Esjehi Art Gallery – Strengthening Forgotten Talent
Enchanted by the crystal blue waters and extensive white beaches, visitors of Maldives tend to forget the locals that preserve and make up this beautiful location. This multi-religious, multiethnic and multicultural society is often overlooked and most miss out on a unique culture blast and true Maldivian experience. The Esjehi Art Gallery located in the capital city of Male, bent on preserving and promoting local talent.
Dating back to the 1870s it is one of the oldest buildings of the land with beautifully preserved wood panels and intricately designed elegant carvings, complementing the profound talent of Maldivian architects of yesteryears. Though small, the large numbers of little rooms are most charmingly suited and display an eclectic collection of contemporary arts and crafts. Previously the home of a nobleman, this gallery is widely known for its unmatched collection and beautiful setting. Maldivian art dates back far back by centuries to carvings in corals and rocks. The existence of an art gallery to preserve and promote these age old artifacts as well as modern art is a great strength and source of motivation for the young generation.
Situated in the east of Sultan Park on Medhu Ziyaarath, it hosts a few exhibitions and workshops that enable young artists to mingle with pros In the Maldives and it acts as a very good platform to show off their talents to the world. Art aficionados can also purchase artifacts and meet the artists. For those of you who wish can visit the gallery from 8 am – 6.30 pm from Saturday to Thursday and 2 pm – 7 pm on Fridays. Even if one may not be an art fanatic, walking through the little rooms and corridors of this elite and unique art gallery displaying exquisite artwork will prove to be a most enjoyable and enlightening experience.
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