progressives like FN Souza and MF Husain.
Currently the museum is showing ‘SH Raza: Traversing Terrains’, the most significant exhibition of Raza’s art after his death in 2016. The show is on until October 28.
Where: Piramal Tower, B Wing, Ground Floor, Peninsula Corporate Park, off Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel. Open Monday to Friday, from 3pm to 9pm, and Saturday and Sunday, from 10am to 8pm.