India does not appear among the top 100 museums of the world, in a list assembled by The Art Newspaper of United Kingdom released in its April issue.
Louvre of Paris, which houses “Mona Lisa”, tops the list with about 8.9 million visitors last year. Other nine top museums of the world listed are: Metropolitan Museum of Art (Washington DC), British Museum (London), National Gallery (London), Tate Modern (London), National Gallery of Art (Washington DC), National Palace Museum (Taipei), Centre Pompidou (Paris), National Museum of Korea (Seoul) and Musee D’ Orsay (Paris).
Indo-American statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, said that it did not go well with India, which was on track to become a global power and which had rich art heritage to share with the world, not to have at least one popular world class museum.
Rajan Zed, who is Chairperson of Indo-American Leadership Confederation, pointed out that art had a long and rich tradition in India and ancient Sanskrit literature talked about paintings of deities on wood or cloth. Despite this richness, none of its museums figured on this top-100 list while even museums from Taiwan, South Korea, China, Israel and Turkey were there besides others. India needed to wake up, as it was blight on a country which prided herself on having joined the league of hottest growth economies, Zed added.
Founded in 1793, Musee du Louvre, also sometimes referred as “museum among museums”, besides “Mona Lisa”, also contains universally admired works like “Venus de Milo” and the “Victory of Samothrace”. Henri Loyrette and Herve Barbaret are President and Managing Director respectively. Launched in 1990, The Art Newspaper is published from London with Jane Morris as editor.