The Lahore Arts Council (LHC) has put on its website the visual art collection on display at the Alhamra Art Museum located at Alhamra Cultural Complex Qaddafi Stadium.

There are 326 artworks, including paintings, sculptures, prints and photographs, by 118 masters and internationally renowned artists besides the pieces of contemporary art.

LAC Executive Director Saman Rai says that visual art lovers now have the facility to admire and adore the artworks online.

“This step has been taken owing to the Covid-19 pandemic so that art lovers can enjoy these artworks while sitting at home,” she adds.

The Alhamra Art Museum, which earlier used to be called Permanent Art Gallery founded in 1996, has the artworks of my many leading visual artists such as Abdur Rahman Chughtai, Ustad Allah Bux, Sadequain, Shakir Ali, S Safdar, Hanif Ramay, Collin David, Aslam Kamal, Anna Molka Ahmed and Anwar Jalal Shemza.

The Alhamra museum is the only place in Punjab to exhibit artworks of masters and contemporary artists for students, scholars, researchers and tourists.

Ms Rai says the museum offers a virtual tour for the public, especially the students as its mission is to educate, inspire, empower, and shape the future artists.

“In the view of Covid-19, the LAC’s mission is to deliver education through well-curated virtual tours of the Alhamra Art Museum. The collection of the art museum is for those students who are looking for ways to stay on top of their studies while the schools are closed,” she says, adding that the world’s top museums are also sharing the virtual tours of their collections on social media for the students staying home.

Originally published in Dawn, July 11th, 2020