Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya

(Formerly Prince of Wales Museum of Western India)

Conserving the Collection

The caring path for 5000 years of our art

An Exhibition and the Book
Premchand Roychand Gallery, 1st Floor, East Wing, CSMVS, Mumbai Date: September 3 – November 1, 2016

Citi India and the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (CSMVS), formerly the Prince of Wales Museum of Western India, announce the launch of the exhibition and the book, ‘Conserving the Collection - The caring path of 5000 years of our Art’, as part of ConservArte: Citi-CSMVS Art Conservation Project, curated by Anupam Sah and the Art Conservation Centre.

The exhibition is an attempt to showcase the nuances of art conservation through the medium of objects selected from the many works that were conserved and restored during the first year of the ‘ConservArte - Citi-CSMVS Art Conservation Project’ at the CSMVS Museum Art Conservation Centre.

It will showcase 50 important and iconic objects spanning 5000 years of history from the Indus Valley Civilization to the contemporary age, documented, scientifically examined and conserved at the CSMVS Museum Art Conservation Centre. This exhibition is an account of these iconic objects, the philosophy, principles and nuances behind the conservation of artworks, and a glimpse of the careful conservation treatments undertaken.

This exhibition is divided into ten sections that span a period of 5000 years, from the Indus Valley Civilisation to contemporary times. Every section is dedicated to a particular material pertaining to a specific time period. Each object is identified with a brief label text that introduces it. Select aspects of the principles and practice of art conservation are reflected in the narrative accompanying the objects.

The exhibition will be open to public for viewing from September 3–November 1, 2016 at the Premchand Roychand Gallery on the first floor of the CSMVS, Mumbai. Entry to the exhibition is free of charge (Museum entry ticket applicable). The exhibition will be open from 10.15 a.m.–6.00 p.m.

This initiative is envisioned as a long-term impact project dedicated to the cause of art conservation.

ConservArte: A Citi-CSMVS Art Conservation Project is a 3-year project (2015-18) in partnership with Citi India, implemented at the CSMVS Museum Art Conservation Centre. The project aims at the conservation, restoration and preservation of 150 important and iconic objects, primarily of the CSMVS Collection, of various types and technologies, spanning 5000 years of history from the Indus Valley Civilization to the contemporary age.

For further information on the project, please contact:

At CSMVS:
Anupam Sah/ Nidhi Shah
Phone : +91 9920747155/ +91 9867157603
Email : artconservation@csmvs.org

At Citi India
Debasis Ghosh / George Koshy
Phone : +912261756385 / +91 9819808042
Email : debasis.ghosh@citi.com/ george.koshy@citi.com

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About Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (CSMVS), Mumbai, formerly known as The Prince of Wales Museum of Western India, is an autonomous; not-for-profit organization established in 1909, under an act of legislation—Prince of Wales Museum Act (now known as the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya Act) of the then-Government of Bombay and is governed by a Board of Trustees. It houses a mixed collection of 70,000 historic and artistic works of various materials and technologies. The museum raises funds for its cultural, conservation and educational activities through public support, projects, grants, and from the revenue it generates from ticket sales, exhibitions, and art events. The Museum building is a Grade I Heritage Building built in the Indo- Saracenic style. The building maintenance efforts were acknowledged at the 2010 UNESCO Asia- Pacific Heritage Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation.

CSMVS Museum Art Conservation Centre The establishment of CSMVS Museum Art Conservation Centre in 2008 took place under the Metro Museum Modernization Plan supported by a project grant from the Ministry of Culture, Government of India. Besides taking care of the Museum collection, the conservation centre is conscious of its responsibility to work together with other institutions to strengthen the art conservation movement in India.

Mission Statement: CSMVS Museum Art Conservation Centre aims to spearhead heritage conservation-restoration, research & development, and training in India as well as in other nations in the region, through its work, as well as by encouraging collaborations and sharing of expertise.

Website: www.csmvs.in