8 Best Art Galleries in Kathmandu That Art Lovers Must Visit

The Nepalese art scene has evolved so much over the past decade. Proof of this is the growing number of art galleries in Kathmandu. At any time of the month, at least one of the galleries is likely to organize exhibitions or even workshops to maintain dialogue around the art scene.

If you’re wandering around the city wondering where to go next, try out some of Kathmandu’s art galleries which house art from many talented artists. But if you have no idea which galleries or where they are located, here are some galleries you can start with.

1. Siddhartha Art Gallery

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Sangeeta Thapa and Shashikala Tiwari established this art gallery on September 27, 1987, as a place where Nepalese and international artists could meet. the Siddharta Art Gallery was important because it brings international creative concepts to Nepal. This is one of the best art galleries in Kathmandu that should not be missed.

In Kathmandu, he also served as a promoter of modern Nepalese art and always sought to bring together artists, poets and musicians, with the idea that culture is an inherent aspect of progress at its heart. It is located on the premises of Babermahal Revisited and is open for tours.

2. Sarwanam Art Gallery

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In Nepal, the Sarwanam group served as a crucible for many forms of creation, mainly theatrical art. In 1982, acclaimed writer Ashesh Malla founded the famous theater venue. The Sarwanam Art Gallery is considered a descendant of the Sarwanam Theater Group.

This huge art gallery, also known as the Kaladeergha, covers a square of 30 meters and contains works by eminent painters of many genres. You can also observe the painters at work and ask them questions about the artworks. Kalikasthan Basjhyang, Kalika Marg, Kathmandu is the location of this art gallery.

3. Himalayan Art Gallery

This art exhibit is a small place full of himalayan art and antiques. Mingma Ukyab Lama was established in 1988. This gallery, which is almost three decades old, is located in the Durbar Marg of Kathmandu. It mainly houses magnificent Tibetan objects.

This gallery would be the nirvana for those who like to collect charming works of art from various places. Rare antiquities from Tibet and the Himalayas have been carefully preserved here. Customers also get additional support to choose the best possible decision. The quality and authenticity of the antiques are guaranteed by the owner.

4. Mcube Gallery

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Located in the heart of Lalitpur, Kathmandu Valley, Nepal, Mcube Gallery is an alternative/contemporary visual art institution developed and imagined by renowned multidisciplinary visual artist Manish Lal Shrestha. The conceptual vision makes it one of the must-visit art galleries in Kathmandu.

This venue organizes a variety of artistic activities aimed at increasing art awareness through talk series, artist residency exchanges, curated visual art exhibitions, artist promotion and community support through resources, publications and community art projects. The art gallery was founded in 2011 to make modern visual arts culture a popular affair with a variety of artistic genres.

5. Bikalpa Art Center

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Artwork for the exhibition ‘Fractal Utopia’, exhibited at Bikalpa Art Center (BAC), Pulchok. Photo courtesy: LAC

Bikalpa Art Center is a non-profit and non-governmental institution based in Pulchok of Lalitpur. It is one of the few institutions that understands the value of art, culture and civilization. The artist couple Saroj Mahato and Mahima Singh Mahato founded the BAC in 2010.

It was first located in Jhamsikhel for a short time before being moved to Pulchok. This art center is also known as an ecological, eco-friendly and green art social institution that operates under the principle of helping and supporting the local system through a self-sustaining mechanism.

6. Nepal Academy of Fine Arts

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The Nepal Academy of Fine Arts is a government-run non-profit organization that brings together Nepalese artists, art scholars and art critics to promote the development and presentation of fine art , as well as the study and research of various art forms. NAFA has an extensive network of artists all over Nepal, making it one of the most diverse and must-visit art galleries in Kathmandu for all art lovers.

NAFA was founded in 2010 and is based in Sita Bhawan of Naxal. In its offices, the academy hosts a variety of art classes, lectures and exhibitions. The aim of the academy is to develop all existing genres of art, and it contains departments of painting, traditional arts, sculpture, folk art, crafts, architecture, art alternative and other creative arts to achieve this goal.

7. Park Gallery

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Park Gallery is an artist-run non-profit venue in Patan, Nepal. It was started in 1970 by Rama Nanda Joshi (better known as RN Joshi). He was a painter, art teacher and artistic activist. Park galleryThe creation of marked a turning point in the history of art in Nepal.

Many prominent Nepalese painters like Kiran Manandhar and Surendra Pradhan attended Park Gallery as students. In addition to hosting exhibitions, the gallery hosts talks and art workshops. It also contains a shop that sells greeting cards, posters, and prints, as well as framing services for customer artwork.

The gallery is currently undergoing renovations and will soon operate as the RN Joshi Museum/Park Gallery.

8. Universal Art Gallery

Universal Art Gallery was established in 1989 and is currently owned by Bikas Shahi. Landscape paintings, portraits, street and heritage paintings, watercolors, abstract paintings and Nepalese handicrafts are all included in this amazing art gallery.

Since then, the gallery has worked tirelessly to meet the expectations of art lovers and aficionados. The gallery even has the distinction of being one of the oldest thangka galleries in Kathmandu. All paintings in this gallery are handcrafted using traditional principles of thangka painting.

Mildred D. Field