State of Architecture

In a city like Bombay, being an architecture exhibition is quite a rare sight for me. I had heard a lot of praise about the exhibition before visiting the show, but still not sure what I expected out of it. On visiting the exhibition at the NGMA Bombay the show blew my mind. The exhibition had a lot of content, where in a usual case might be too overwhelming. The show managed to maintain most viewers attention very closely through the show. I found, the exhibition was like walking through an extremely interesting book.
The first three levels of the exhibition had a historic timeline, which was very well curated in a manner that is very natural for one to walk through. The content was exciting as there were many building I recognised as well as some that came to my notice for the first time and really admired. The content of the exhibition really brought out the good in the city and some of the amazing architecture in India.
There were several structures as part of the exhibition that I had seen before, through my leanings in History of Architecture but seeing the works having in a gallery space exaggerated the importance in a sense. One of the key aspects that went along the timeline was the political events happening at the time the structures were designed/ built. This really helped to see the various movements in a chronological manner.
The history of the exhibition only started post independence so essentially only looking at Indian architecture. The curators made it a point not to go into looking at private buildings and only brought out public spaces through the exhibition. The use of a timeline through the way in which the exhibition was viewed brought out a sense of materials and how it has significantly changed over the years of development, as well as distinguishing various architectural styles.
I found the arrangement and quality of presentation was what enhanced the exhibition. The very simple graphic use of clean lines was eye catching as well as an easy flow through the space. What I specifically liked was the references on the ground floor to all the research that had gone into the exhibition. This is something people usually tend to put at the end. Having it right in the beginning as the first thing the viewer sees when s/he walks in is the depth at which the exhibition has been extensively researched which became a key component of the show.
With new development taking place now, I hardly see things I appreciate. What was surprising was how I really enjoyed the top floor seeing the new architectural masterpieces by some great architects around India, working on public and not private spaces. The way in which this was organised was curated to feel like one is moving through an architectural space of small clusters with little windows. I did find that a few models would enhance the recent architectural works. This might have been an intended choice by the curators to just have a two dimensional visual quality to the show. My general feel about the exhibition was great and I have a lot to take back from the show.

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