Art of India in London

December 16, 1990|By New York Times News Service

The comprehensive collection of Indian art and artifacts at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London is now displayed in the museum's new Nehru Gallery. The collection comprises 35,000 objects, some dating to 200 B.C.

A representative selection of the collection, drawn from the period 1550 to 1900, is on permanent display and includes paintings, sculpture, textiles and decorative arts. Other work will be changed regularly.

The permanent display focuses first on the establishment of the Mogul dynasty in the 16th century and moves on to show the effect of European colonial rule on Indian art. Indian music will be played and storytelling will take place occasionally in the raised central pavilion.

Also in London, until March 17 the National Portrait Gallery has an exhibition called "The Raj, India and the British 1600-1947." The exhibition examines the relationship between British and Indian society from the founding of the East India Company in 1600 to the withdrawal of the British and partition.

The Victoria and Albert Museum on Cromwell Road in South Kensington is open 10 a.m. to 5:50 p.m. Mondays to Saturdays and 2:30 to 5:50 p.m. Sundays. It is closed Dec. 24-27 and Jan. 1. Admission is about $6.

The National Portrait Gallery, on St. Martin's Place, is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays to Fridays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays. Admission to the Raj exhibition is lTC about $7.

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