After being stowed away in store rooms for years together, 65 paintings from the historic Bombay school look almost pleased to be out in a well-lit gallery so chilled by the air conditioner that it will make your glasses fog up.
In the past three years, the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, or CSMVS, has hosted exhibitions from Britain and the Netherlands, and displayed artefacts of Egypt and Persia, among other regions. While the shows received praise, it also struck local artists like Dilip Ranade and Suhas Bahulkar as ironical that the museum had not hosted art that had developed within the city. This is set to change with Pravaha: Glimpses of the Art of Bombay School, a showcase of key artworks of the Bombay style from the 1870s to the 1950s.
The show, curated by Ranade, will open with a talk on the subject by Bahulkar. It