Nepal Art Council at Bihar Museum Biennale 2023

The Nepal Gallery at the Bihar Museum Biennale.

The second edition of the Bihar Museum Biennale 2023, at Patna was inaugurated by the Honourable Chief Minister of Bihar, Mr Nitish Kumar on 7th of August 2023. This biennnale is a unique initiative to provide a platform to museums, museum professionals and artists. The exhibiting countries in this platform are Nepal, Thailand, Panama, Costa Rica, Italy, Russia as well as other Indian museums.
The inauguration celebrated the foundation day of Bihar museum showcasing folkarts of Padmashree awarded artists from Bihar. It also launched ” Together We Art” an exhibition of G20 member and guest countries as well as 20 senior contemporary Indian artists and launched the catalogue of ‘Nepal-Where the Gods Reside’ and a few other museum publications.

The Chief Minister in his address spoke about the inception of Bihar museum, as it came about due to the lack of space and facility in the Patna museum. Future plans are to revamp the Patna museum and connect the Bihar museum through an underground art tunnel.

After visiting the G20 Gallery, the CM accompanied by Anjani Kumar Singh, Director General of Bihar Museum was welcomed to the Nepal Galley by the President of Nepal Art Council, Mr. Sagar SJB Rana. They observed the artworks with keen interest while being briefed by the Curator, Swosti Rajbhandari Kayastha. Nepal Art Council showcased ‘Nepal -Where the Gods Reside’ an exhibition of 205 artworks by 68 artists, in approximately, 4,000 sq. ft., making it the largest representation of Nepali artists outside the country. The exhibition will be on for two months till the 7th of October. The Nepal gallery attracted special attention and it’s centrally placed colourful Pancha Buddha and Ashta Mangala Mandala was the highlight of the show. Upon exiting the gallery, the CM was presented with a limited-edition print of Padmapani Lokesvara, by eminent paubha artist, Lok Chitrakar, who also is a Director of Nepal Art Council.

DG Anjani Kumar Singh in his message thanked his entire team and the state Govt as well as Dr. Alka Pande, noted historian and chief curator of the exhibition.

The Nepal Gallery at the Bihar Museum Biennale.
President of NAC, Sagar SJB Rana with Dr Alka Pande, Chief Curator of the Biennale
General Secretary of NAC Bikash Ratna Dhakhwa in converstion with Roobina Karode, Director of Kiran Nadar Museum, Delhi and Brinda Miller, Education Consultant at the CSMVS, Mumbai
President of NAC, Sahar SJB Rana with The Nepali team at the Bihar Museum, Ritesh Bajracharya, Swosti Rajbhandari, Urvashi Rana, Sagar SJB Rana, Bikash Ratna Dhakhwa and Sonam Tamang.
Swosti Rajbhandari Kayastha, Curator NAC explaining about the mandala to the Honourable Chief Minister of Bihar, Mr. Nitish Kumar and DG of Bihar Museum, Anjani Kumar Singh at the inauguration.