Chandigarh: One of the biggest collections of the contemporary painters of the country is in grave need of preservation at Museum of Fine Arts at Punjab University.
The museum houses the paintings of the last five decades in its premise. Paintings of renowned painters like Paritosh Sen, Ghulam Mohammad Seikh, Manu Parekh Rama Chandan, Madhvi Parekh, Surjit Kaur Samdan Singh etc. are being overlooked by the authorities.
Most of the paintings in the museum are not framed. Even the framed ones do not meet the standards which are required by such artefacts.
“We know that the university museum is going through the problem preservation.
But the process of preservation is costly” said Arun Grover, Vice Chancellor Punjab University. He also added that he has a plan in mind to conserve the vast art collection but it can only be executed once the Panjab University is financial stable.
“The preservation of the paintings is a tricky work” said Devnder KumarGhawaria, official at conservation laboratory, Museum and Art Gallery, Sector-10. He said that one has to spontaneous during the preservation of such fragile artefacts. “Even framing of paintings is not an answer to preservation. Yes it can increase its age but complete conservation is not guaranteed” he added. On the paintings at PU he said that they contemporary they would not face any problem in near future but regular scrutiny are needed so that they can be preserved for ages.
“The university has a committee for the museum. Any decision of the preservation will be taken by them” said Jagtej Kaur, Chairperson, department of fine arts.
The PU Vice Chancellor, Arun Grover informed that he was impressed by the preservation steps taken by museum of Tata Institute of Fundamental Research. “They have placed their paintings in vaccum cases thus ensuring the longevity of the artefacts” He said.
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