COMO Museum: Creating Culture
Contemporary Modern Museum of Art (COMO Museum) was founded earlier this year by artist and designer, Seher Tareen, as a love note to Lahore. The beautiful studio space is located in the heart of Gulberg. A stark white exterior houses two interconnected floors for various displays and a rooftop that served as a venue this LLF season. The COMO Museum garden is another reflection of Tareen’s keen eye for all things beautiful.
COMO Museum lays claim to being the first private museum dedicated solely to the preservation and promotion of contemporary and modern art. The purpose is to not only display art but to also encourage, nay, create a ‘museum-going culture’ in Lahore. This is being done through a series of exhibitions, talks, and events being scheduled for months to come. COMO Museum is all prepped to collaborate with organizations such as the Lahore Biennale Foundation (LBF) and the Lahore Literary Festival (LLF). The museum has hosted both organizations and their events in the past and is working closely with them to advance their shared goals; celebrating and sustaining the arts and culture of Pakistan, whilst connecting it with the global narrative.
Open to Public
Earlier COMO Museum was open to a select few, on an invite-only basis but starting April the museum will be open to the general public and purveyors of modern art. Tareen hopes to foster an ecosystem of interactive learning with students from various academic institutions, through hosting field-trips, workshops, and panel talks featuring prominent artists. So far, COMO has exhibited Rashid Rana, Salman Toor, Ali Kazim, Risham Syed, Naiza Khan, and Saba Khan; all prominent practitioners within their respective specialized mediums. Tareen curated these exhibitions- just another aspect of this labor of love.
The book launch for ‘ONE’ is scheduled to take place this month, with event details to be uploaded soon. For those interested in exploring the space, this is a wonderful opportunity to immerse yourselves into the burgeoning modern art circle of Lahore.