The Nicholas Roerich and Svetoslav Roerich Art Gallery
The Nicholas Roerich and Svetoslav Roerich Art Gallery housed on the ground floor of the Roerich House was created by Svetoslav Roerich in the early 1960s. “In my house, in the Kullu Valley, I am planning to design some rooms that belonged to my father as a Museum dedicated to his work and ideals,” Svetoslav Roerich wrote in 1948, one year after Nicholas Roerich’s death. “Our residence in Kullu is put in order, and I hope to make sort of a Cultural Center out of it in the near future,” he shared his plans in 1949.
For various reasons it took years for those plans to be brought to life. Yet, in 1961 the Nicholas Roerich and Svetoslav Roerich Art Gallery was already receiving visitors.
“You will be very glad to know that now hundreds of visitors go up to the very Naggar in order to see the paintings by Prof. Roerich here at the Gallery. They leave wonderful notes in the Guest Book,” Devika Rani wrote in 1964 to Mr. Pavel Belikov, Nicholas Roerich’s first biographer.
Nowadays, where Nicholas Roerich’s studio and his eldest son’s study used to be there are two halls exhibiting the Himalayan series by Nicholas Roerich, and the third hall – the former study of Nicholas Roerich and his secretary Vladimir Shibaev – displays pictorial works by Svetoslav Roerich.