Cymroza at 50

The golden jubilee of Cymroza gallery provides the backdrop for an ambitious set of exhibitions that celebrate a life in art. Dr. Pheroza J. Godrej (nee Shroff) founded Cymroza, in the South Bombay precinct of Breach Candy, whilst still only in her 20’s. Over the next fifty years, the gallery would go on to host a range of seminal exhibitions while Godrej would become a leading figure in the arts ecosystem: not only as a gallerist, but also as a collector, a philanthropist, a patron, an art historian, and, lately, a policy-maker.

A constellation of 3 exhibitions

The Cymroza Chronicles

1971 – 2021

Curated by Ranjit Hoskote

On view till:
October 30, 2021


Mapping the Lost Spectrum

Selections from the
Jamshyd & Pheroza Godrej Collection
Curated by Ranjit Hoskote

On view till:
September 14, 2021


The Unpaved, Crusty, Earthy Road

Nelly Sethna:
A Retrospective
Curated by Nancy Adajania

On view till:
October 30, 2021










About the event

The exhibitions of Cymroza at 50 form a constellation across three venues: Cymroza, Pundole’s, and Chatterjee & Lal. They will open simultaneously on 1 September 2021. Thematically, the contents of each exhibition are designed to complement each other. The Cymroza Chronicles will place rare works and archival ephemera on display at Cymroza, providing a fascinating insight into the gallery’s formative years and exhibition history as well as Godrej’s personal journey with art. At Pundole’s, Ranjit Hoskote will curate a major survey exhibition, Mapping the Lost Spectrum, incorporating highlights from the collection of Jamshyd and Pheroza Godrej. At Chatterjee & Lal, Nancy Adajania will curate The Unpaved, Crusty, Earthy Road, the first retrospective of the important fibre artist Nelly Sethna, an artist championed by Godrej.

In addition to the exhibitions, a series of talks and panel discussions are planned, with a focus on the history of the gallery scene in Mumbai, using Cymroza as an anchor. A publication is planned for release in early to mid-2022.

Together, the Cymroza at 50 events present a landmark moment, and – through the history of both gallery and founder – contextualise the history of exhibition-making and collection formation in India over the last half-century.