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Established at the initiative of the avid art collector Kiran Nadar, the Kiran Nadar Museum of Art (KNMA) opened its doors to the public in January 2010, as the first private museum of art exhibiting Modern and contemporary works from India and the sub-continent. Located in the heart of New Delhi, India’s capital city, KNMA as a non-commercial, not-for-profit organization intends to exemplify the dynamic relationship between art and culture through its exhibitions, publications, educational, and public programs.
The ever-growing collection of KNMA is largely focused on significant trajectories. Its core collection highlights a magnificent generation of 20th century Indian painters from the post-Independent decades and equally engages the different art practices of the younger contemporaries.
In Kiran Nadar’s words, “Though the idea of opening a private art museum occurred with the intention of sharing my art collection with the larger public, I was also acutely aware of the existing dearth of institutional spaces that could bring visibility to modern and contemporary art from India and the subcontinent”.
Sponsored by the Shiv Nadar Foundation, KNMA is plugging the lack of art promotion in the public sphere and is working towards encouraging art appreciation. . KNMA aspires to become a place for confluence, through its curatorial initiative and exhibitions, school and college workshops, art appreciation discourses, symposiums and public programs. It is focused on bridging the gap between art and the public and fostering a museum-going culture in India. In order to activate the museum as a site for visual and intellectual dialogue, the museum aims to develop innovative programs that seek active collaborations from artists as well as the public.
KNMA is a noteworthy addition to the list of private art museums that are a part of the shift occurring in the art world across the globe with increasing number of collectors bringing out their collections to the public. The 34,000 square feet museum space has housed several critically acclaimed exhibitions that have celebrated Modern and contemporary art in the country and abroad. KNMA upholds the tradition of art patronage and continues to expand that definition through its education initiatives. It also collaborates with schools, colleges, NGOS, trusts This diffusion of knowledge is achieved through regular workshops where adults and children alike get to learn about new art forms and techniques as well as benefit from their interactions with the artists who frequently head these programs. Screenings of films, stimulating curatorial programs, and curated walks form an integral part of the museum’s ever expanding itinerary.
The enigmatic Kiran Nadar is the Chairperson of Kiran Nadar Museum of Art and a trustee of the Shiv Nadar Foundation. Known as one of India’s most significant art collector, she is also a sport’s enthusiast, and holds merit for being an acclaimed international bridge player. She received the ‘Hero of Philanthropy’ title by Forbes Asia Magazine in 2010 for launching Kiran Nadar Museum of Art - India’s first philanthropic private museum of modern and contemporary art.
Drawing from her diverse and rich experience in advertising and communications, Kiran Nadar plays a very important role in defining the architecture and the aesthetics of Shiv Nadar Foundation’s initiatives.
Kiran Nadar is also member of the Rasaja Foundation, an educational, scientific and cultural institution created in 1984 by the late Jaya Appasamy, a renowned artist, art historian and art critic. As a representative of the Foundation, she has also been involved in a joint initiative with the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation to promote the education of the Dalit and Muslim girl child in some of the most backward districts in the State of Uttar Pradesh in India.
With a background in advertising, communications and brand professional, Kiran Nadar started her career at MCM. Then came her stint at NIIT - a company that grew out of Shiv Nadar's vision for computer education in India. Kiran Nadar was responsible for shaping the NIIT brand in its formative years with Rajendra Pawar and was closely involved in establishing the brand. She is one of the top Indian players of competitive bridge as a member of the “Formidables” team, and has not only won many laurels at the National level but has also represented India several times in international competitive bridge events.
Kiran lives in Delhi, India with her husband Shiv Nadar, Founder, HCL and Chairman, Shiv Nadar Foundation.
Roobina Karode is the Director and Chief Curator at the Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, the first private modern and contemporary art museum in India. Since its inception in 2010, she has curated several acclaimed exhibitions at KNMA. Karode curated 'Open Doors' at the launch of KNMA Noida in 2010 and 'Time Unfolded' at the opening of KNMA Saket in 2011. Focused on expanding the audience-base and connecting the general public with urban art practices, Karode expresses, “KNMA is premised on the belief that art museums today are not merely repositories of art objects or sites of display, but can be mobilized as spaces for dialogue and sustained interaction”.
Karode specializes in Art History and in Education and has been involved with the teaching of Western and Indian Art History (1990-2006) at various institutions, mainly The School of Art & Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, The National Museum Institute, College of Art and the Jamia Millia Islamia University in New Delhi. Karode was awarded the Fulbright Fellowship in 2000 and was placed as a Visiting Scholar at Mills College in California, where she curated Resonance, an exhibition on California Painters and Sculptors from the Mills College Art Collection.
As a critic, she continues to contribute thematic essays and reviews to art journals and the Art India Magazine. She has written extensive monographs on contemporary Indian artists across generations and for cross-cultural collaborations. Karode co-curated a seminal exhibition titled 'Tiger by the Tail! Women Artists of India Transforming Culture' in 2008, showcasing contemporary art by seventeen women artists of India at the Women’s Studies Research Center, Brandeis University, USA. She has also curated a major retrospective exhibition on the internationally acclaimed US based artist-printmaker Krishna Reddy at the IGNCA, New Delhi.
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The Shiv Nadar Foundation (www.ShivNadarFoundation.org) has been established by Shiv Nadar, Founder, HCL - a leading technology and IT enterprise, with over 1,00,000 employees across 31 countries.
The Foundation, established in 1994, is one of the largest philanthropic institutions in India today. It is committed to the creation of a more equitable, meritocracy based society by empowering individuals to bridge the socio-economic divide. It is focused on the underdeveloped disciplinary areas in India related to transformational education, creativity and art.
The Shiv Nadar Foundation set up the SSN Institutions (www.SSN.edu.in ) in 1996, comprising the SSN College of Engineering, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, a highly ranked private engineering college in India, SSN College of Management, SSN Research Center, and SSN School of Advanced Career Education. It offers the finest range of graduate, undergraduate and research programs. Building on the experience from successfully running the SSN Institutions, the Foundation set up the multi-disciplinary Shiv Nadar University (www.SNU.edu.in) in 2011 in a 286 acre campus in Greater Noida. In addition, the Foundation runs the VidyaGyan schools (www.vidyagyan.in) in Bulandshahr and Sitapur, a radical social experiment in nurturing leadership from amongst highly gifted rural children in Uttar Pradesh. Vidyagyan was founded in 2009 and presently has over 1400 students. The Foundation has also set up the Shiv Nadar School (www.shivnadarschool.edu.in), a K12 initiative aiming to establish quality schools across India to provide education that creates lifelong learners. Presently the SNS schools are located in Noida, Gurgaon and Faridabad. The Foundation aims to establish twenty five schools across India over the next ten years. The Foundation has also launched the Kiran Nadar Museum of Art in January 2010, India’s first philanthropic private museum exhibiting Modern and Contemporary works from India and abroad. The museum is located within the HCL premises in NOIDA and inside a commercial mall in Saket.