Publications


Articles and Essays

Dinosaur picture at Naturkunde Berlin.
Rereeti | 05 May, 2020 The Way Forward: Museum Education in India – Part II In the second part of the article, I reflect on technology in museums and interactive spaces for young visitors.
Museum Education Part 1
Rereeti | 02 April 2020 The Way Forward: Museum Education in India – Part I I write on the larger trends, new approaches and inspiring ideas in museum education in Germany that might have relevance for large numbers of museums in India.
Photo of MACHmit! Museum, Berlin
Medium | 13 October 2019 Museum Voices #2 : Learning in children’s museums In a long conversation with Marie Lorbeer, ex-Director of MACHmit! Museum, I learn more about the history of the museum and its present challenges, the ethos of children’s museums and the idea of learning in a museum.
Interior of Bhau Daji Laad Museum, Mumbai
Arts Management Quarterly Journal | 30 September 2019 In Flux: The Making of Indian Museums and their audiences The article explores the reciprocal relationship between museums and its visitors with reference to India; how the museum through its institutional regulations, forms of addressal and careful narrativizing shapes the visitor and her experience, and how the visitor actively negotiates, appropriates, and re-defines the museum to change its meaning, function and patterns of usage.
Kids learning through museum
EducationWorld | 01 May 2019 Beyond the classroom How can we facilitate better conceptual learning, deeper engagement with ideas and build capacities to confront complex 21st-century challenges?The answer lies beyond the classroom in a unique, informal setting — in museums and museum-like environments like heritage sites, art galleries, science centres, archaeological sites, bio-diversity parks and gardens.
kid understanding mathematics in museum
Medium | 24 March 2019 Museum Voices #1: Mathematics in Museums In conversation with Jana Göpper, doctoral researcher at Freie Universität Berlin and past Resident at Bode Museum, Berlin, we discuss the meaning and function of Mathematics and if it can be effectively taught in a museum.
Example of game to get more out of museum
Medium | 14 Jan 2019 The Great Museum Mystery: 5 Games to get the most out of a museum visit In this article, I share 5 simple activities or ‘thought exercises’ that help provide structure to museum experiences, prolong observation and deepen cognitive thinking. Since many of these games are played in groups or pairs, they provide an excellent opportunity to learn from other’s responses and create a memorable social experience as well.
The Local Germany | 02 January 2019 The female German artists who conquered the global art scene We know a lot about men who were the Modern Masters of Germany but little about the women who rubbed shoulders with them to co-define modernity.
Medium | 23 Dec 2018 The Great Museum Mystery : What to do when inside a museum? Have you ever wondered what does one really do at a museum? Frowned at museums for being boring?Or disheartened at not being an artist, historian or an expert thought museums were not for you?Here I write three simple strategies to make museum experience more enjoyable and full of learning. *No prior knowledge needed*
Open India | 10 April 2012 Indian calendar art: the popular picture story A picture speaks a thousand words.It effectively conveys in a single image to a discerning audience the historical, social, gender and political direction of the society in which it originates.

Art Reviews

Graveyards of utopia
Artsome | 09 July 2014 Graveyards of Utopia by Poonam Jain Clark House looks transformed. Walls are flipped like pages in a story. Rows of meditative lines crawl on the wall. Numbers are tirelessly counted. And books swell up with feathers ready to take flight. With her first solo show at Clark House loftily titled Graveyards of Utopia, the graduate from Rachana Sansad, Mumbai is already being touted as an artist to note.
Artsome | 22 June 2014 Keep the Canvas Rolling, New Delhi Chapter A huge canvas arbitrarily painted by a collective of artists to reveal a work in progress hangs in a silent vestibule waiting to extend the visual journey of Kashmir.
The body in Indian art
Artsome | 26 May 2014 The Body in Indian Art : Review of exhibition at National Museum, New Delhi What happens when an exhibition is choreographed to weave a discourse within a complex history of a civilisation, that too around the most speculative and provocative subject of art- the body?
Everything is Inside by Subodh Gupta
Artsome | 26 May 2014 Everything is Inside | Subodh Gupta at NGMA, New Delhi, 2014 Known for spectacularising the mundane and monumentalising the everyday to create an arresting, threatening and sublime work of art, Subodh Gupta’s mid career retrospective at the National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi curated by Germano Celant exhibits a series of works never introduced to an Indian audience before.
Artsome | 21 January 2014 L.N. Tallur’s “UKAI (Cormorant Fish Hunting)” at Nature Morte A walk through a Tallur show guarantees a surreal play off on museum artefact with objects that bespeak a language of absurdities and tell tales of agony and anxiety.
Unboxed Writers | 09 January 2014 Grotesque Bodies, Dystopic Tales Brooklyn based artist Chitra Ganesh’s first solo show in the city titled A Zebra Among Horses opened recently at Gallery Espace, New Delhi to include drawings on paper; a collage on board, a site-specific mural-based installation; and a text-based wall piece.
Of Myths, Fables And Fantasy
Unboxed Writers | 13 October 2013 Of Myths, Fables And Fantasy Curtains part to give entry into the scene of the Last Supper when Christ discloses that one of his twelve apostles will betray him.