The Nakashima Foundation hosts the “Golconda” exhibition, reception

ART IN NAKASHIMA: The “Golconda: Introducing Modernism to India” reception and exhibition will take place at the Nakashima Foundation Arts Building in New Hope, Pennsylvania on June 12. (Photo by Komal Sharma)

‘Golconda’, a hidden gem and treasure of Indian architectural history located in Pondicherry, has a special connection with the work and life of George Nakashima. As Nakashima directed the construction of the building, he was awakened to a higher consciousness that changed the course of his life forever, allowing him to manifest Karma Yoga in his own unique way – both in architecture and in furniture manufacturing.

The Nakashima Foundation will host a special “Golconda: Introducing Modernism to India” exhibition and reception at the Nakashima Foundation Arts Building on Sunday, June 12, 3-5 p.m., on the Nakashima property at 1847 Aquetong Road, New Hope, Pennsylvania .

“Golconda” itself is not open to the public – it remains a private sanctuary – a home for some of the residents who are members of the Sri Aurobindo Ashram. This exhibition invites visitors to virtually experience its beauty and tranquility, as well as discover the story of its creation.

The “Golconda” exhibit opened at the University of Texas at Austin, then traveled to Chicago, Arizona, Seattle and Virginia before arriving at New Hope. This is a glimpse of the “discovery” of “Golconda” by Pankaj and Christine Gupta, founding partners of VirMueller Architects in Delhi in 2003. They discovered a building with an atmosphere of peace and beauty that has remained untouched since its completion for the Second World War. .

For the exhibit, the Guptas created a series of large-scale color prints on fabric, hung in such a way that viewers are immersed in a three-
dimensional sense of strikingly beautiful spaces and shapes. During their research and documentation, they had unprecedented access to the Ashram’s archives, unearthing archival photographs and reproducing the original architectural drawings to illustrate the conditions that led to the creation of “Golconda”. .

The Guptas have just published the second edition of their book, Golconda – The introduction of modernism in India, which is available for $50 at nakashimawoodworkers.com. Golconda is the story of Antonin Raymond who designed the very first modernist reinforced concrete building in India and how he changed the course of George Nakashima’s life.

Tickets for the open reception and exhibit are $150. For those not attending the opening reception, tickets to the “Golconda” exhibit are $25 on select Saturdays by reservation only. Visit nakashimafoundation.org to purchase.

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