Thursday, April 18, 2013

Herwitz Collection at PEM

The Chester and Davida Herwitz Collection of modern Indian art comprises 1,200 works by more than 70 of India's leading artists of the second half of the 20th century, including Nalini Malani, M. F. Husain  Ganesh Pyne, Manjit Bawa, Tyeb Mehta, Jogen Chowdhury, K. Laxma Goud,  Nasreen Mohamedi, Bhupen Khakhar, Gieve Patel, Sudhir Patwardhan, Gulammohammed Sheikh, Arpita Singh, and S. H. Raza.
  • This groundbreaking collection also includes a major international art library and an archive of letters, papers, and other documents. In 2003, the Peabody Essex Museum opened the Chester and Davida Herwitz Gallery of Contemporary Indian Art, the first gallery dedicated to India's modern and contemporary art by an American museum and featuring changing installations from the collection.
  • The Peabody Essex Museum presents art and culture from New England and around the world. The museum's collections are among the finest of their kind, showcasing an unrivaled spectrum of American art and architecture (including four National Historic Landmark buildings) and outstanding Asian, Asian Export, Native American, African, Oceanic, Maritime and Photography collections.
  • The Herwitz Gallery, named in honor of pioneering collectors Chester and Davida Herwitz, is the first American museum gallery dedicated to the modern and contemporary Indian art. Sculpture, textiles, ceramics and metalwork, brought back from India and southeast Asia to Salem by prominent merchants and global entrepreneurs, formed the basis of the PEM collection in 1799.
  • This is the nation's foremost collection of important Tibetan and Nepalese works and 19th- and 20th-century Bhutanese textile arts. PEM has one of the leading collections of Indian art from the 18th century to the present - including the most important collection of contemporary Indian art outside of India.
  • In addition to its vast collections, the museum offers a vibrant schedule of changing exhibitions and a hands‐on education center.
An ongoing exhibition of modern Indian art at the museum has been supported by the Chester and Davida Herwitz Charitable Trust, the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation, Marguerite and Kent Srikanth Charugundla, Dr. Mahesh and Smita Patel, and Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi, among others.

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