Raj Rewal: Memory, Metaphor and Meaning in his Constructed Landscape- an architectural exhibition

Events Diary Dated:  May 8, 2014
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Permanent Exhibition Complex by Raj Rewal, New Delhi ; img src: http://movingcities.org/

The exhibition, "Raj Rewal: Memory, Metaphor and Meaning in his Constructed Landscape ", being held at the National Gallery of Modern Art in the capital is the first time ever that an Indian architect's work has been displayed at the gallery. 

Curated by Professor A G Krishna Menon and Rahoul B Singh of INTACH, the exhibition is a testimony to the distinctive style and works of one of India’s best- known architects, Raj Rewal. Inaugurated by Dr. Sudhir Krishna, Secretary, Ministry of Urban Development, the exhibition, which aims to revive modern heritage and preservation in the country will remain open to visitors from April 16th to June 16th.

A self explanatory timeline with architectural models, photographs, drawings, sketches and films are used to depict the various categories of the architect’s buildings; houses and housing projects, research and educational buildings, institutional and public buildings, exhibitions etc.The exhibition spans 5 decades of Raj Rewal’s buildings that are rooted in tradition and enthused with contemporary technologies. Born true to both climate and culture and promoting craftsmanship and technologies, the modern architecture is one that draws its inspiration from the planned cities of Jodhpur and Jaipur and elements intrinsic to Indian architecture and design.

Some of the exhibits at display at NGMAs two main galleries- Jaipur House and the Temporary Exhibition gallery( in the new wing) include the exhibition pavilions at Pragati Maidan (1972), Central Institute of Educational Technology (1988), Asian Games Village (1982), Jawahar Vyapar Bhavan (1989), SCOPE office complex (1989), National Institute of Immunology (1990), CIDCO low cost housing Navi Mumbai (1993), World Bank Regional Mission Delhi (1995), Lisbon Ismailli Centre, Portugal (2000), Library for Indian Parliament (2003), Indian Embassy Beijing (2011), world bank regional mission, British High Commission staff quarters and French embassy staff quarters (1967-69).

Raj Rewal was awarded the honour of “Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres”  in 2005 for the design of the French Embassy and is known for post colonial architecture in India. His accolades also include a Gold Medal from the Indian Institute of Architects. 

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