National Museum promises better maintenance and display

December 13th, 2011 - 7:18 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Dec 13 (IANS) The National Museum has initiated remedial action to address shortcomings of the maintenance of art objects and antiquities at the National Museum, Culture Minister Kumari Selja said in the Lok Sabha here Tuesday.

The observations about shortcomings were in areas of acquisition, accessioning, photo-documentaion, preservation, digitisation, computerised documentation, display, storage, physical verification, handing over and taking over galleries and closure of galleries, said a statement from the culture ministry.

Eight galleries are closed at the National Museum currently because they are either under renovation or refurbishing and restoration of art works on display. The wood carving gallery was initially closed as the musical instruments from the musical instruments gallery were shifed there to renovate the musical instruments gallery.

The wood carving gallery is currently being renovated. The jewellery gallery which was closed after a Russia exhibition in 2008 could not open for administrative reasons, the statement added.

“The National Museum follows internationally accepted practises for preservation and storage of art objects. The museum has a conservation laboratory and facilities for keeping temperature and relative humidity at optimum level are available in the galleries,” the minister said.

“Objects on display in different galleries are rotated from time to time,” she added.

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