Goa is well-known for its beaches, parties and casinos. Generally people come here to chill out on holidays and festivals. But, “do you have any idea that there is a Gem hidden in the Pilerne Industrial Estate near Calangute area of Goa?”
Yes, “Museum of Goa” aka MOG is such a mesmerizing space that time just flies here. On top of that, I was fortunate to meet the founder himself. Goan artist Dr. Subodh Kerkar is a warm and pleasing artist. He was very friendly and open to share his experiences. We chatted on how he came up with the idea of establishing the museum and the present scenario of art & architecture.
MOG is one of the biggest privately owned contemporary art museums in India. Founded in 2015, this unique space for the Arts brings together artists, curators, collectors, art enthusiasts, mentors, learners and people from all walks of life.
Contemporary art is the soul of this museum. This three storied art space has art galleries, an auditorium, art store, art café and studio spaces. A wonderful garden area outside the museum also features some interesting sculptures & art pieces. MOG also conducts exhibitions, workshops & courses.
Each gallery is devoted to diverse art forms, including video and sound installations by the artists, Dr. Subodh Kerkar, Siddharth Kerkar, Vitesh Naik, Sweety Joshi, Chandrakant Kerkar, Kalidas Mhammal, Harshada Kerkar and others. All artists have a distinctive style which surely leaves his/her impression on visitor’s minds.
Each art display has its unique identity. The ocean inspired art pieces like “OYSTER PLATE”, “OYSTER POT” & “OYSTER COMB” are eye catchers.
I also like the “COTTON FIELD” made out of fibreglass, rubber and steel. All of the work is beautiful but the “CHILLIES” made out of fibre glass, rubber tires with cotton fabric & the “JACKFRUIT” made out of trunk of a jackfruit tree & thorns of a trifala tree are super impressive.
I thoroughly enjoyed appreciating the art expression of each and every piece of work. Whenever you are planning a Goa trip, you must include a visit to Museum of Goa in your itinerary. It’s a lovely place to explore the artistic world.