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Jul 13, 2019

The Karachi art scene continues to evolve and suffers from a lack of connection to the international art scene. However, there are several contemporary art galleries that do their best to preserve the art of famous Pakistani masters and support the best new-generation artists. Learn more about Pakistan's up-and-coming art scene with our selection of best interesting art galleries in Karachi.

Chawkandi Art (Block 9, Clifton Karachi, Sindh):

The British art critic and journalist Marjorie Hussain moved to Karachi in the early 1960s, when she was still an art student. Of course, when she arrived, she got in touch with the thriving local art scene at a time when there was little opportunity to sell works of art. But only a few years later, the economic growth of the city opened an art market, which consolidated in the following decades. Ms. Hussain opened the Chawkandi Art in the 1980s, her deep knowledge of Karachi's art scene and Pakistani art, in general, is key to the gallery's program of high-quality exhibits that make Chawkandi Art one of the best contemporary art galleries in the city.

Mohatta Palace (7HatimAlvi Road, Block 5, Old Clifton Karachi):

The Mohatta Palace was built in 1927 as the summer residence of a wealthy businessman who named the palace after him. The building's unique design was inspired by the majestic residences of the rulers of the Rajput clan, using yellow Gizri stones, a quarter of Karachi, and pink stones from Jaipur, India's Pink City. The palace was purchased in 1995 by the government of Sindh, the region in which Karachi is located and it was then stated that it had become a place to celebrate the traditional, decorative arts of Pakistan.

Canvas Art(Block 4 Clifton, Kehkashan, Karachi):

Canvas Art is one of Pakistan's leading art galleries dedicated to helping aspiring artists from across the country. The gallery deals with modern, miniature and contemporary art and has a collection of over 1,000 objects from 100 different Pakistani artists. It is a great destination for those who want to know more about the current state of Pakistani art. In addition to the permanent collection, Canvas Art shows two exhibitions each month. Recent exhibitions have featured works by Muhammad Zeeshan, a talented and internationally recognized miniature painter and NaziaEjaz, whose paintings depict colorful urban landscapes and rickshaws inspired by urban life, Lahore, her hometown.

VM Art(Dhoraji, Cp& Berar Chs Karachi):

Founded in 1987, VM Art Gallery is based on the experience of a community center that teaches women. Since then, the gallery has become a reference point for the contemporary art scene in Karachi and across the country. VM Art is a nonprofit gallery whose authentic mission is to promote Pakistani artists in Pakistan and around the world through frequent collaboration with international cultural institutions. The gallery houses a permanent collection of works of art from the exhibitions that have taken place over the years. This includes over 400 works, including paintings, sculptures, and ceramics.

India Valley School Gallery(Block 2, Scheme 5, Clifton Karachi):

The Indus Valley School of Art & Architecture is an important school in Karachi for art students offering programs in the fine arts, humanities, textile design, architecture, and others. Similar to many other educational institutions around the world, the school has its own gallery, a natural resource for students and graduates, and a worthwhile opportunity for art lovers to engage with future masterpieces of Pakistani art.

Gandhara Art(Block 4, Clifton Karachi):

This is Karachi's only exhibit space with a regular program led by Gandhara-Art, a Hong Kong-based curatorial organization. The organization is very active internationally and curates exhibitions of Pakistani artists in various locations around the world. In the past, they have collaborated with many institutions in other countries, notably the Hong Kong Arts Center, the Salsali Private Museum in Dubai, and more recently the Modern Art Museum in Arnhem, The Netherlands. Among the many artists whose work it represents, Imran Qureshi, who was voted Artist of the Year by Deutsche Bank in 2013, is noted for his lush, highly detailed miniatures, which he began to paint with blood-red color in recent years Pakistan.

Unicorn Gallery (Block 4, Clifton, Karachi):

For a gallery that specializes in the history of Pakistani painting, the Unicorn Gallery is probably the best choice in Karachi. Founded by art critic SeemahNiaz, the gallery opened with an outstanding joint exhibition featuring works by some of Pakistan's most respected painters, including Ahmed Parvez, Bashir Mirza, Abdur Rahman Chughtai and Calligrapher Sadequain. A recent exhibition featured works by GhulamRasul, an influential Pakistani landscape painter.

Koel Gallery (F-42/2 Block 4, Clifton, Karachi):

KOEL was founded in 1977 as a textile workshop. Founder Noorjehan Bilgrami opened the workshop as a place to preserve the once-dying craft of hand-block printing, a craft technique in which fabrics are decorated with patterns using a carved wooden block similar to a stamp. Over time, the workshop has been added to a gallery with a similar mission: the preservation and promotion of regional works of art, including paintings, sculptures, photographs and handicrafts such as ceramics and, of course, textiles. In addition to beautiful artwork, the gallery also has a café and a pretty courtyard.


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