With love from Dutch masters

ON THE occasion of completion of 400 years of Indo-Dutch partnership, the Royal Netherlands Embassy has endeavoured to bring three exhibitions to Delhi, the first of which gets under way at the National Museum on Friday.

Titled "Dutch Masters from Indian Collections'', this one will showcase the 17th and 18th century paintings from the collection of Baroda Museum, Picture Gallery, Vadodara and the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaja Vastu Sangrahalaya, Mumbai. Most of the paintings have been restored by a team comprising experts from both countries.

The second exhibition, "Anne Frank : A History for Today'', which will be starting its India tour from November 9 will showcase excerpts from the diary and photographs of a teenage Jewish girl in Amsterdam which describe the ordeal she faced during the Second World War.

The aim, according to the organisers, is to drive home the consequences of extreme nationalism, persecution and destruction. While the exhibition will be on view at the India Habitat Centre till November 13, it will then travel to Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad and Kolkata.

And next week, the Amsterdam-based World Photo Foundation and the National Foundation for India team up to bring the World Press Photo Exhibition 2002 to the Capital.

This year, the exhibition -- to be held from November 11 to November 25 at Dilli Haat -- features images of attacks in New York and the subsequent war in Afghanistan besides other major news, sports and cultural events.

By Our Staff Reporter

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