The government of Karnataka in the south-west of India has approved the allocation of 250 million rupees (about $4 million) to create an art gallery to display the works of Russian painter Svetoslav Roerich (1904-1993) at the Roerich Manor in Tataguni near Bangalore. This decision was made public on Friday by T.B. Jayachandra, the state’s Minister of Justice.
According to him, “when creating this modern gallery, they will use the experience the Netherlands gained in building the Vincent Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam”. “The complex will also include a residential area for artists visiting Tataguni,” the Deccan Herald Newspaper quoted the minister. “In addition to the permanent exhibition of Svetoslav Roerich’s paintings, there will also be halls for exhibiting the works of contemporary artists.”
Svetoslav Roerich and his wife, the well-known South Indian actress Devika Rani, purchased Tataguni Manor in 1948 and spent the last years of their lives there. There are 245 paintings by the artist now located on the estate, whose territory includes two lakes and an extensive plantation of rare aromatic trees, from which are extracted valuable raw materials used in the perfume industry.
First published by TASS.
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