National Art Gallery
Sector F-7, Islamabad, Pakistan
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National Art Gallery, Islamabad Jul 28, 2010
National Art Gallery in Islamabad Pakistan is a newly established art gallery in the capital city. It is the country’s first national art gallery which was opened to the public on Sunday, August 26, 2007. National Art Gallery Islamabad is built on a small hillock opposite the Majlis-e-Shoora (the Parliament of Pakistan) and the Aiwan-e-Sadr.
Today this National Art Gallery has overcome decades of political turbulence to become an eye-catching symbol of modernity and creativity in a nation more often associated with Islamic conservatism.
About The National Art Gallery of Pakistan:
The idea for the establishment of the gallery, by the Pakistani firm of Naeem Pasha and Suhail Abbasi, was approved almost two decades ago, but successive Pakistani governments had dragged their feet in getting the project completed. A personal intervention by the country’s ex-President General Pervez Musharraf led to the gallery finally reaching completion at its prominent location near the Parliament house and the President’s official residence, at a cost of 450 million Rupees (approx. 5 million Euros).
Almost 423 art pieces are in permanent collection, purchased or gifted by the artists for National Art Gallery. The significant collections of treasures of art are being collected in small rooms being turned into National Art Gallery.
In a nation-wide design contest in 1989, the design of Pasha and Suhail was selected for the construction of the National Art Gallery. Their modernistic brick cube is a model of Miesian purity and functionality.
The gallery, with a covered area of 1800 square yards, has 14 galleries with adjacent display areas, lecture halls, workshop and storage facilities, laboratories and a library. The modernistic brick cube is a model of Miesian purity and functionality. The four-storey gallery has modern facilities, including an auditorium with capacity for 400, a theatre, stage facilities and an open air theatre.
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