- Interact With Art
Symposium # 1: The Private Museum and the Phenomenon of Collection Making
Delhi, December 17, 2011 - The Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, New Delhi, today announced a series of symposia on art, aesthetics and cultural politics beginning from December 2011.
Aligned with KNMA’s mission to affirm the museum as a site of knowledge generation and scholarship, this series of the art history symposiums is the first of its kind by an Indian private contemporary art museum. Spanned over a year, this symposium series will invite academicians, museologists, critics, art-historians, culture-theoreticians and curators from India and abroad to discuss leading aspects of modern and contemporary art history.
The first symposium of the 10 part series is titled: The Private Museum and the Phenomenon of Collection Making. This symposium will bring together speakers who represent different aspects of collecting and positions on aesthetics. The panel is intended to uncover the making of a modern and contemporary art history, the role of the collector as interpreter and archivist, and the interface between public and private art repositories.
Announcing the launch, Kiran Nadar, Chairperson, KNMA said, “In addition to being an interactive platform, KNMA hopes to catalyze inspiring public outreach programs that will further conversations around art while simultaneously expanding art viewership in Delhi. It is with this in mind that KNMA is launching the first of 10 symposiums on art that will feature some of the best known art historians both from India and abroad.”
BN Goswamy, a distinguished art historian and Professor at Emeritus of Art History at Punjab University, Chandigarh; Jyotindra Jain, an Indian art and cultural historian, and museologist; Annapurna Garimella, a designer and art historian and Anupam Poddar, a leading contemporary art collector will be present as speakers, and will talk about “The Private Museum and the Phenomenon of Collection Making”. Parul Dave Mukherji, Professor in the Department of Visual Studies, School of the Arts and Aesthetics will moderate the session. The speakers will represent different aspects of collecting and and museum building. The symposium will largely attempt to uncover the making of a modern and contemporary art history, the role of the collector as interpreter and archivist, and the interface between public and private art repositories.
In the last five years, the museum of modern and contemporary art has become a metropolitan phenomenon. KNMA first opened in 2009 in NOIDA and in 2011 at Saket which is a space more accessible for the public. KNMA has been in the news for its modern and contemporary art collection, as well as its focus on talks, performances, workshops and educational tours. Speaking at the event, Roobina Karode, Director of KNMA said, “The Museum is premised on the belief that it cannot just be a repository for art objects but function as a site for confluence and discourse.”
Guest curator Gayatri Sinha in collaboration with the in-house curatorial team will be curating the symposia series at KNMA titled The Museum Document.
About the Kiran Nadar Museum of Art
Sharing artworks collected over the years by Kiran Nadar, the mission of the Kiran Nadar Museum of Art (KNMA) is to function as a site of confluence rather than mere collection. A non-commercial, non-profit organization, KNMA will be a space for exhibiting modern and contemporary art from India and the subcontinent. It will house an extraordinary array of artworks that highlight the visual trajectories of modern Indian art from the pre-independence to the post-independent decades, covering a wide spectrum of styles and expressions under one roof for simultaneous engagement. Besides well curated art exhibitions, the museum will focus on several cultural and educational programs addressed to diverse kinds of audiences. It will currently be housed in a 18,000 sq.ft. at the DLF South Court Mall in Saket, New Delhi.
With a strong pedagogic commitment, KNMA Outreach caters to different age-groups and variety of audience – school children, college students, families, mall-visiting people, corporate professionals and focuses on the idea of visual arts as a mode of meditation and recreation. KNMA Outreach has in its folds different programmes, such as special art-workshops for children, performance art workshops have been conducted by artist Sonia Khurana and Inder Salim, producing dialogue between visual arts, performance and contemporary dance, also allowing exploration of the museum space differently.
KNMA has been organizing guided tours of the current exhibition at both Noida and Saket museums, along with art-games, quizzes, puzzles, collage-workshops for children from various schools including Vasant Valley School, Ryan International, Salwan Public School, Indian School, Sprindales School and for children from NGOs like Salam Balak Trust.