Jaipur, 27 September: On the occasion of the World Tourism Day, a new exhibition gallery at the Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II Museum was inaugurated today by the Maharaja Lakshraj Prakash of Sirmour. His mother Princess Diya Kumari of Jaipur and his grandmother, Rajmata Padmini Devi were also present on the occasion. The gallery unveiled paintings and photographs from the museum’s collections, many of which were showcased for the first time.
On the occasion Secretary and Trustee of the Museum, Princess Diya Kumari said that “My family has had a historic responsibility to care for Jaipur’s heritage, and so I am extremely happy that this gallery, built by my father, is finally being used the way he wanted. People have been wanting to see more paintings and photographs for a long time because the reputation of the collection is so strong. It has taken hard work by many people, but we have finally done it and I hope our visitors are happy”.
This exhibition is a part of the long term Museum Strategic Plan that the Museum Trust has been working on since 2013, which includes new exhibitions, publications, improved collections management and the renovation of older galleries, among other things. It is also to be noted that the Museum Trust in has collaborated with various experts such as museum consultants, exhibition, lighting and graphic designers, architects as well as conservators to curate this new exhibition.
Dr Giles Tillotson, the Director of Research, Publications and Exhibitions at the Museum, said, “We are immensely proud of the quality of the Museum’s collections and are delighted to be able finally to show many things that have been in storage for years. The curatorial team got the opportunity to dig deep and find the gems that people have been waiting to see. This exhibition will put the visual arts of Jaipur back at the centre of public interest and scholarly engagement, where it belongs.”