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Old February 10th, 2006, 11:53 PM   #1
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F-5 | National Art Gallery

Project : National Art Gallery
Location: F-5/1, Opposite Pakistan Telecom Authority
Client : Pakistan National Councik of Arts (PNCA)
Architects : Sohail & Pasha, Architect & Planning Consultants
Contractor : Builders Associates













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Old February 10th, 2006, 11:59 PM   #2
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some thing like this needs to be made in lahore is well, the art scene there is very rich.
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Old February 11th, 2006, 12:05 AM   #3
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Islamabad needs more recreational facilities to develop and improve the existing social life. This project will be a step towards that development.
I dont have the rendering rite now.

Here is an aerial View of the Gallery.
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Old February 11th, 2006, 06:50 AM   #4
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Salam,

This is a very nice project. I like it.

Its pretty big too....even though from the picture on the board, it looked small. However, from actual construction pics, it seems like a big project. I hope interior is done nicely too.

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Old February 11th, 2006, 10:36 AM   #5
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nice project
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Old February 11th, 2006, 09:33 PM   #6
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some thing like this needs to be made in lahore is well, the art scene there is very rich.
Lahore has one... Alhamra on Mall Road.
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Old December 5th, 2006, 02:31 AM   #7
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pretty unimaginative design for an art gallery.

could have drawn from our own history.
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Old January 24th, 2007, 10:36 PM   #8
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I must say this does indeed look like a rather uninspired design.

Also one question: Are modern construction techniques not available in Pakistan? Must we really continue to do the work like this where everything is strewn all about the construction site?

where is the art? where is the imagination? I know there are people innovating in Pakistan. Where are they?
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Old January 28th, 2007, 12:09 AM   #9
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They are here! Their hands tied by clients develpers technology available!
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Old August 28th, 2007, 07:20 PM   #10
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This building has now opened its doors to the public, and for the time being, admission is free.
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Old August 29th, 2007, 12:08 AM   #11
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By ALISA TANG, Associated Press Writer
Tue Aug 28, 1:51 PM ET



ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - Pakistan's painstakingly built 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.

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The four-story gallery opened to the public on Tuesday with an expansive exhibit of 600 works, from Persian-style miniature paintings with a modern twist to large-scale sculpture created specially for the museum.

Pakistan has long had a vibrant if small art scene, but the gallery took more than a quarter-century from conception to completion due mainly to the changing priorities of a series of military leaders and short-lived elected governments.

"It's a wonderful feeling to have a home for all the work — a place to house the work of three generations of artists," said Naiza Khan, a curator of the inaugural show and an artist whose female metal body armor is on display.

Featuring work from 126 Pakistani artists, some of the pieces in the "Moving Ahead" show have a distinctively South Asian or Islamic flavor: Arabic calligraphy; a painting with Bollywood actors; a throne made of white plastic ablution buckets that Muslims use to wash themselves before prayer.

The works are owned by the Pakistan National Council of the Arts or on loan from private collectors.

One miniature painting by Waseem Ahmed, "Burqa," transforms a classical European odalisque into a classical Persian form. The reclining Venus is draped in a gauzy, transparent burqa — an all-covering Islamic veil — and gazes into a mirror that reflects apples, a Christian symbol of temptation.

One of the 132,000-square-foot gallery's two grand halls holds several sculptures, including a creation from artist Khalil Chishtee. The piece, which uses white plastic bags, shows a life-size woman walking a tightrope, a man below turning his head up toward her, apparently held in position by a thread tugging his nose skyward. The tightrope is the braided hair of an elderly woman sitting in a wheelchair.

"There's a lot of stuff that you wouldn't expect to be ... in a museum in Pakistan," said Sana Raza, a 27-year-old consultant from Karachi who visited the gallery on opening day. She gestured toward sculptures criticizing society and the political system and said, "You would expect censorship ... more toned down stuff, but they've been pretty open about open expression."

The Ministry of Culture promised there would be no censorship, said Salima Hashmi, one of the curators and an art historian. Curators were told to exercise their own judgment so as not to offend anyone. Showing figurative work or nudes "would be a problem in certain venues in Pakistan that are more conservative," Hashmi said.

The museum's interior space is white with warm accents, such as a brick-paved ramp leading to the mezzanine and a few areas with wood detailing on the ceiling. An auditorium and a rooftop courtyard are surrounded by delicate arches.

The exterior is made almost entirely of brick — a rare choice in an era of new museums around the world constructed with large concrete or stone slabs. "Brick has a humility. It has a scale that is so intimate," said architect Naeem Pasha, who won the first competition in architect selection in 1981.

A sentry of seven large black statues of burqa-clad figures, haunting and anonymous, stands outside the gallery entrance.

Some spaces, such as the room displaying the calligraphy, are one-story high, while others are two stories high or even larger, including a room that can be viewed from two little balconies on the second floor to give the visitor a different perspective.

On Tuesday, the room of miniatures was leaking a murky gray water through the ceiling, and many of the works had to be removed from the walls to protect them. Jamal Shah, executive director of the Pakistan National Council of the Arts, called the leaking "teething" problems that were being addressed.

Pasha won the first competition to choose an architect in 1981, but the project had many delays often because of the frequent changes of government. The foundation stone was laid in March 1996, but funding was diverted for a convention center, he said. When they finally got started, some officials wanted to demolish the unfinished structure, worrying it could be a hiding place for snipers targeting President Gen. Pervez Musharraf, whose office is nearby.

The $8.9 million gallery creates a rare cultural attraction for visitors to the grid-plan capital, which was only built in the 1960s. There are outdoor shopping centers, parks and the impressive Lok Virsa ethnographic museum, but few places to see art or theater.

The artwork at the National Gallery indicates how secular and liberal Pakistan's growing middle-class has become, despite the conservative influence of the religious establishment.

"As in many countries, you have audiences which will accept work which seems to be pushing the boundaries, and there will be other conservative audiences that will simply not accept it," said Hashmi. "It's anybody's guess as to how this will proceed."

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Old August 29th, 2007, 12:43 AM   #12
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Can we get some pictures?

Also, why does this gallery only show 600 works of art? Just to give you a comparison:

Louvre displays 35,000+ works of art in 60,000 sqm of space
this gallery displays 600 works of art in 12,000 sqm of space

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Can we get some pictures?

Also, why does this gallery only show 600 works of art? Just to give you a comparison:

Louvre displays 35,000+ works of art in 60,000 sqm of space
this gallery displays 600 works of art in 12,000 sqm of space

Musée de l'ouvre is a museum
This is an art gallery.

musée de l'ouvre has objects from all over the world, including a rich european work(mostly roman, italian, french), iranian, south asian, egyptian,arabian other african work. Some of this was gathered quite sometime ago when these countries were colonies of others and the french govt has a lot of money to buy these things since france is the worlds most visited country.

The comparison is out of question.
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Some pics from the website.


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Old August 29th, 2007, 01:12 AM   #16
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Old August 29th, 2007, 01:48 AM   #17
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Can we get some pictures?

Also, why does this gallery only show 600 works of art? Just to give you a comparison:

Louvre displays 35,000+ works of art in 60,000 sqm of space
this gallery displays 600 works of art in 12,000 sqm of space

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Musée de l'ouvre is a museum
This is an art gallery.

musée de l'ouvre has objects from all over the world, including a rich european work(mostly roman, italian, french), iranian, south asian, egyptian,arabian other african work. Some of this was gathered quite sometime ago when these countries were colonies of others and the french govt has a lot of money to buy these things since france is the worlds most visited country.

The comparison is out of question.
Louvre is an art gallery(or musuem): displays paintings, photographs, sculptures, etc, basically anything related to art, and so would National Art Gallery. They are both the same, and my comparison is very valid.

Now its possible that NAG may have space to display more than 600 works, but not the money to acquire them. That would be a different story then. My objection basically was that they should have designed this building to display more than 600 works.
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According to what i understood NAG is for displaying paintings and sculptures only. Louvre is a museum which displays everything including paintings, sculptures, pottery, ancient tools used by civilizations, and even complete sample of the palace of napoleon, large diamonds, etc.

Also i don't know if they are talking about its surface area of the building of louvre or display area for its so huge you cannot see every part of it in a day( 6-8 hrs) even two days would be pressing. I have visited it like 4-5 times already and there are sections i haven't covered even though i don't repeat sections.

NAG holds only 600 works of art and seems much smaller(from the pics) but who says it cant hold more than that? They is room for much more and they will be added later.

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The four-storey gallery opened to the public Tuesday with an expansive exhibit of 600 works, from Persian-style miniature paintings with a modern twist to a large-scale sculpture created especially for the site.
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The building has been designed by naeem Pasha.
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the color of exterior is ugly as hell
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