Kiran Nadar

Indian collector supporting South Asian art and its history

The Kiran Nadar Museum of Art opened in 2010, the first private museum in India. Located in a New Delhi shopping centre (intended to make the institution accessible to as wide a public as possible), the 3,159sqm space this year hosted a series of related solo exhibitions by F. N. Souza, S.H. Raza and M. F. Husain, all members of the mid-twentieth-century Bombay Progressives artist group, and Enactments and each passing day, an exhibition of video art by mainly South Asian artists. Owning approximately 5,500 works (by both Asian and Western artists, of which 300–400 are displayed in New Delhi and Nadar’s second gallery, in Noida), the collector coproduced or loaned many of the works on show at Documenta, including Amar Kanwar’s films and Ganesh Haloi’s paintings; supported the Jayashree Chakravarty exhibition at the Musée Guimet and Nalini Malani’s exhibition at the Centre Pompidou, both in Paris, and sponsored a special project by Sudarshan Shetty at the India Art Fair.