Museum of Goa
Centrally located near Calangute, the tourist hub in North Goa, Museum of Goa better known as MOG (translates to love in Konkani) is a must see art attraction. This private and self-funded museum was founded in 2015 and is Dr. Subodh Kerkar, a practicing artist’s, pet project. MOG is designed by well-known architect Dean D’Cruz and is situated in the vicinity of Pilerne industrial estate that has a mesmerising view of the forest and spacious parking. The location makes it easily accessible to the visitors. Made of 3 huge floors including the mezzanine floor, Museum of Goa houses art, a bookshop, café, small auditorium and workshops behind the museum.
The minimalistic outer and inner structure of MOG, while simple, further enhances the charm and beauty of the space. MOG has positioned multiple indigo works at various junctions on the way to the venue. MOG also plans to put up around 40,000 signboards from Bombay to Goa to direct the visitors to the space.
MOG does not limit itself to showcasing particular art practice but instead exposes the world to various genres, ranging from paintings, video, sculpture, photography, mixed media installations amongst many others. What makes MOG unique is its beautiful sculpture park, a concept that is not prevalent in India. Amidst large installation works on MOG’s second floor, a corner with a huge room is dedicated to Dr. Kerkar’s personal studio space.
‘Morphology of Archive: Connected Histories of Goa,’ the ongoing exhibition, during the visit, was curated by Sabitha T P. This year will be dedicated to histories of Goa, with change of works in the space from time to time. Mansoor Ali’s, Sediments of History, 2016, a mixed media installation was showcased on the 2nd floor among other works. Ali deals with the idea of identity-making process through this work. The first floor had the most captivating artworks due to the variety on display. Right from beautiful and realistic oil paintings to wonderful installations. One being Subodh Kerkar’s 150 Natals, 2016 that talks about Goan culture of celebrating Christmas. The work is made of pieces of wall from 150 years old family home that was painted every year to welcome Christmas (Natal in Portuguese). This work speaks about the coloured history and Christmas celebrations of the family living in this house. Then comes René Fadinger’s Expanding Structures, 2016 that explores the notion of architectural structures as “Architectural Beings” and puts them in the realm and space of quantum physics. As all these structures are fused to their rigid forms the idea is that this element of physics pulls these “beings” out into the abstract to explore new fluid forms, spaces and densities. The influence behind this is the way in which Goa’s architecture has been heavily influenced by European architecture. Irani/German artist Mojé Assefjah’s Lentrata, 2012 that means entrance, is an invitation for the eye to look through a window opened to a nostalgic landscape, a window opened on history and on the various cultures that belong to it. It is an abstract work made with tempora on linen. Assefjah’s work also includes a video that documents the making of Lentrata.
Few works were also installed on the ground floor of the museum that has a huge ceiling. In the outer space surrounding the museum building, one can find a make shift sculpture park that houses an array of outdoor sculptures and installations.
There are a number of in-house workshop behind the museum that helps producing the works in-house. MOG also has a concept of paid residency that allows an artist to stay in the facility and also use the facilities at minimal cost.
At the exit/entrance just outside the OM Made Café is a bell that plays music when you ring it. Museum of Goa is a beautiful space to spend quality time and experience quality art. We highly recommend visiting Museum of Goa next time you are around.