Hall of Nations

New Delhi, India

Demolished 2017

The Disappointed Tourist: Hall of Nations, Ellen Harvey, 2021. Oil and acrylic on Gessoboard, 18 x 24″ (46 x 61 cm). Photograph: Etienne Frossard.

The Hall of Nations was an iconic Brutalist New Delhi building designed by the Indian architect Raj Rewel and Structural Engineer Mahendra Raj for the International Trade Fair in 1972, celebrating 25 years of Indian independence. When built, it was one of the world’s largest-span space frame structures. Despite calls for its preservation, the structure was demolished in 2017 to make way for a new exhibition hall. This painting is based on a photograph by Ariel Huber from Wikipedia Commons.

Requested by Nikil P.